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Best American Short Stories 2019. ed. Anthony Doerr named Emma Copley Eisenberg’s story “Forty-Four Thousand Pounds” from The Common Issue 15, as a Notable Story of 2019.


The Pushcart Prize. Ben Shattuck’s Issue 16 story, “The History of Sound,” has won a Pushcart Prize and will be featured in the 2019 anthology.


Best Small Fictions 2019. Hugo Ríos Cordero’s story, “Coloso,” was selected for feature in the 2019 anthology from Sonder Press.


Craft Literary. Michelle Ross’s story “Key Concepts in Ecology,” originally published in Issue 10, has been selected by Craft Literary for reprint.


Gretchen Warren Award at the New England Poetry Club. Donald Vincent selected Leslie McGrath’s poem “Encountering Franz Wright Along the Way,” published online in September 2016, as co-winner of the award.

Utne Reader
. Don Messerschmidt’s essay “One Monsoon,” published online in December 2016, has been selected by the Utne Reader to appear in their Fall 2017 issue.

O. Henry Prize 2017.
 ed. Laura Furman selected Paola Peroni’s story “Protection” from The Common Issue 09 as a prizewinner for the 2017 anthology.


PEN/America Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers 2017. Pen America named Emily Chammah’s “Tell Me, Please” from The Common Issue 12 a prizewinner for 2017.

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction 2017.
PEN America included Clare Beams’s short story collection We Show What We Have Learned as a finalist, first excerpted in The Common Issue 12.

PEN Translation Prize 2017.
Pen America included Hilal Chouman’s Limbo Beirut, on their longlist for the 2017 Translation Award, first excerpted in The Common Issue 11.

The Best Women’s Travel Writing Volume 11
. ed. Lavinia Spalding chose Anna Badkhen’s essay “The Storytelling Animal” from Issue 12 for inclusion in the 2017 anthology.

Best American Essays 2016.
ed. Jonathan Franzen named Katherine Dykstra’s essay “Siena” from The Common Issue 10, as a Notable Essay of 2016.

Best New Poets 2016
ed. Mary Szybist chose Jen Jabaily-Blackburn’s poem “Braintree” from The Common Issue 10 for inclusion in the 2016 anthology.

The Best American Poetry 2016
ed. Edward Hirsch, included Rowan Ricardo Phillips’ “The First Last Light in the Sky,” from The Common Issue 09.

The CLMP Firecracker Award 2016.
 The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) named The Common a finalist for the Firecracker Award, an award dedicated to celebrating independent literary publishers.

Literary Hub
named Ben Shattuck’s essay “He’s-at-Home” from The Common Issue 10 as one of their top ten most read stories of 2015.

featured Kashana Cauley’s “The Electric City,” from The Common Issue 09, on their “Best of 2015” fiction list.

The National Endowment for the Arts
 awarded The Common a 2015 Art Works Grant for the second year in a row.

The National Endowment for the Arts
 awarded The Common a 2014 Art Works Grant in the magazine’s first year of eligibility.

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2014,
ed. Dave Eggers, named Rolf Potts and Cedar Van Tassel’s “The Misadventures of Wenamun” as Notable Nonrequired Reading of 2013.


The Best American Poetry 2013, ed. Denise Duhamel, included Peter Jay Shippy’s “Western Civilization” as well as Angela Veronica Wong and Amy Lawless’ “It Can Feel Amazing to Be Targeted By a Narcissist,” both from The Common Issue 03.

The Best American Essays 2013,
ed. Cheryl Strayed, named Rolf Potts’ “Tourist Snapshots,” from The Common Issue 03, as a Notable Essay of 2012.

The Best American Short Stories 2013,
ed. Elizabeth Strout, named Jennifer Haigh’s “A Place in the Sun,” from The Common Issue 04, as a Distinguished Story of 2012.

The Best American Poetry 2012,
ed. Mark Doty, included Mary Jo Salter’s “The Gods” and Honor Moore’s “Song,” both from The Common Issue 01.

The 26th Annual New York Book Show
 recognized The Common Issues 01 and 02, which won a second place literary magazine design award.