Best of the Net 2016 Nominations

We’re proud to announce our Best of the Net 2016 Nominations:






Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad


Die Kranken

Peter Longofono


sexting u directions to my house

Canese Jarboe


Green Volatiles

Julie Feng


hampton street, 5:28pm (dinner conversation)

Lauren Elma Frament


A Material Substratum Will Always Remain

Raquel Salas-Rivera





The Trunk Show

Matthew Baldwin


Death and Life in the City of N

Ron Gibson Jr.





Letter from Obsidian Boarder

Eric Westerlind


The Affair

Stephanie Adams-Santos


Pushcart Prize 2016 Nominations

While always a tremulous decision-making process due to the often astonishing quality of our contributors’ work, Noble / Gas Qtrly editors have nominated the following writers and their pieces for the 2016 Pushcart Prize.
Die Kranken – Peter Longofono, Issue 202.3
Destroyer – Justin Lawrence Daugherty, Issue 202.2
Work – Emily O’Neill, Issue 202.2
fire paints itself – William Emery, Issue 202.3
Mass Ave, 6:34 PM (OR) – Lauren Elma Frament, Issue 202.3
Roots – Joyce Chong, Issue 202.3



Please join us in congratulating these writers on their achievement!

Call for Submissions: Electric Resistance Guest Edited by Kenzie Allen

Submit here: Electric Resistance



When I think of Noble / Gas Quarterly, I think of literature that is electric, that burns and flares (and from whose flame I can determine approximate mineral content), I think of circuits and currents and sources of resistance and power therein. I’m looking for work which is aware of its place in the world, for towering thunderheads and their static charge, for tension or beauty or even work which resists these ideas.

I care about authorial responsibility, about the machinations of inventiveness and also craft. I grew up going with my dad to the St. Louis Science Museum, a veritable playground of scientific principles demonstrated through pulleys, fulcrums, and levers, where conductivity could be demonstrated by holding hands, where rooms spontaneously grew smaller through perspective alone. I was a pretty nerdy kid, obsessed with rocks, and mythology, antiquity and classics, cause and effect, what magic can be made with the most basic of materials. And in the end, I think of the elements of each of our specific and valuable lives and experiences, how they could compose our own bodies as well as those which birth stars, how our memories are only signals along synapses repeated, and how the chemistry of our daily experience keeps us speeding along in the perpetual motion of our desires.

In the end, I’m looking for the best of what you will send to me, and I look forward to reading it, and connecting to you across any ocean.

– Kenzie Allen

Submissions must relate to the category’s theme in some way. Submissions must also follow regular Noble / Gas Quarterly submissions guidelines which can be found here:


Kenzie Allen is a descendant of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin. She graduated from the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan where she was the recipient of Hopwood Awards in poetry and non-fiction, and she has been awarded an Emerging Writer fellowship to Aspen Summer Words and the Littoral Press Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sonora Review, The Iowa Review, Drunken Boat, SOFTBLOW, Day One, Apogee, Boston Review, and elsewhere, and she is the managing editor of the Anthropoid collective. She lives in Norway, and on her tribe’s reservation in Green Bay.

2015 Best of the Net Nominations

We’re proud to announce the 2015 Best of the Net Nominations:


Maribeth Theroux’s “Ideal partner of the groin”

Dalton Day’s “Call Because We Didn’t Know”

Michael Schmeltzer’s “Re: Re: Personal Ad #7 (Love Applies Makeup to Make Us All Clowns)”
William James’ “Breath Stops Cold at the Back of the Throat”

Sonya Vatomsky’s “Apotheosis”

Emily O’Neill’s “Work”


Amanda Miska’s “Our Lady of Perpetual Desire”
Justin Lawrence Daugherty’s “In Every Room, a Prayer”


Kyle Valenta’s “The Flood Next to the Flood”