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”

Christi Craig, Emilee Wirshing Depart N.G.Q., Sorrow Ensues

Abruptly, it swept through our field of vision: the fact that neither associate editor Christi Craig, professional quitter, nor poetry editor Emilee Wirshing, born bearing a white flag aloft, could hack it at Noble / Gas Qtrly. The merest allusion to either of these two yellow-bellied milksops elicits the sensation that one’s meal has dug in its heels, has begun to summit. Isn’t it fitting, then, that our two former editors, noted invertebrates of pusillanimous deportment, exited through the vomitorium in the draft of our latest issue? Had these sentient two-weeks’ notices planned to abscond hitchlessly to their ignominious roosts without first tholing the cudgels of the public’s gauntlet hand, may we suggest, with some cheek, that those plans be revised?

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Biannual Transparency Report (1)

Magic, after a certain age, rivets one more for its practitioner’s cunning and showmanship, his or her capacity to keep cloaked the serried rows of individual components that work to deceive you, than it does for any notion of preternature. Even afforded such transparency, you may lack the dexterity of mind—let alone hand—to understand it cohesively. We at Noble / Gas Qtrly surmise that any attempt at deception would inexorably lead to future issues that flatter to deceive; we very much want you to pay attention to that man behind the curtain.

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Submissions for Issue 202.3: Open

To spare your emotions—to spare you from having to consider that something is gone, carried away like all you have loved or will ever love—let us say that Issue 202.2’s reading period for general submissions has not ended but has evolved into Issue 202.3’s reading period. In some lights you’ll see Issue 202.2 in Issue 202.3—202.3’s lips move silently in reading just as 202.2’s did; they share the same aquiline nose, elegant, savage. Earth keeps turning.


The deadline will be announced via Twitter in April.


Please refer to the journal’s submission guidelines before submitting work.


Thank you.

2016 Pushcart Prize Nominations

The following is a list of words, phrases, and ballyhooing the towering likes of Mary Karr, Charles Baxter, Publishers Weekly, New York Times, and more have used to describe the annual Pushcart Prize: “urgent and absolutely necessary,” “invaluable,” “powerhouse,” “distinguished,” “essential,” “the most creative, the most generous,” and “one of the very best things that could happen to a writer.”
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Classifieds: Readers

Noble / Gas Qtrly is nosing through the marketplace in search of a small corps of readers of all genres. This journal promises to show you something different from either your shadow at morning striding behind you or your shadow at evening rising to meet you; it will show you fear in a handful of unedited submissions.

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