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The Pinch is a journal of fiction, poetry, essays, and visual art produced by the MFA program at the University of Memphis.


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Contest Deadline Extended: March 15th!

Mar 5, 2014

Let’s keep those entries pouring in. After meeting so many wonderful people at AWP, we had to leave the window open for your work a little longer. Now we’ll be closing it down for entries on March 15th. Thanks for sharing your work with us, and we’re excited to read it. More contest info is ...

2014 Pushcart Nominations Announced

Jan 19, 2014

In December, we nominated six pieces for next year’s Pushcart Prize Anthology. We thought it was about time to let you know which we chose. You can order a copy of these issues (or any other!) here. Spring 2013, Issue 33.1 Nonfiction: “The Parade of Prizes,” Marilyn Abildskov Fiction: “Alpha Whiskey Alpha Yankee,” D.J. Thielke ...

Issue 34.1 Sneak Peek!

Jan 13, 2014

The Pinch‘s award-winning cover artist, Gary Golightly, has just delivered some previews of the Spring 2014 issue’s cover, and there’s only one thing to be done about it: share them. If you guessed that this issue may involve themes of mental instability (and perhaps a little space travel), you’d be correct. And whose work is ...