News - Literary Awards

News - Literary Awards

IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow
September 22, 2020

IN WEST MILLS has won an American Book Award. The award was created to recognize extraordinary literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community. The book was also announced as a finalist for the Willie Morris Awards for Southern Writing 2019 fiction shortlist. Bloomsbury Publishing published the book June 16, 2020.

THE LOST BOOK OF ADANA MOREAU by Michael Zapata
September 21, 2020

Michael Zapata's debut novel THE LOST BOOK OF ADANA MOREAU has been nominated for a Heartland Booksellers Award in the Adult Fiction category. The joint venture from the Great Lakes and Midwest Independent Book Sellers Associations aims to “celebrate literature in the Great Lakes and Midwest, with content either about the region, or an author from our region." Booksellers from 12 states and 300 bookstores will vote on a winner, which will be announced October 15th, 2020. Hanover Square Press published the book on February 4, 2020.

WHY WE BELIEVE by Agustín Fuentes
September 10, 2020

WHY WE BELIEVE by Agustín Fuentes has been awarded the inaugural International Society for Science & Religion (ISSR) Book Prize in the Field of Science and Religion, in the ‘popular’ category. The ISSR writes: “This is an accessible and beautifully clear account of how our capacity for belief has evolved and its vital importance in human societies. In this rich, interdisciplinary book, Fuentes identifies belief as that which shapes economics and a range of other human activities beyond religion.” Yale University Press published the book on September 24, 2019.

THE SHADOW KING by Maaza Mengiste
August 14, 2020

THE SHADOW KING by Maaza Mengiste was longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. The Booker Prizes reward the finest in fiction, highlighting great books to readers and transforming authors’ careers. W.W. Norton & Company published the book on September 24, 2019.

EXHALATION by Ted Chiang
July 16, 2020

Ted Chiang has received his fifth and sixth Locus Awards. His short story collection EXHALATION won best collection, and his story “Omphalos” won best novella. Given out every year, the Locus Awards recognize the best writing in science fiction. Chiang was also inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame at the Museum of Popular Culture in Seattle. Ted joins the ranks of other writers who have been recognized with the honor, including Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler, Margaret Atwood, Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and more. Knopf published EXHALATION on May 7, 2019.

SMALL SPACES by Katherine Arden
July 16, 2020

Katherine Arden’s SMALL SPACES is the winner of the 2019-2020 Vermont Middle-Grade Book Award. Honoring excellence in children’s literature, the prize is selected in a vote by Vermont school children in grades 4-8. G.P. Putnam’s Sons Book for Young Readers published the book on September 25, 2018.

THE OLD DRIFT by Namwali Serpell
June 18, 2020

The African Speculative Fiction Society has nominated THE OLD DRIFT for their Ilube Nommo Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel by an African. The winner will be announced in the fall. Hogarth published the book on March 26, 2019.

EXHALATION by Ted Chiang
June 12, 2020

Ted Chiang is a finalist for four 2020 Locus Awards, nominated in the Best Collection category for EXHALATION, the Best Novella category for “Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom,” the Best Novelette category for “Omphalos,” and the Best Short Story category for “It’s 2059, and the Rich Kids are Still Winning.” Knofp published his short story collection, EXHALATION, on May 7, 2019.

IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow
June 12, 2020

IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow has made the 2020 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing shortlist for fiction. The prize is “intended to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation.” Winners and finalists will be announced in late summer/early fall. Bloomsbury published the book on June 4, 2019.

RULES FOR VISITING by Jessica Francis Kane
June 5, 2020

RULES FOR VISITING by Jessica Francis Kane has been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction, the U.K.’s only literary award for comic literature. The winner will be announced on June 24th. Penguin Press published the book on May 14, 2019.