News - Literary Awards
News - Literary Awards
Maxim Loskutoff’s debut novel RUTHIE FEAR was named the 2021 High Plains Book Award winner for Fiction. He was previously honored in 2019 in the Short Stories category for his debut collection, COME WEST AND SEE. The judges praise the novel’s titular protagonist: "Ruthie Fear, who only once leaves Montana, has seen more of the world than you or I or most of the world’s fictional characters. She understands life’s too-short sweetness and its dark monsters; she is both a complete original and utterly believable.” The Billings Gazette, meanwhile, calls RUTHIE FEAR “one of the most powerful and resonant novels of 2020,” and Loskutoff “a brilliant and thoughtful writer.” W. W. Norton & Company published the book on September 1, 2020.
THE PROPHETS by Robert Jones Jr. has been longlisted for the 2021 National Book Award in Fiction. The finalists will be announced on October 5, and the winners will be announced on November 17. G.P. Putnam’s Sons published THE PROPHETS on January 5, 2021.
The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing has selected THE DEVIL’S PLAYBOOK by Lauren Etter for the shortlist for the Best in Business Books Awards. The winner will be announced later this fall. Crown published the book on May 25, 2021.
THE MUTANT PROJECT has been longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, a prestigious non-fiction book award in England. St. Martin’s Press published the book November 10, 2020.
PHALLACY by Emily Willingham is a Nonfiction Finalist for the 2020 Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards, recognizing outstanding books published in 2020 written by Texas authors. PHALLACY published September 22, 2020 from Avery.
CHINA ROOM by Sunjeev Sahota has been longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize. The judges praise: "Weaving together two timelines and two continents, CHINA ROOM struck us as a brilliant twist on the novel of immigrant experience, considering in subtle and moving ways the trauma handed down from one generation to the next. In crisp, clean prose, and with a dash of melodramatic action, Sahota turns these heavy themes into something filled with love, hope and humour." The shortlist will be announced on September 14, and the winner will be revealed in a ceremony on November 3. Viking published CHINA ROOM on July 13, 2021.
GOLDEN GATES by Conor Dougherty is the winner of the California Book Awards’ Silver Medal in Nonfiction. The virtual awards ceremony will be held on August 16th at 6:00 p.m. Penguin Press published the book on February 18, 2020.
THE PRETTIEST STAR by Carter Sickels was selected as the 2021 Ohioana Book Award winner in Fiction. The Ohioana Book Awards are “the second oldest, and among the most prestigious, state literary prizes in the nation.” Hub City Press published the novel on May 19, 2020.
Daniel Loedel’s debut novel, HADES, ARGENTINA, has been longlisted for the 2021 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. The shortlist will be announced this fall, and the winner will be announced in December at the Center for Fiction’s Annual Awards Benefit. Riverhead published the book on January 21, 2021.
OF WOMEN AND SALT by Gabriela Garcia has been longlisted for the Crook's Corner Book Prize, which was created to “highlight emerging fiction writers who typically face some of the toughest obstacles in publishing.” The winner will be announced in January 2022. Flatiron Books published OF WOMEN AND SALT on March 30, 2021.