News - Literary Awards

News - Literary Awards

April 16, 2021

Xiaolu Guo’s A LOVER’S DISCOURSE has been longlisted for the 2021 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. The prize “rewards outstanding novels and collections of short stories first published in the UK that illuminate major social and political themes, present or past, through the art of narrative.” The Orwell prize shortlists for each category will be announced later this spring, and the winners will be announced on George Orwell’s birthday on June 25th. Grove Press published the novel on October 13, 2020.

April 1, 2021

FIGURE IT OUT by Wayne Koestenbaum is a finalist for the Publishing Triangle’s Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction. The Randy Shilts Award “honors the journalist whose groundbreaking work on the AIDS epidemic for the San Francisco Chronicle made him a hero to many in the community. This award recognizes the best nonfiction book of the year by or about gay men, bisexual men, and/or trans men, or that has significant influence upon the lives of queer men.” Soft Skull published the book on May 5, 2020.

April 1, 2021

MINOR FEELINGS by Cathy Park Hong is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in the Autobiography category. The award is presented annually to “the finest books published in English in six categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism.” One World published the book on February 25, 2020.

March 19, 2021

De’Shawn Charles Winslow’s IN WEST MILLS is the winner of the 2021 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. Jonathan Haupt, contest judge and executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, writes: “Winslow has given us such a world in his vision of West Mills – a world notably dedicated ‘to the reader’ in which Black stories matter and we cannot help but wish we would linger, listen and learn a while longer.” Bloomsbury published the book on June 4, 2019.

March 19, 2021

GOLDEN GATES by Conor Dougherty has been shortlisted for The New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. The award “honors a journalist whose work brings clarity and public attention to important issues, events, or policies.” Penguin Press published the book on February 18, 2020.

March 11, 2021

HELLO NUMBERS! WHAT CAN YOU DO? by Edmund Harriss and Houston Hughes is shortlisted for Chalkdust’s 2020 Book of the Year. They recommend the title “to anyone with younger primary aged children or relatives looking for a fun book to encourage some number-related exploration and play with a child.”

March 5, 2021

I CONTAIN MULTITUDES author and Atlantic writer Ed Yong is the winner of the 73rd annual George Polk Awards in Science Reporting. Yong was awarded for “his clear and insightful analysis of factors behind the spread of Covid-19 and failed efforts to bring it under control. Yong’s March 25 account, ‘How the Pandemic Will End,’ correctly predicted its inordinately severe impact in the U.S., a circumstance his August 4 story, ‘How the Pandemic Defeated America,’ explained in devastating detail." Ecco Press published I CONTAIN MULTITUDES on August 1, 2016.

February 26, 2021

TIGHTROPE by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn is a finalist for the 2021 Audie Awards in the Non-Fiction category. The Audie Awards are awarded by the Audio Publishers Association, and are “recognized as the most prestigious awards in audiobook and spoken word entertainment,” and are awarded by the Audio Publishers Association. The winners will be announced at the Audie Awards Gala, which will stream live on March 22, 2021 at 9pm EST. Knopf published the book on January 14, 2020.

February 26, 2021

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has awarded THE BLOSSOM AND THE FIREFLY by Sherri L. Smith the 2021 Golden Kite Award for Young Adult Fiction. Smith’s historical novel was chosen by a panel of well-regarded authors from among the thousand titles submitted for the award. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers published the book on February 18, 2020.

February 26, 2021

MINOR FEELINGS by Cathy Hong Park is a finalist for the 2021 Audie Awards in the Short Stories/Collections Category. The winners will be announced at the Audie Awards Gala, which will stream live on March 22, 2021 at 9pm EST. One World published the hardcover edition of MINOR FEELINGS on February 25, 2020, and will publish the paperback on March 2, 2021.