Recent Awards for our Authors


Congratulations to the following writers,
whose works have received notable distinctions:

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s debut novel The Sympathizer has won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The Pulitzer committee lauded the novel as “a layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a ‘man of two minds’—and two countries, Vietnam and the United States.” Nguyen has also won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, which honors writers whose work uses the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and global understanding. Read three of Nguyen’s stories in our Archive.

Rick Bass’s story collection For a Little While has won the 2017 Story Prize. Each year the prize honors the author of an outstanding collection of short fiction with a $20,000 cash award. Bass’s novella “Lease Hound,” which appeared in For a Little While, was published in our Stories of the Week: 2015–2016 issue.

Sharon Olds has won the Academy of American Poets’ Wallace Stevens Award, with a prize of $100,000. Olds was deemed “an American master and a national treasure.” Read her poem “September 2001, New York City” in our Archive.

Ellen Bass has been named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. The Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors was established in 1946 and is an honorary group of esteemed poets who consult with the organization on artistic matters and serve as ambassadors of poetry in the world at large. A number of Bass’s poems are available in our Archive.

Junot Díaz has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Academy was founded in 1898 as an honor society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers. Read an interview with Díaz in our Archive.

Margaret Atwood has won the National Book Critics Circle’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. Named after the first president of the National Book Critics Circle, the award is given annually to a person or institution who has, over time, made significant contributions to book culture. Read an interview with Atwood in our Archive.

Anthony Marra has received the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Literature for his story collection The Tsar of Love and Techno. The collection included the stories “Granddaughters” and “The Palace of the People,” which first appeared in Narrative. Marra’s novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, won the National Book Critics Circle’s first-ever John Leonard Award for a debut book, as well as the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, which recognizes literature that confronts racism and examines diversity. The novel was also chosen as the 2014 Indies Choice Award for Adult Debut Book of the Year and was a finalist for the National Book Award. An excerpt from the novel can be found in Narrative’s Stories of the Week: 2012–2013 issue.

Kirstin Valdez Quade’s story collection Night at the Fiestas has won the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction, as well as the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for a debut book. The collection includes Quade’s short story “Nemecia,” which was selected for the O. Henry Prize Stories, 2014 and “The Manzanos,” which was a Notable Mention in The Best American Short Stories, 2015. Quade has also been named one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 emerging fiction writers, selected by Andre Dubus III.

Joyce Carol Oates’s memoir “The Lost Sister: An Elegy” has been selected for the Best American Essays, 2016. A number of Oates’s works are available in our Archive.

Jean Valentine has won Yale’s 2017 Bollingen Prize for Poetry, with a cash award of $165,000. The prize honors the literary accomplishments of poets whose work continues to define modern American literature, and previous winners include Ezra Pound, E. E. Cummings, Marianne Moore, W. S. Merwin, and many others. A number of Valentine’s poems are available in our Archive.

Norman Dubie’s collection The Quotations of Bone has won the 2016 International Griffin Poetry Prize. The prize, the world’s largest for a single poetry collection, aims to raise awareness of the crucial role poetry plays in our cultural life. A number of Dubie’s poems are available in our Archive.

Ocean Vuong, winner of the 2015 Narrative Prize, has won a 2016 Whiting Award. The $50,000 award is based on early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come. Vuong has also received a 2016 Lannan Fellowship for emerging writers of distinctive literary merit who demonstrate potential for continued outstanding work. Read Vuong’s poetry in our Archive.

Jane Lancellotti’s essay “If You Can’t Say Anything Nice, Write a One-Star Review” has been selected for the Pushcart Prize series, 2017. A number of Lancellotti’s works are available in our Archive.

Mary Morris’s novel The Jazz Palace has won the 2016 Anisfield-Wolf for Fiction. The award recognizes books that make important contributions to our understanding of racism and cultural diversity. A number of Morris’s stories are available in our Archive.

Justin Cronin’s essay “My Daughter and God” has been selected for the Best American Essays, 2015. Cronin’s Narrative 10 interview also appeared in our Fall 2014 issue.

Tobias Wolff has been awarded the National Medal of Arts for his contributions to literature as a writer and educator, presented to him by President Obama in September 2015. A number of Wolff’s works are available in our Archive.

T. Coraghessan Boyle has been awarded the 2015 Rea Award for the Short Story, with a prize of $30,000, as well as the 2014 Robert Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement. A number of Boyle’s works are available in our Archive, including his story about a super-drought in California, “You Don’t Miss Your Water (’Til The Well Runs Dry).”

Donald Hall’s essay “Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr. Dr.” has received notable mention in the Best American Essays, 2015. A number of Hall’s works are available in our Archive, including an audio interview with the legendary author.

Tessa Hadley has won the 2016 Windham Campbell Prize. The $150,000 prize calls attention to literary achievement and provides writers with the opportunity to focus on their work, independent of financial concerns. Read an excerpt from Hadley’s novel Clever Girl.

Lisa Ko has won the 2016 PEN/Bellweather Award for Socially Engaged Fiction. The award, which was established in 2000 by Barbara Kingsolver and is funded entirely by her, was created to promote fiction that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. Read Ko’s story “Jackpot” in our Archive.

Ben Lerner has been named a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. Awarded to artists and intellectuals with exceptional creativity, the fellowship will provide Lerner with a $625,000 stipend over five years. A number of Lerner’s poems are available in our Archive.

Julie Diamond’s story “Debt” was recognized as a Notable Mention in The Best American Stories, 2015, and Josip Novakovich’s essay “Jerusalem According to Cats” was recognized as an notable mention in The Best American Travel Writing, 2015.

Shann Ray’s essay “Takes Enemy” was recognized as a Notable Mention in The Best American Sports Writing, 2015, and his poetry collection Balefire won the High Plains Book Award for poetry. Read Ray’s poetry from our Winter 2014 issue.

Josh Weil has won the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction. The $10,000 prize honors writers whose work uses the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and global understanding. Read the story that grew into Weil’s novel The Great Glass Sea.

Sherman Alexie has won the Katherine Anne Porter Award. The $20,000 prize is awarded biannually to honor a prose writer who has demonstrated great achievement and dedication to the literary profession. He has also been selected to be a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Several of Alexie’s poems and six-word stories can be found in our Archive.

Geoff Dyer has won the 2015 Windham Campbell Prize. The $150,000 prize calls attention to literary achievement and provides writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns. Read an excerpt from Dyer’s nonfiction work But Beautiful: A Book about Jazz.

Joseph Stroud has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lannan Foundation. The Lannan Literary Awards were established in 1989 to honor established and emerging writers whose work is of exceptional quality. A number of Stroud’s poems can be found in our Archive.

Tod Marshall has been appointed the fourth Washington State Poet Laureate. He also won the 2015 Washington State Book Award in poetry for his collection Bugle. Read Marshall’s poem “Scars” in our Poems of the Week 2014–2015 issue.

Will Boast has received the American Arts and Letters Rome Fellowship in Literature, awarded annually to two young writers of promise. Boast will spend a year living and writing at the American Academy in Rome. A number of Boast’s stories, as well as an excerpt from his memoir, Epilogue, is available in the Archive.