2014–15 Awards for Narrative Authors


Congratulations to the following writers,
whose works received notable distinctions in 2014–2015:

Kirstin Valdez Quade’s story collection Night at the Fiestas has won 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.

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. Wolff was also selected to be a 2014 member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. A number of Wolff’s works are available in our Archive.

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.

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).”

David Bradley’s short story “You Remember the Pin Mill” has been selected for the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, 2014. Bradley’s nonfiction has also appeared in Narrative.

Anthony Marra has won the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for his novel A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, 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. An excerpt from the novel can be found in Narrative’s Stories of the Week: 2012–2013 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.

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.


E. L. Doctorow has won the 2014 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. His short story “The Writer in the Family” can be found in Narrative’s Fall 2012 issue.

Jhumpa Lahiri has been selected for a 2014 National Humanities Medal. Read Lahiri’s short story “The Treatment of Bibi Haldar.”

Tiphanie Yanique has won the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. The $10,000 prize is awarded by the Center for Fiction to the best debut novel published in the previous year. Read Yanique’s story “Where Tourists Don’t Go” in our Spring 2006 issue.

Bob Shacochis has won the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Fiction. He was awarded the $10,000 prize for creating “an intricate portrait of the catastrophic events that have led to an endless cycle of vengeance and war between cultures” in his novel The Woman Who Lost Her Soul. Read an excerpt from Shacochis’s novel here.

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.

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.

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.

Krys Lee has received the American Arts and Letters Rome Fellowship in Literature, awarded annually to two young writers of promise. Lee will spend a year living and writing at the American Academy in Rome. Narrative published Lee’s first story, “The Salaryman,” as well as her Readers’ Narrative, “Kwanghwamun Central City District, Seoul.

Eric Puchner is one of eight writers to receive the 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Awards for Literature. The $7,500 prize is presented annually to encourage creative work in literature. Puchner’s story “Brood X” can be found in Narrative’s Winter 2014 issue.

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.

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.

David Rabe has won the 2014 PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for Master American Dramatist and will be presented with a specially commissioned art object. “Just Before War,” an excerpt from Rabe’ novel Girl by the Side of the Road at Night, can be found in our Archive.

R. O. Kwon has been named a 2014 John Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University. The $10,000 fellowship is given to help new writers complete a significant writing project. Kwon was featured as one of Narrative’s best new writers for her short story “Superhero” and is an assistant editor at Narrative.

Ladan Osman has won the 2014 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. She will receive a $1,000 cash award, and her collection, The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony, will be published both in the United States and in Senegal. Six of Osman’s poems can be found in our Archive.

Taymiya R. Zaman’s short story “Thirst” has been selected for The Pushcart Prize Series, 2014. “Thirst” also won Third Place in Narrative’s Spring 2012 Story Contest and is Zaman’s first published story.

Madhuri Vijay’s short story “Lorry Raja” has been selected for The Pushcart Prize Series, 2014. “Lorry Raja” also won First Place in Narrative’s 2011 N30B Contest and is Vijay’s first published story.