Recent Awards for Our Authors


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

Richard Bausch’s story “In That Time” has been selected for the Pushcart Prize series, 2020. More than a dozen selections by Bausch, who has previously been honored with the Rea Award for his contributions to the discipline of the short story form, are available in Narrative’s Archive.

Cally Fiedorek’s story “In The Arms of Saturday Night” has been selected for the Pushcart Prize series, 2020. Fiedorek’s stories “Eminent Domain” and “People (Interlude)” can be found in the Archive.

Jane Delury has received the 2019 American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction for her novel-in-stories The Balcony. The novel includes the work “Nothing of Consequence,” originally published in Narrative and selected for the O. Henry Prize Stories in 2011.

Anthony Marra, winner of the 2012 Narrative Prize, has won the $50,000 Simpson Family Literary Prize (2018), a collaboration of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation and the University of California at Berkeley English department. Marra also received the 2016 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 won the $4,000 Narrative Prize after his first published story, “Chechnya,” appeared in Narrative, followed by several other stories and an essay.

Hal Crowther’s essay “Christian Soldiers” has been selected for the Pushcart Prize series, 2019. The essay also received notable mention in the Best American Essays, 2018. More of Crowther’s nonfiction is available in our Archive.

Kwame Dawes has received a 2019 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. Dawes’s poetry can be found in our Archive.

Tyree Daye has received a 2019 Whiting Award. The $50,000 awards are based on early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come. Daye’s poetry can be found in our Archive.

Sherman Alexie’s story “A Vacuum Is a Space Entirely Devoid of Matter” and T. Coraghessan Boyle’s story “Warrior Jesus” received notable mentions in the Best American Short Stories, 2018.

Joyce Carol Oates’s novel A Book of American Martyrs has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the category of mystery/thriller. An excerpt from the novel was originally published in Narrative. Oates’s memoir “The Lost Sister: An Elegy” was also selected for the Best American Essays, 2016. More of Oates’s work is available in our Archive.

Annie Proulx has won the 2018 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, recognizing an experienced writer whose body of work has “told us something new about the American experience.” Read Proulx’s story “Heart Songs” in our Archive.

Mary Gaitskill, Rick Moody, and     Brenda Shaughnessy have won the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2018 Awards in Literature. The $10,000 awards are presented each year to honor exceptional accomplishment in literature. We have a number of works by Gaitskill, Moody, and Shaughnessy in our Archive.

Lydia Conklin has been named a 2018 winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. Each year the Rona Jaffe Foundation awards six $30,000 prizes to emerging women writers singled out for excellence and exceptional talent. Conklin’s short story “Bear With Me,” as well as a number of her cartoons, are available in our Archive.

Alberto Álvaro Ríos has won the 2018 Shelley Award, presented annually to recognize individuals who have promoted public support for arts and culture. The award is the highest distinction Arizona offers in arts advocacy within the state. A number of Ríos’s poems can be found in our Archive.

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.

Gail Godwin’s novel Grief Cottage has been named one of the Top 10 Books of 2017 by Publisher’s Weekly. Read an excerpt from Godwin’s novel in our Archive.

Jhumpa Lahiri has won the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. Read Lahiri’s story “The Treatment of Bibi Haldar” 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.

Ama Codjoe has won a 2017 Writers’ Award from the Rona Jaffe Foundation. The 30,000 award supports women writers of exceptional talent, especially those in the early stages of their writing careers. Read Codjoe’s poetry in our Archive.

Kirstin Valdez Quade’s story collection Night at the Fiestas has won the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ 2016 Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. 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.

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.

Paisley Rekdal has been named Utah’s new poet laureate. The post, established in 1997, is a governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts throughout the state. A number of Rekdal’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.

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.

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.