Spring means Daylight Saving Time, better weather, allergies, and for book lovers, awards season. Here are the longlists and shortlists announced in the last few days. The Pulitzer Prize winner and two finalists will be announced on May 8 (nominees are not announced).
Women’s Prize for Fiction
The 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist was announced on March 7. Chair of judges, broadcaster and writer Louise Minchin said: “This year’s longlist is a glorious celebration of the boundless imagination and creative ambition of women writers over the past year. Every one of these 16 books is excellent and original in its own individual way; they all offer fresh perspectives on history and humanity, exploring hard truths with empathy, sensitivity, directness, and sometimes infectious humour. There is something here for all readers!”
Globe-spanning locations range from Renaissance Italy, rural India, the Siege of Sarajevo, Northern Ireland during The Troubles and opioid-infested Virginia, to an imaginary kingdom ruled by animals, a hallucinatory old cinema and an underwater world populated with extraordinary creatures.
The judging panel will now whittle these 16 books down to a shortlist of six novels, announced on April 26. The winner of the 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction will be announced on June 14. The winner will receive a check for 30,000 pounds (USD 36,000).
Black Butterflies by Priscilla Morris
Children of Paradise by Camilla Grudova
Cursed Bread by Sophie Mackintosh
Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
Fire Rush by Jacqueline Crooks
Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo
Homesick by Jennifer Croft
I’m a Fan by Sheena Patel
Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow
Pod by Laline Paull
Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes
The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff
The Dog of the North by Elizabeth McKenzie
The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell
Trespasses by Louise Kennedy
Wandering Souls by Cecile Pin
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Aspen Words Literary Award
Aspen Words has selected two short story collections and three novels focused on contemporary social issues for the shortlist of its annual $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize. The award goes to “a work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture,” according to a press release.
The award is open to authors of any nationality and is one of the largest literary prizes in the United States. The longlist was announced in December. A five-person jury selected the shortlist, and the winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Morgan Library in New York City on April 19.
How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water by Angie Cruz
Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah
The Haunting of Hajji Hotak and Other Stories by Jamil Jan Kochai
All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews
The Consequences by Manuel Muñoz
The longlist also included the following books:
When We Were Sisters by Fatima Asghar
Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo
If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery
The Last White Man by Mohsin Hamid
The Last Suspicious Holdout by Ladee Hubbard
What We Fed to the Manticore by Talia Laskhmi Kolluri
Harry Sylvester Bird by Chinelo Okparanta
Memphis by Tara Stringfellow
The Town of Babylon by Alejandro Varela
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction honors the best published works of fiction by American permanent residents in a calendar year. Three writers are chosen annually by the Board of Directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to serve as judges. These judges select an initial longlist of ten books, followed by five finalists, and finally one winner as the “first among equals.” The author of the winning book receives a $15,000 prize. The authors of each of the other finalists receive $5,000. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the MLK Library in Washington, D.C. on May 11.
If I Survive You: Stories by Jonathan Escoffery
Fruiting Bodies: Stories by Kathryn Harlan
The Islands: Stories by Dionne Irving
The Book of Goose by Yiyun Li
Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm by Laura Warrell
Carol Shields Prize for Fiction
A new English-language literary award to celebrate creativity and excellence in fiction by women and non-binary writers in Canada and the United States. The longlist was selected from more than 250 eligible entries of fiction books written by Canadian and U.S. women and non-binary writers, written and published in English in 2022. In addition to the grand prize of $150,000, the winner will receive a residency at Fogo Island Inn, and each of the four finalists will receive $12,500 USD. The five shortlisted titles will be announced on April 6 and the winner on May 4.
Longlist selections were chosen by a jury of esteemed writers including Anita Rau Badami, Merilyn Simonds, Monique Truong, katherena vermette and Crystal Wilkinson.
Daphne Palasi Andreades, Brown Girls
Fatimah Asghar, When We Were Sisters
Andrea Barrett, Natural History: Stories
Lisa Hsiao Chen, Activities of Daily Living
Francine Cunningham, God Isn’t Here Today
Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Woman of Light
Liana Finck, Let There Be Light
Emma Hooper, We Should Not Be Afraid of the Sky
Gish Jen, Thank You, Mr. Nixon
Chelene Knight, Junie
Talia Lakshmi Kolluri, What We Fed to the Manticore
Tsering Yangzom Lama, We Measure the Earth with Our Bodies
Suzette Mayr, The Sleeping Car Porter
Alexis Schaitkin, Elsewhere
Namwali Serpell, The Furrows: A Novel