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2020 Whiting Award Winners

Each year since 1985, the Whiting Foundation, based in New York City, has celebrated and supported emerging writers in the fields of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama by bestowing the Whiting Awards. These Awards, which grant winning writers $50,000 each, recognize the writers' achievements thus far and the promise of their work to come. Previous winners include Colson Whitehead, Jericho Brown, Alexander Chee, Michael Cunningham, Lydia Davis, Jeffrey Eugenides, Denis Johnson, Tony Kushner, Victor Lavalle, Alce McDermott, Sigrid Nunez, William T. Vollmann, and many othes. You can view a list of all Whiting Award winners here.

The announcement of winners each year is a highly anticipated event. We're thrilled for the writers who were recently announced as recipients of the 2020 Whiting Awards and are excited to share their work with readers. Browse the published work of this year's winners below. The Whiting Awards are a wonderful way to discover exciting new writers. 

This year's winners were announced in March and include:

FICTION                          NONFICTION              POETRY                           DRAMA
Andrea Lawlor                Jaquira Díaz                Aria Aber                           Will Arbery
Ling Ma                           Jia Tolentino                Diannely Antigua
Genevieve Sly Crane                                           Jake Skeets
                                                                               Genya Turovskaya

 

 

Hard Damage (Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781496215703
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - September 1st, 2019

Severance: A Novel Cover Image
By Ling Ma
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ISBN: 9781250214997
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Published: Picador - May 7th, 2019

Ugly Music Cover Image
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Published: Yesyes Books - May 15th, 2019

Ordinary Girls: A Memoir Cover Image
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 29th, 2019

Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl Cover Image
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Published: Vintage - April 23rd, 2019

Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers: Poems (National Poetry) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781571315205
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 10th, 2019

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Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Tcg Edition) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781559369886
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - December 15th, 2020

Sorority Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501187483
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - March 5th, 2019

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525510543
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Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

The Breathing Body of This Thought Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780999702826
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Published: Black Square Editions - September 20th, 2019