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Announcing the finalists for the $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize.

Katie Yee

February 19, 2020, 10:00am

The Aspen Institute has just announced the shortlist for their Aspen Words Literary Prize, an annual award honoring a work of fiction that highlights important contemporary issues. This year’s finalists were selected by Alexander Chee, Amy Garmer, Saeed Jones, Helen Obermeyer, and Esmeralda Santiago. The winner will be celebrated at a ceremony at The Morgan Library on April 16th and will receive $35,000.

Congratulations to the finalists!

Brian Allen Carr, Opioid, Indiana

Brian Allen Carr, Opioid Indiana
(Soho Press)

Nicole Dennis-Benn, Patsy (Liveright)

Nicole Dennis-Benn, Patsy

The Beekeeper of Aleppo_Christy Lefteri

Christy Lefteri, The Beekeeper of Aleppo

lost children archive valeria luiselli

Valeria Luiselli, Lost Children Archive


Bryan Washington, Lot

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