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Here’s the longlist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction.

Rasheeda Saka

September 18, 2020, 10:15am

Last but certainly not least: it’s the time for fiction! The National Book Foundation has announced the ten books contending for this year’s National Book Award for Fiction. The award, created in 1950, is the most prestigious literary prize in the United States, rewarding bold and cogent writing. According to the National Book Foundation’s press release, the longlisted novels were selected from 388 books submitted by publishers from across the country; the list also includes three debut titles and one title from writer Lydia Millet, who has been previously honored by the National Book Awards.

The finalists will be revealed on October 6th, and the winners will be announced live at the virtual National Book Awards Ceremony on November 18th. A hearty congrats to all!


2020 Longlist for the National Book Awards for Fiction

Rumaan Alam, Leave the World Behind

Christopher Beha, The Index of Self-Destructive Acts

Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half

Randall Kenan, If I Had Two Wings

Megha Majumdar, A Burning

Lydia Millet, A Children’s Bible

Deesha Philyaw, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain

Vanessa Veselka, The Great Offshore Grounds

Charles Yu, Interior Chinatown

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