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Here’s the shortlist for the $50,000 Joyce Carol Oates Prize.

Katie Yee

March 5, 2020, 12:50pm

At a private ceremony today in Lafayette, California, the finalists for this year’s Joyce Carol Oates Prize were announced. (You can read the full press release here.) The finalists were selected by an anonymous jury of publishers, critics, authors, and agents. The prize began in 2017, and is awarded by the Simpson Literary Project to distinguished mid-career fiction writers. Previous winners include T. Geronimo Johnson, Anthony Marra, and Laila Lalami.

Congratulations to the finalists!


The Throwback Special_Chris Bachelder

Chris Bachelder, The Throwback Special
(W. W. Norton)


The Mere Wife, Maria Dahvana Headley

Maria Dahvana Headley, The Mere Wife


The Great Believers_Rebecca Makkai

Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers


Daniel Mason, The Winter Soldier
(Little, Brown and Company)


Peter Orner, Maggie Brown & Others

Peter Orner, Maggie Brown & Others
(Little, Brown and Company)


Dexter Palmer, Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen

Dexter Palmer, Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen


Kevin Wilson, Nothing to See Here

Kevin Wilson, Nothing to See Here
(Ecco Press)


The winner will be announced later this month.

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