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The NYPL has announced the 2020 Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists.

Katie Yee

May 19, 2020, 10:12am

For the past 20 years, the New York Public Library has been celebrating the work of young writers with the Young Lions Fiction Award, which is given annually to an American writer age 35 and younger. Past winners include Amelia Gray, Jonathan Safran Foer, Colson Whitehead, and Lesley Nneka Arimah.

The finalists are selected by a group of writers, editors, and of course, librarians. This year’s panel of award judges includes Ling Ma, last year’s winner and, yes, author of the incredibly timely pandemic novel, Severance. Stay tuned to find out which of the following five young lions will take home the $10,000 prize.

Congratulations to the finalists!



Bryan Washington, Lot


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Xuan Juliana Wang, Home Remedies


Steph Cha, Your House Will Pay

Steph Cha, Your House Will Pay


Kiley Reid, Such a Fun Age

Kiley Reid, Such a Fun Age
(G.P. Putnam’s Sons)


Julia Phillips, Disappearing Earth

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