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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


    home remedies

    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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