The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 list has just dropped, and all of this year’s honorees are women. The honorees were selected by previous National Book Award winners, finalists, and previously recognized 5 Under 35 writers. In order to be considered, the writers must have published their first book (either a novel or collection of stories) within the past five years and must be, of course, under the age of thirty-five. Here’s the list of this year’s honorees:
Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories (Riverhead / Penguin Random House)
Selector: Chris Bachelder, 2016 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction
Halle Butler, author of Jillian (Curbside Splendor)
Selector: Lydia Millet, 2016 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction
Zinzi Clemmons, author of What We Lose (Viking / Penguin Random House)
Selector: Angela Flournoy, 2015 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction and 5 Under 35 honoree
Leopoldine Core, author of When Watched: Stories (Penguin Press / Penguin Random House)
Selector: Karan Mahajan, 2016 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction
Weike Wang, author of Chemistry (Knopf / Penguin Random House)
Selector: Sherman Alexie, 2007 National Book Award Winner for Young People’s Literature
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Honorees will receive a $1,000 prize at a ceremony in November. Previous 5 Under 35 honorees include Kirstin Valdez Quade, Téa Obreht, Karen Russell, Claire Vaye Watkins, Danielle Evans, Phil Klay, and Yaa Gyasi.
National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas said in a statement:
For the last twelve years, the National Book Foundation has been committed to highlighting the exceptional talent of emerging writers and to amplifying new voices. At a moment in which we are having the necessary conversations surrounding the underrepresentation of female voices, it’s a thrill to see this list of tremendous women chosen organically by our selectors. These writers and their work represent an incredibly bright future for the world of literary fiction.
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