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LITERARY PRIZE

CONGRATULATIONS TO 2018 WINNER
MOHSIN HAMID, AUTHOR OF “EXIT WEST”

Read more about Hamid and his work.

The Aspen Words Literary Prize is a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture. 

The second annual award will be conferred for books published between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The winner will be announced at a celebration in New York City in April 2019, and will receive an award of $35,000. The winner will be the featured speaker and guest of honor in Aspen, Colorado for the June 2019 Aspen Words Summer Benefit.

THE SUBMISSION PROCESS IS OPEN MAY 4 – AUGUST 1, 2018

Entry From buttonPlease read all details on eligibility before completing the entry form. Submissions are open to publishers only.

MEDIA PARTNER

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JURY

The jury is comprised of one Aspen Institute stakeholder, a literary scholar or social scientist, an Aspen Words stakeholder, and two notable authors who have written fiction that aligns with the goals of this prize. They are selected by the Aspen Words Staff in consultation with the Aspen Words Creative Council and the Aspen Institute.

CONTACT

If you are a publisher and would like to receive further information about submitting a work of fiction for the Aspen Words Literary Prize, please sign up here and select the “PUBLISHERS” option at the bottom of the page. For general inquiries, please email literary.prize@aspeninstitute.org or call 970-925-3122 ext 1#.

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