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 on April 11, 2019, and will receive an award of $35,000. Finalists will each receive $1,000 (a new addition for 2019).
THE SUBMISSION PROCESS for 2018 titles is now closed. The longlist will be announced on November 19.
CONGRATULATIONS TO 2018 WINNER
MOHSIN HAMID, AUTHOR OF “EXIT WEST”
Read more about Hamid and his work.
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.
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