Aspen Words is proud to present the inaugural longlist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize. These works of fiction, published in 2017, include titles from small presses and large, debuts and established authors, a mix of story collections, novels and translations. All of these works reflect some of society’s most pressing contemporary issues with artistry and humanity. The five finalists will be announced in early March 2018. The winner will be revealed at an Awards Ceremony in New York City on April 10, 2018.

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“Salt Houses”
by Hala Alyan

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“The Devil and Webster”
by Jean Hanff Korelitz

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“What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky”
by Lesley Nneka Arimah

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“The Leavers”
by Lisa Ko

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“The Accusation”
by Bandi (Anonymous)

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“Black Moses”
by Alain Mabanckou

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“Harmless Like You”
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

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“The Refugees”
by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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“What We Lose”
by Zinzi Clemmons

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“The Tower of the Antilles”
by Achy Obejas

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“The Graybar Hotel”
by Curtis Dawkins

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“Music of the Ghosts”
by Vaddey Ratner

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“The Locals”
by Jonathan Dee

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“Lucky Boy”
by Shanthi Sekaran 

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“Difficult Women”
by Roxane Gay

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Mad Country”
by Samrat Upadhyay

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“Exit West”
by Mohsin Hamid

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by Weike Wang

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“The End We Start From”
by Megan Hunter

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 “Sing, Unburied, Sing”
by Jesmyn Ward