Whiting Awards

The Whiting Award is an American award presented annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. The award is sponsored by the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation and has been presented since 1985. As of 2007, winners receive US$50,000.[1][2]

The nominees are chosen through a juried process, and the final winners are selected by a committee of writers, scholars, and editors, selected each year by the Foundation. Writers cannot apply for the prize themselves, and the Foundation does not accept unsolicited nominations.[3]

Year Recipients
2020 Aria Aber, poetry Diannely Antigua, poetry Will Arbery, drama Jaquira Díaz, nonfiction Andrea Lawlor, fiction Ling Ma, fiction Jake Skeets, poetry Genevieve Sly Crane, fiction Jia Tolentino, nonfiction Genya Turovskaya, poetry
2019[4] Kayleb Rae Candrilli, poetry Tyree Daye, poetry Hernan Diaz, fiction Michael R. Jackson, drama Terese Marie Mailhot, nonfiction Nadia Owusu, nonfiction Nafissa Thompson-Spires, fiction Merritt Tierce, fiction Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, poetry Lauren Yee, drama
2018 Anne Boyer, nonfiction, poetry Patty Yumi Cottrell, fiction Nathan Alan Davis, drama Hansol Jung, drama Rickey Laurentiis, poetry Antoinette Nwandu, drama Tommy Pico, poetry Brontez Purnell, fiction Esmé Weijun Wang, nonfiction Weike Wang, fiction
2017[5] Clare Barron, drama Jen Beagin, fiction Francisco Cantú, nonfiction Clarence Coo, drama Kaitlyn Greenidge, fiction Lisa Halliday, fiction James Ijames, drama Tony Tulathimutte, fiction Simone White, poetry Phillip B. Williams, poetry
2016 Brian Blanchfield, nonfiction J. D. Daniels, nonfiction LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, poetry Madeleine George, drama Mitchell S. Jackson, fiction Alice Sola Kim, fiction Catherine Lacey, fiction Layli Long Soldier, poetry Safiya Sinclair, poetry Ocean Vuong, poetry
2015 Anthony Carelli, poetry Leopoldine Core, fiction Aracelis Girmay, poetry Lucas Hnath, drama Jenny Johnson, poetry Dan Josefson, fiction Elena Passarello, nonfiction Roger Reeves, poetry Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, fiction Anne Washburn, drama
2013 Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, fiction & nonfiction Amanda Coplin, fiction Jennifer duBois,
Virginia Grise, playwright Ishion Hutchinson, poetry Morgan Meis, nonfiction C.E. Morgan, fiction Rowan Ricardo Phillips,
Clifford Thompson, nonfiction Stephanie Powell Watts, fiction
2012 Ciaran Berry, poetry Danai Gurira, playwright Alan Heathcock, fiction Samuel D. Hunter, playwright Mona Mansour, playwright Anthony Marra, fiction Meg Miroshnik, playwright Hanna Pylväinen, fiction Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, non-fiction Atsuro Riley, poetry
2011 Scott Blackwood, fiction Ryan Call, fiction Don Mee Choi, poetry Paul Clemens, nonfiction Eduardo C. Corral, poetry Amy Herzog, plays Shane McCrae, poetry Daniel Orozco, fiction Teddy Wayne, fiction Kerri Webster, poetry
2010 David Adjmi, plays Elif Batuman, nonfiction Michael Dahlie, fiction Matt Donovan, poetry Rattawut Lapcharoensap, fiction Amy Leach, nonfiction Lydia Peelle, fiction Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, nonfiction Jane Springer, poetry L.B. Thompson, poetry
2009 Jericho Brown, poetry Jay Hopler, poetry Adam Johnson, fiction Rajiv Joseph, plays Joan Kane,
Michael Meyer, nonfiction Nami Mun,
Hugh Raffles, nonfiction Salvatore Scibona,
Vu Tran,
2008 Mischa Berlinski,
Rick Hilles, poetry Donovan Hohn, nonfiction Douglas Kearney, poetry Laleh Khadivi, fiction Manuel Muñoz, fiction Dael Orlandersmith, plays Benjamin Percy, fiction Julie Sheehan, poetry Lysley Tenorio, fiction
2007 Sheila Callaghan, plays Ben Fountain, fiction Paul Guest,
Brad Kessler, fiction Cate Marvin, poetry Tarell Alvin McCraney,
Carlo Rotella, nonfiction Dalia Sofer, fiction Peter Trachtenberg, nonfiction Jack Turner, nonfiction
2006 Sherwin Bitsui, poetry Charles D’Ambrosio, fiction Stephen Adly Guirgis,
Tyehimba Jess,
Suji Kwock Kim, poetry Yiyun Li, fiction Micheline Aharonian Marcom, fiction Nina Marie Martínez,
Bruce Norris,
Patrick O’Keeffe, fiction
2005 Sarah Shun-lien Bynum,
Thomas Sayers Ellis, poetry Nell Freudenberger, fiction Rinne Groff, plays Ilya Kaminsky, poetry Seth Kantner, fiction John Keene, fiction/poetry Dana Levin,
Spencer Reece, poetry Tracy K. Smith, poetry
2004 Daniel Alarcón, fiction Kirsten Bakis, fiction Catherine Barnett, poetry Dan Chiasson, poetry Allison Glock, nonfiction Elana Greenfield, plays A. Van Jordan, poetry Victor LaValle, fiction John Jeremiah Sullivan,
Tracey Scott Wilson,
2003 Courtney Angela Brkic, fiction and nonfiction Alexander Chee,
Christopher Cokinos, nonfiction Trudy Dittmar, nonfiction Major Jackson, poetry Agymah Kamau, fiction Ann Pancake, fiction Lewis Robinson, fiction Jess Row, fiction Sarah Ruhl,
2002 Jeffery Renard Allen, fiction Elizabeth Arnold, poetry Justin Cronin, fiction Kim Edwards, fiction David Gewanter, poetry Melissa James Gibson, plays Michelle Huneven, fiction Danzy Senna, fiction Evan Smith, plays Joshua Weiner, poetry
2001 Judy Blunt, nonfiction Joel Brouwer, poetry Emily Carter, fiction Kathleen Finneran, nonfiction Matthew Klam, fiction Brighde Mullins, plays Akhil Sharma, fiction Jason Sommer, poetry Samrat Upadhyay, fiction John Wray,
2000 Robert Cohen, fiction Samantha Gillison, fiction Andrew X. Pham, nonfiction Lily King, fiction John McManus, fiction Albert Mobilio, poetry/fiction James Thomas Stevens (Aronhiotas), poetry Kelly Stuart, plays Colson Whitehead, fiction Claude Wilkinson, poetry
1999 Gordon Grice, nonfiction Michael Haskell, poetry Ehud Havazelet, fiction Terrance Hayes, poetry Naomi Iizuka, plays Ben Marcus, fiction Yxta Maya Murray, fiction ZZ Packer, fiction Margaret Talbot, nonfiction Martha Zweig, poetry
1998 Michael Byers, fiction Nancy Eimers, poetry Daniel Hall, poetry W. David Hancock, plays James Kimbrell, poetry Ralph Lombreglia, fiction/nonfiction D. J. Waldie, nonfiction Anthony Walton, nonfiction Charles Harper Webb, poetry Greg Williamson, poetry
1997 Jo Ann Beard, nonfiction Connie Deanovich, poetry Erik Ehn,
Forrest Gander, poetry Jody Gladding, poetry Suketu Mehta, fiction/nonfiction Ellen Meloy, nonfiction Josip Novakovich, fiction/ nonfiction Melanie Rae Thon, fiction Mark Turpin, poetry
1996 Anderson Ferrell, fiction Cristina García, fiction Molly Gloss, fiction Brigit Pegeen Kelly, poetry Brian Kiteley, fiction Chris Offutt, fiction/nonfiction Elizabeth Spires, poetry Patricia Storace, nonfiction/ poetry Judy Troy, fiction A.J. Verdelle, fiction
1995 André Aciman, nonfiction Michael Cunningham, fiction Lucy Grealy, nonfiction/ poetry Suzannah Lessard, nonfiction Reginald McKnight, fiction James McMichael, poetry Mary Ruefle, poetry Russ Rymer, nonfiction Matthew Stadler, fiction Melanie Sumner, fiction
1994 Mark Doty, poetry Louis Edwards, fiction Kennedy Fraser, nonfiction Mary Hood, fiction Randall Kenan, fiction/nonfiction Wayne Koestenbaum, nonfiction/poetry Rosemary Mahoney, nonfiction Claudia Roth Pierpont, nonfiction Mary Swander, poetry/nonfiction Kate Wheeler, fiction
1993 Jeffrey Eugenides, fiction Dagoberto Gilb,
Kevin Kling,
Mark Levine, poetry Nathaniel Mackey, poetry/fiction Dionisio D. Martinez
Sigrid Nunez,
Janet Peery, fiction Kathleen Peirce, poetry Lisa Shea,
1992 Roger Fanning, poetry Eva Hoffman, nonfiction R.S. Jones,
J.S. Marcus, fiction Jane Mead, poetry Suzan-Lori Parks, plays Katha Pollitt, poetry/nonfiction Keith Reddin, plays José Rivera, plays Damien Wilkins, fiction
1991 Stanley Crouch, nonfiction Rebecca Goldstein, fiction Allegra Goodman, fiction John Holman, fiction Cynthia Kadohata, fiction Scott McPherson, plays Thylias Moss, poetry Rick Rofihe,
J Anton Shammas, fiction/nonfiction Franz Wright, poetry
1990 Emily Hiestand, poetry Tony Kushner, plays Yannick Murphy, fiction Lawrence Naumoff, fiction Dennis Nurkse, poetry Mark Richard, fiction Harriet Ritvo, nonfiction Christopher Tilghman,
Amy Wilentz, nonfiction Stephen Wright, fiction
1989 Ellen Akins, fiction Russell Edson, poetry Ian Frazier, nonfiction Mary Karr, poetry Natalie Kusz, nonfiction Luc Sante, nonfiction Timberlake Wertenbaker, plays Marianne Wiggins, fiction Tobias Wolff, nonfiction/fiction C. D. Wright, poetry
1988 Michael Burkard,
Lydia Davis, fiction Bruce Duffy, fiction Gerald Early, nonfiction Jonathan Franzen, fiction Mary La Chapelle, fiction Li-Young Lee, poetry Sylvia Moss, poetry Geoffrey O'Brien, nonfiction William T. Vollmann, fiction
1987 Mindy Aloff, nonfiction Joan Chase, fiction Mark Cox, poetry Pam Durban, fiction Gretel Ehrlich, nonfiction Deborah Eisenberg, fiction Alice McDermott, fiction Reinaldo Povod, plays Michael Ryan, poetry David Foster Wallace, fiction
1986 John Ash, poetry Hayden Carruth, poetry Kent Haruf, fiction Denis Johnson, fiction Darryl Pinckney, nonfiction/fiction Padgett Powell, fiction Mona Simpson, fiction Frank Stewart, poetry Ruth Stone, poetry August Wilson, plays
1985 Raymond Abbott,
Douglas Crase, poetry Stuart Dybek, fiction Jorie Graham, poetry Linda Gregg, poetry Wright Morris, fiction/nonfiction Howard Norman, fiction James Robison, fiction James Schuyler, poetry Austin Wright, fiction/nonfiction


  1. ^ "WHITING FOUNDATION". Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Substantial Whiting Awards given to 10 up-and-coming writers". 28 October 2009. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  3. ^ "About - WHITING AWARDS". Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  4. ^ Dwyer, Colin. "'The Future Of Literature': Whiting Awards Celebrate 10 Emerging Writers". NPR. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Say Hello to the 2017 Whiting Honorees". theparisreview.org. Retrieved 17 April 2017.

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