By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson
Fiction Submissions Totaled 496 TitlesThe United States’ National Book Foundation on Friday (September 15) released its 2023 10-title longlist in fiction.
Shortlists, called finalists in National Book Awards terminology, in all five categories are to be announced on October 3.
Winners are to be named at the 74th National Book Awards ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on November 15.
The 2023 Fiction Longlist
Jurors in this year’s Fiction category for the National Book Awards are Steph Cha, Calvin Crosby, Silas House, Mat Johnson (chair), and Helena María Viramontes.
Publishers submitted 496 books in this category, meaning that Nonfiction, with 638 submissions, was by far the most heavily contested of the five categories.
Three authors on this longlist have received National Book Award attention in the past:
- Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah was a 2018 honoree in the “5 Under 35” program for relatively young writers
- Jayne Anne Phillips was shortlisted for the National Book Award for fiction in 2009
- Justin Torres was a 2012 honoree in the National Book Awards’ “5 Under 35” program
These longlisted authors’ past accolades include attention from the Arts and Letters Award, the Booker Prize for Fiction in the United Kingdom, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Whiting Award. Among these ten longlisted writers are fellows of the Cullman Center, Guggenheim, MacDowell, National Endowment for the Arts, and Stegner programs.
Their writing has been featured in venues including A Public Space, Granta, Guernica, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Rumpus.
|Author||Title||Publisher / Imprint|
|Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah||Chain-Gang All-Stars||Penguin Random House / Pantheon Books|
|Aaliyah Bilal||Temple Folk||Simon & Schuster|
|Eliot Duncan||Ponyboy||WW Norton|
|Paul Harding||This Other Eden||WW Norton|
|Tania James||Loot||Penguin Random House / Knopf|
|Jayne Anne Phillips||Night Watch||Penguin Random House / Knopf|
|Mona Susan Power||A Council of Dolls||HarperCollins / Mariner Books|
|Hanna Pylväinen||The End of Drum-Time||Macmillan / Henry Holt|
|Justin Torres||Blackouts||Macmillan / Farrar, Straus, and Giroux|
|LaToya Watkins||Holler, Child||Penguin Random House / Tiny Reparations|
As always, the jury’s decisions are made independently of the National Book Foundation staff and board of directors, and deliberations are strictly confidential.
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