The shortlist for this year’s Aspen Words Literary Prize features three novels and two short story collections.
The Aspen Words Literary Prize is focused on authors whose work deals in cultural relevance and contemporary conditions.
In a straightforward discussion, even the concept of inclusivity was called out for assumptions about diversity.
Aspen asks, ‘Why is the world of publishing so reluctant to offer Black writers the same major book deals typically offered to white writers?’
Seeking ‘transformative fiction’ on contemporary issues, Aspen Literary Prize director Adrienne Brodeur says that serious literature creates empathy.