New York, April 6, 2017 – The American Academy of Arts and Letters announced today the names of 19 writers who will receive the 2017 awards in literature, which will be presented in New York City at the Academy’s annual Ceremonial in May. The literature prizes, totaling $265,000, honor both established and emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry. The Academy’s 250 members propose candidates, and a rotating committee of writers selects winners. This year’s award committee members were John Guare (chairman), Thomas McGuane, Anne Tyler, Rosanna Warren, and Joy Williams.
Work by the winners will be featured in the 2017 Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards, which will be on view in the Academy’s galleries on Audubon Terrace from May 18 to June 11.
Eight Arts and Letters Awards in Literature of $10,000 each honor exceptional accomplishment in any genre.
LUIS ALBERTO URREA
$25,000 given triennially to a nonfiction writer.
$20,000 given triennially to an exceptional young writer.
$20,000 to a young writer from the United Kingdom or Ireland for a stay in the United States. Award jury: Alison Lurie, Colm Tóibín.
$5000 for a work of first fiction (novel or short stories) published in 2016.
$25,000 to an outstanding playwright.
$10,000 to a young writer of fiction, nonfiction, drama, or poetry.
$20,000 given triennially to an exceptional poet.
$10,000 to a young writer of considerable literary talent for a work of fiction published in 2016.
The Association of Small Bombs
$20,000 given biennially to a writer in mid-career whose work has demonstrated consistent excellence.
$20,000 to a writer whose work merits recognition for the quality of its prose style.
$10,000 to a writer for achievement in children’s literature.