Barnes & Noble has revealed the six finalists for its 2014 Discover Great New Writers Awards. The program, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, recognizes great fiction and nonfiction debuts from authors at the start of their careers.
The winners will be announced on March 4, at an awards ceremony in New York City. The winners in each category, fiction and nonfiction, will receive a $10,000 prize and a full year of additional promotion from Barnes & Noble. Second-place finalists will receive $5,000, and third-place finalists $2,500.
This year's fiction judges included Chris Adrian, Anne Cherian, and Sheri Holman. Among the panel of nonfiction judges were Malcolm Jones, Pagan Kennedy, and Héctor Tobar.
Sixty-four books were picked for the program in 2014, and revealed throughout the year, from more than 1,000 submissions from publishers. From those, the judges select the shortlist and the winners of the Discover Awards.
The finalists for works published in 2014 are:
Molly Antopol, The UnAmericans (Norton)
Arna Bontemps Hemenway, Elegy on Kinderklavier (Sarabande Books)
Evie Wyld, All the Birds, Singing (Pantheon Books)
Bryce Andrews, Badluck Way: A Year on the Ragged Edge of the West (Atria Books)
Caitlin Doughty, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (W.W. Norton & Company)
Will Harlan, Untamed (Grove/Atlantic)