The National Book Foundation has announced its shortlists, which reveal the 20 finalists for the 2017 National Book Awards for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature. The diverse lists include such established voices as Frank Bidart and Frances FitzGerald and up-and-coming literary favorites including Danez Smith, Carmen Maria Machado, and Ibi Zoboi.

The 2017 National Book Award shortlists are as follows:




Young People’s Literature:

Publishers submitted a total of 1,529 books for this year’s National Book Awards: 394 in fiction, 553 in nonfiction, 245 in poetry, and 337 in young people’s literature. Decisions are made confidentially by four independent panels of judges.

The winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 15 at the 68th National Book Awards ceremony and benefit dinner at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Two lifetime achievement awards will also be presented at the dinner: Annie Proulx will be recognized with the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, presented by Anne Hathaway, and Scholastic chairman Dick Robinson will receive the Foundation’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Contribution to the American Literary Community.