The National Book Foundation has announced its shortlists for the 2018 National Book Awards. The winner in each category will be announced at a ceremony in New York City on November 14.

The five longlists are as follows:


A Lucky Man by Jamel Brinkley (Graywolf)

Florida by Lauren Groff (Riverhead)

Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson (Soho)

The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (Viking)

The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead)


The Indian World of George Washington: The First President, the First Americans, and the Birth of the Nation by Colin G. Calloway (Oxford UP)

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic by Victoria Johnson (Liveright)

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh (Scribner)

The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Oxford UP)

We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights by Adam Winkler (Liveright)


Wobble by Rae Armantrout (Wesleyan UP)

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes (Penguin)

Ghost Of by Diana Khoi Nguyen (Omnidawn)

Indecency by Justin Phillip Reed (Coffee House)

Eye Level by Jenny Xie (Graywolf)

Translated Literature:

Disoriental by Négar Djavadi and translated by Tina Kover (Europa)

Love by Hanne Ørstavik and translated by Martin Aitken (Archipelago)

Trick by Domenico Starnone and translated by Jhumpa Lahiri (Europa Editions)

The Emissary by Yoko Tawada and translated by Margaret Mitsutani (New Directions)

Flights by Olga Tokarczuk and translated by Jennifer Croft (Riverhead)

Young People's Literature:

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin (Candlewick)

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor (HarperCollins/Tegen)

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis (Scholastic Press)

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Scholastic/Graphix)

For the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction, publishers submitted a total of 368 books. The judges for fiction are Chris Bachelder, chair Laila Lalami, Min Jin Lee, Laurie Muchnick, and Chinelo Okparanta.

A total of 546 books were submitted for the 2018 National Book Award for Nonfiction. The judges for nonfiction are Rachel Cass, John Freeman, chair Annette Gordon-Reed, Sarah Manguso, and Andrés Reséndez.

Publishers submitted a total of 256 books for the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry. The judges for poetry are chair Mary Jo Bang, Ken Chen, Elise Paschen, Danez Smith, and Stephen Sparks.

For the 2018 National Book Award for Translated Literature, publishers submitted a total of 142 books. The judges for translated literature are Harold Augenbraum, Karen Maeda Allman, Sinan Antoon, Susan Bernofsky, and Álvaro Enrigue.

A total of 325 books were submitted for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature. The judges for young people's literature are chair Robin Benway, Lamar Giles, Grace Worcester Greene, Valerie Koehler, and Mitali Perkins.