2020 Neustadt Prize Finalists Announced

World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma’s magazine of international literature and culture, has announced finalists for the 2020 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. The prize recognizes significant contributions to world literature. The nominees (with representative texts noted) for the 2020 Neustadt Prize, which carries a $50,000 cash award, are:

  • Emmanuel Carrère (France), The Adversary
  • Jorie Graham (United States), Fast
  • Jessica Hagedorn (Philippines / United States), Dogeaters
  • Eduardo Halfón (Guatemala), Mourning
  • Ismail Kadare (Albania), Broken April
  • Sahar Khalifeh (Palestine), Wild Thorns
  • Abdellatif Laâbi (Morocco), Beyond the Barbed Wire
  • Lee Maracle (Canada), Celia’s Song
  • Hoa Nguyen (Vietnam / United States), Red Juice

Nine Neustadt jurors, all creative writers, chose the finalists, and they will meet to choose the winner at the 2019 Neustadt Lit Fest, scheduled for October 15-17, hosted by World Literature Today and the University of Oklahoma. The winner will be announced on October 16. This year, Lit Fest also honors Margarita Engle, laureate of the 2019 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature. To learn more, visit neustadtprize.org.

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