NBF Announces 5 Under 35 Honorees for 2020

The National Book Foundation has named its annual 5 Under 35 honorees, a se­­lection of five fiction writers under the age of 35 whose debut work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape. Each honoree was selected by a National Book Award winner, finalist, or longlisted author, or by an author previously recognized by the 5 Under 35 program, and will receive a $1,000 prize. This year, for the first time, all of the honorees are women of color. 

The 2020 5 Under 35 Honorees are:

K-Ming Chang, Bestiary
One World / Penguin Random House
Selected by Justin Torres, 2012 5 Under 35 Honoree

Naima Coster, Halsey Street
Little A / Amazon Publishing
Selected by Tayari Jones, 2018 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction

Raven Leilani, Luster
Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Macmillan Publishers
Selected by Susan Choi, 2019 National Book Award Winner for Fiction

Fatima Farheen Mirza, A Place for Us
SJP for Hogarth / Penguin Random House
Selected by Tommy Orange, 2018 National Book Award Longlist for Fiction

C Pam Zhang, How Much of These Hills Is Gold
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House
Selected by Marlon James, 2019 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction

The 5 Under 35 Ceremony will be presented digitally on October 20 this year, in partnership with the Miami Book Fair. 5 Under 35 is underwritten by the Amazon Literary Partnership. This year's selectors are Susan Choi, Marlon James, Tayari Jones, Tommy Orange, and Justin Torres.

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