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The ten winners of the 2017 Whiting Awards have been announced.

Founded in 1985, the Whiting Awards are presented annually to ten promising writers in fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and drama. The prizes, sponsored by the Mrs Giles Whiting Foundation, come with a total of $50,000 shared among the winners.

Their selection process is exclusive: writers cannot apply nor can unsolicited nominations be accepted. The Foundation chooses yearly a committee of editors, writers and scholars who make the nominations and then choose the honorees.

Here are the 2017 winners and their categories.

  • Clare Barron, drama.
  • Jen Beagin, fiction.
  • Francisco Cantú, nonfiction.
  • Clarence Coo, drama.
  • Kaitlyn Greenidge, fiction.
  • Lisa Halliday, fiction.
  • James Ijames, drama.
  • Tony Tulathimutte, fiction.
  • Simone White, poetry.
  • Phillip B. Williams, poetry.

Congratulations to them all.

Find out more in The Paris Review.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young’s writing has been shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award, and nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His fiction has appeared in Transition (“A Tenderer Blessing,” 2015), The Threepenny Review (“Mulumba,” 2016), and Pride and Prejudice: African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality (“You Sing of a Longing,” 2017), an anthology of The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His work further appears in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays, Africa in Dialogue, and Brittle Paper, where he is submissions editor. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series: a sequence of concept-based e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness. The first anthology, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (Oct., 2016) focuses on cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June, 2017) focuses on professions. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and currently teaches English at another Nigerian university. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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