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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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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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