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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 was born in Aba, Nigeria, and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. 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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