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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 is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction 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 Curator at 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 work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. 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 has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. 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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