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From Nobel laureates to debut novelists, international translations to investigative journalism, each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now. Granta does not have a political or literary manifesto, but it does have a belief in the power and urgency of the story and its supreme ability to describe, illuminate and make real.

Granta magazine was founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University as The Granta, a periodical of student politics, badinage and literary enterprise, named after the river that runs through the town. In this original incarnation it published the work of writers like A.A. Milne, Michael Frayn, Stevie Smith, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.

In 1979, Bill Buford transformed Granta from a student publication to the literary quarterly it remains today. Granta Books came ten years later, quickly becoming one of the most independent-minded and prestigious literary publishers in the UK.

Granta’s Best of Young issues, released decade by decade, introduce the most important voices of each generation – in Britain, America, Brazil and Spain – and have been defining the contours of the literary landscape since 1983. As the Observer writes: ‘In its blend of memoirs and photojournalism, and in its championing of contemporary realist fiction, Granta has its face pressed firmly against the window, determined to witness the world.’


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‘Ghillie’s Mum’ by Lynda Clark has been shortlisted for the 2019 BBC National Short Story Award and was winner of the 2018 Canada and Europe Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

‘Prime’ by Caoilinn Hughes, ‘Comme’ by Paul Dalla Rosa, and ‘The National Caged Bird Show’ by A. M. Homes have been longlisted for the 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award.

‘Comic Timing’ by Holly Pester has been shortlisted for the 2019 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

‘Prime’ by Caoilinn Hughes and ‘Lagomorph’ by Alexander MacLeod are winners of the 2019 O. Henry Prize.

‘The Astronaut’ by Christina Wood Martinez and ‘The Woman Dies’ by Aoko Matsuda, translated from the Japanese by Polly Barton, have been nominated for the 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards.

‘Jailbait’ by Ottessa Moshfegh has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

‘Dividing Lines’ by Jack Losh has been longlisted for a 2019 One World Media Print Award and its author has been longlisted for a One World Media New Voice Award.

‘The Republic of Motherhood’ by Liz Berry is the winner of the 2018 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

Danez Smith’s Don’t Call Us Dead is the winner of the 2018 Forward Prize for Best Collection. Read a crown of sonnets from the collection here.

‘Africa’s Future Has No Space For Stupid Black Men’ by Pwaangulongii Daoud is the winner of the 2018 Gerald Kraak Award.

‘Travels in Pornland’ by Andrea Stuart selected for Best American Essays 2017.

Ivan Chistyakov’s ‘The Diary of a Gulag Prison Guard’ extract and ‘Peace Shall Destroy Many’ by Miriam Toews selected for Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017.

Eric Puchner’s ‘Last Day on Earth’ and Emma Cline’s ‘Arcadia’ selected for Best American Short Stories 2017.


Ahmet Altan’s I Will Never See The World Again has been longlisted for the 2019 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction.

How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy by Julian Baggini has been shortlisted for the Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding.

The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow by Danny Denton has been shortlisted for The London Magazine and Collyer Bristow Debut Fiction Prize 2019.

Fred Pearce’s Fallout has been highly commended in the popular medicine category of the British Medical Association Medical Book Awards, and shortlisted for the first prize.

Negroland by Margo Jefferson has been named one of the best memoirs of the last fifty years by the New York Times.

West by Carys Davies has won the Aberystwyth University Fiction Award 2019, has been shortlisted for the 2019 Folio Prize and is the runner-up for the 2019 McKitterick Prize. You can read an excerpt from the book here, and an essay by the author on the research that went into the book here.

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss has been shortlisted for the 2019 RSL Ondaatje Prize, longlisted for the 2019 Gordon Burn Prize and shortlisted for the 2019 Polari Prize, which recognises writers whose work explores the LGBT experience. You can read an excerpt here.

Chamber Music: About the Wu-Tang (in 36 Pieces) by Will Ashon has been longlisted for the 2019 Gordon Burn Prize.

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso has been shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.

Cove by Cynan Jones has won the New Welsh Readers’ Poll for their favourite short book with a Welsh theme or setting.

Convenience Store Woman, with original design by Luke Bird, won Best Cover Design in the Literary Fiction Category at the Academy of British Cover Design Awards 2019.

Mazen Maarouf’s Jokes for the Gunmen and Hubert Mingarelli’s Four Soldiers have been longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Award. You can read a story from the Jokes for the Gunmen here.

Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday has been shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize, awarded for a debut novel by a writer over 40.

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