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 David Means Selected for <em>The Best American Stories 2021</em>David Means Selected for The Best American Stories 2021

‘Clementine, Carmelita, Dog’ by David Means was selected to feature in The Best American Short Stories 2021. Stories by Sindya Bhanoo, Emma Cline and Steven Heighton were cited as distinguished stories.

 <em>The End of Bias</em> is Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book PrizeThe End of Bias is Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize

The End of Bias: How We Change Our Minds by Jessica Nordell is shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize.

 <em>A Passage North</em> Shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2021A Passage North Shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2021

A Passage North, Anuk Arudpragasam's second novel, is shortlisted for The Booker Prize 2021.

 <em>Life Without Air</em> by Daisy Lafarge is Longlisted for The Laurel PrizeLife Without Air by Daisy Lafarge is Longlisted for The Laurel Prize

Life Without Air by Daisy Lafarge is longlisted for The Laurel Prize 2021, which celebrates the best collection of nature or environmental poetry.

 Alejandro Zambra shortlisted for Vargas Llosa PrizeAlejandro Zambra shortlisted for Vargas Llosa Prize

Alejandro Zambra has been shortlisted for the Mario Vargas Llosa Prize for his novel Chilean Poet.

 Kevin Maxwell Shortlisted for 2021 Polari First Book PrizeKevin Maxwell Shortlisted for 2021 Polari First Book Prize

Forced Out by Kevin Maxwell has been shortlisted for 2021 Polari First Book Prize.

 <em>The Manningtree Witches</em> Wins the Desmond Elliott Prize 2021The Manningtree Witches Wins the Desmond Elliott Prize 2021

AK Blakemore's The Manningtree Witches has been announced as the winner of the National Centre for Writing Desmond Elliott Prize 2021.

 Sayaka Murata nominated for Shirley Jackson AwardsSayaka Murata nominated for Shirley Jackson Awards

Sayaka Murata and Ginny Tapley Takemori, author and translator of Convenience Store Woman and Earthlings, have been nominated for the 2020 Shirley Jackson Awards for the story ‘Faith’.

 <em>Between Two Fires</em> by Joshua Yaffa Wins the Orwell Prize for Political WritingBetween Two Fires by Joshua Yaffa Wins the Orwell Prize for Political Writing

Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition and Compromise in Putin's Russia by Joshua Yaffa has won the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2021.

 <em>Forced Out</em> is Longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2021Forced Out is Longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2021

Forced Out by Kevin Maxwell MBE is longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize 2021. The prize celebrates LGBTQ+ writers.

 Natalie Diaz Wins Pulitzer Prize in PoetryNatalie Diaz Wins Pulitzer Prize in Poetry

Natalie Diaz has won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection Postcolonial Love Poem. ‘I, Minotaur’, included in this collection, was first published by Granta.

 <em>My Phantoms</em> is Longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2021My Phantoms is Longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2021

My Phantoms by Gwendoline Riley is longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize 2021.

 Kevin Maxwell is awarded MBE for <em>Forced Out</em>Kevin Maxwell is awarded MBE for Forced Out

Kevin Maxwell has been awarded an MBE for his memoir Forced Out, which details his experience of racist and homophobic abuse in the police force.

 Holly Pester, Kayo Chingonyi and Many More Shortlisted for the Forward Prizes for PoetryHolly Pester, Kayo Chingonyi and Many More Shortlisted for the Forward Prizes for Poetry

Holly Pester’s collection Comic Timing, published by Granta Books, is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Granta has also published work by numerous other shortlisted writers.

 Laura Demers Shortlisted for 2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story AwardLaura Demers Shortlisted for 2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

‘Sleeping Beauty’ by Laura Demers has been shortlisted for the 2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award.

 <em>The Manningtree Witches</em> is Shortlisted for The Desmond Elliott Prize 2021The Manningtree Witches is Shortlisted for The Desmond Elliott Prize 2021

The Manningtree Witches by AK Blakemore is Shortlisted for The Desmond Elliott Prize 2021.

 Three Granta Titles are Shortlisted for The Orwell PrizeThree Granta Titles are Shortlisted for The Orwell Prize

Between Two Fires, Labours of Love and Eat the Buddha make up nearly half the shortlist for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing.

 <em>Recollections of My Non-Existence</em> Shortlisted for the James Tait Black PrizeRecollections of My Non-Existence Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize

Recollections of My Non-Existence by Rebecca Solnit is shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography.

 Ruchir Joshi and Amy Leach in <em>Best American Essays 2021</em>Ruchir Joshi and Amy Leach in Best American Essays 2021

‘Clarity’ by Ruchir Joshi and ‘Oh Latitudo’ by Amy Leach have been selected to appear in Best American Essays 2021.

 Adam Nicolson and Laura Demers Longlisted for 2021 <em>Sunday Times</em> Audible Short Story AwardAdam Nicolson and Laura Demers Longlisted for 2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

‘The Fearful Summer’ by Adam Nicolson and ‘Sleeping Beauty’ by Laura Demers have both been longlisted for 2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award.

 <em>The Dangers of Smoking in Bed</em> Shortlisted for the International Booker PrizeThe Dangers of Smoking in Bed Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize

The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enriquez (translated by Megan McDowell) has been shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021.

 Four O. Henry Prize Winning Stories Published by GrantaFour O. Henry Prize Winning Stories Published by Granta

Stories by Caroline Albertine Minor (translated by Caroline Waight), Sindya Bhanoo, Jianan Qian, Karina Sainz Borgo (translated by Elizabeth Bryer) are all winners of the 2021 O. Henry Prize.

 <em>The Manningtree Witches</em> is Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott PrizeThe Manningtree Witches is Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize

The Manningtree Witches by AK Blakemore is on the longlist for the National Centre for Writing Desmond Elliott Prize 2021.

 Five Granta Titles Longlisted for The Orwell PrizesFive Granta Titles Longlisted for The Orwell Prizes

Weather, Between Two Fires, Eat the Buddha, Labours of Love and Recollections of My Non-Existence are all longlisted for The Orwell Prizes.

 <em>Pew</em> Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas PrizePew Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize

Pew by Catherine Lacey has been shortlisted for the 2021 Dylan Thomas Prize.

 <em>To the Lake</em> Shortlisted for the Highland Book PrizeTo the Lake Shortlisted for the Highland Book Prize

To the Lake: A Journey of War and Peace by Kapka Kassabova has been shortlisted for the 2020 Highland Book Prize.

 <em>Hinton</em> Longlisted for Walter Scott Prize for Historical FictionHinton Longlisted for Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

Hinton by Mark Blacklock has been longlisted for 2021 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

 Noriko Hayashi Is a Finalist for 2021 Amnesty Media AwardsNoriko Hayashi Is a Finalist for 2021 Amnesty Media Awards

Noriko Hayashi’s photoessay ‘Japanese Wives’, first published in Granta 150, is one of four finalists in the photojournalism category of the 2021 Amnesty Media Awards.

 ‘Manifest’ by ’Pemi Aguda in Best of the Net Anthology‘Manifest’ by ’Pemi Aguda in Best of the Net Anthology

‘Manifest’ by ’Pemi Aguda has been selected for the Best of the Net Anthology.

 Don Mee Choi Wins National Book Award for PoetryDon Mee Choi Wins National Book Award for Poetry

Don Mee Choi has won the 2020 National Book Award for Poetry for DMZ Colony. An excerpt from this book, ‘The Orphans’, was first published on Granta.com

 Souvankham Thammavongsa Wins 2020 Scotiabank Giller PrizeSouvankham Thammavongsa Wins 2020 Scotiabank Giller Prize

The title story of Souvankham Thammavongsa’s winning collection How to Pronounce Knife was first published in Granta 141: Canada.

 Jenny Offill shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2020Jenny Offill shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards 2020

Weather by Jenny Offill has been selected by booksellers for the shortlist of the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards.

 Patrick Barkham shortlisted for the East Anglian Book AwardsPatrick Barkham shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards

Wild Child by Patrick Barkham is shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards.

 Will Harris and Daisy Lafarge shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot PrizeWill Harris and Daisy Lafarge shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize

RENDANG by Will Harris and Life Without Air by Daisy Lafarge have been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2020.

 Cynan Jones shortlisted for Wales Fiction Book of the YearCynan Jones shortlisted for Wales Fiction Book of the Year

Stillicide by Cynan Jones has been shortlisted for 2020 Wales Book of the Year in the Fiction category.

 Three Granta Winners of Pushcart Prize XLVThree Granta Winners of Pushcart Prize XLV

Stories by Julia Armfield and David Means, and an essay by Poppy Sebag-Montefiore have been included in the Pushcart Prize Anthology XLV.

 Will Harris shortlisted for a Forward PrizeWill Harris shortlisted for a Forward Prize

RENDANG by Will Harris has been shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection at the 2020 Forward Prizes.

 Daniel O’Malley and Alexia Tolas Shortlisted for 2020 Sunday Times Audible Short Story AwardDaniel O’Malley and Alexia Tolas Shortlisted for 2020 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

Two stories published by Granta are shortlisted for the 2020 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award.

 Jeremy Narby in Best Canadian Essays 2020Jeremy Narby in Best Canadian Essays 2020

Jeremy Narby’s essay ‘Confessions of a White Vampire’ was selected to feature in Best Canadian Essays 2020

 Thea Lim in <em>Best Canadian Stories 2020</em>Thea Lim in Best Canadian Stories 2020

‘If You Start Breathing’ by Thea Lim has been selected to feature in Best Canadian Stories 2020.

 Zoe Tennant nominated for James Beard Foundation Journalism AwardZoe Tennant nominated for James Beard Foundation Journalism Award

Zoe Tennant’s essay ‘First Course’ has been nominated for a 2020 James Beard Foundation Journalism Award.

 Four Granta Authors Longlisted for 2020 Sunday Times Audible Short Story AwardFour Granta Authors Longlisted for 2020 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

Three stories published by Granta, as well as a story by a Granta Books author, feature on the longlist for the 2020 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award.

 Joseph Leo Koerner in <em>Best American Essays 2020</em>Joseph Leo Koerner in Best American Essays 2020

Joseph Leo Koerner’s essay ‘Maly Trostinets’ has been selected to feature in Best American Essays 2020.

 Jenny Offill shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020Jenny Offill shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

Jenny Offill’s Weather has been shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020.

 Ben Lerner shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020Ben Lerner shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020

Ben Lerner’s The Topeka School has been shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020.

 Frans de Waal wins PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing AwardFrans de Waal wins PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award

Frans de Waal’s Mama’s Last Hug, has won the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, exemplifying literary excellence on the subject of biological science.

 Bruno Fert shortlisted for the Amnesty Media AwardsBruno Fert shortlisted for the Amnesty Media Awards

Bruno Fert’s photoessay ‘Refuge’ is one of four finalists in the photojournalism category of the Amnesty Media Awards.

 Mbozi Haimbe, Kikuko Tsumura and Polly Barton win the 2020 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging WritersMbozi Haimbe, Kikuko Tsumura and Polly Barton win the 2020 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers

Kikuko Tsumura’s story ‘The Water Tower and the Turtle’, translated from the Japanese by Polly Barton, and Mbozi Haimbe’s story ‘Madam’s Sister’ are both winning stories.

 Etgar Keret wins the J.J. Green­berg Memo­r­i­al Award for Fic­tionEtgar Keret wins the J.J. Green­berg Memo­r­i­al Award for Fic­tion

We’re delighted to share the news that Etgar Keret’s story collection Fly Already has won the J.J. Green­berg Memo­r­i­al Award for Fic­tion, a Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award administrated by the Jewish Book Council.

 Jonathan Wright shortlisted for the Saif Ghobash Banipal PrizeJonathan Wright shortlisted for the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize

Jokes for the Gunmen by Mazen Maarouf, translated from the Arabic by Johnathan Wright, has been shortlisted for the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize 2019. 

 Paul Dalla Rosa shortlisted for <i>Sunday Times</i> Audible Short Story AwardPaul Dalla Rosa shortlisted for Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

Paul Dalla Rosa’s story ‘Comme’ has been shortlisted for the 2019 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award.

 Carys Davies wins Aberystwyth University Fiction AwardCarys Davies wins Aberystwyth University Fiction Award

West by Carys Davies has won the Aberystwyth University Fiction Award 2019 as part of the 2019 Wales Book of the Year Awards.

 Holly Pester shortlisted for Forward Prize for Best Single PoemHolly Pester shortlisted for Forward Prize for Best Single Poem

We’re thrilled to announce that Holly Pester’s poem ‘Comic Timing’ has been shortlisted for the 2019 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

 Caoilinn Hughes and Alexander MacLeod win O. Henry PrizeCaoilinn Hughes and Alexander MacLeod win O. Henry Prize

‘Prime’ by Caoilinn Hughes and ‘Lagomorph’ by Alexander MacLeod have been announced as winners of the 2019 O. Henry Prize. 

 Maria Reva selected for <em>The Best American Short Stories 2019</em>Maria Reva selected for The Best American Short Stories 2019

Maria Reva’s ‘Letter of Apology’, first published in Granta 145: Ghosts, has been chosen for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories 2019, edited by Anthony Doerr and Heidi Pitlor.