Five fiction writers, three poets, a playwright and one nonfiction writer earned Whiting Writers Awards this week, which come with a hefty prize of $50,000. The winners were recognized for talent and potential; past winners include Denis Johnson, Colson Whitehead, Jeffrey Eugenides and Kim Edwards.
This year's winners include Mischa Berlinski (right), whose novel Fieldwork BtC has praised more than a few times.
Fiction: Laleh Khadivi, Manuel Munoz, Benjamin Percy, Lysley Tenorio
Plays: Dael Orlandersmith
Nonfiction: Donovan Hohn
Poetry: Rick Hilles, Douglas Kearney, Julie Sheehan