September 25, 2017
We are delighted with The National Book Foundation’s announcement of this year’s “5 Under 35” honorees, their annual selection of debut fiction writers under the age of 35 whose work “promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.” Penguin Random House imprints publish four of the all-women group of honoree authors:
Lesley Nneka Arimah
, WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY: Stories
, WHAT WE LOSE
, WHEN WATCHED: Stories
Warm congratulations to our 5 Under 35 honorees, their editors and publishers.
These authors will be celebrated at a ceremony in Manhattan on November 13, two days before this year’s National Book Awards dinner. Each honoree will receive a $1,000 prize. They represent writers from around the world, under the age of 35, who have published their first and only book of fiction—either a short story collection or a novel—within the last five years. Each author was selected by a National Book Award Winner, Finalist, or writer previously recognized by the 5 Under 35 program.
Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, said, “For the last twelve years, the National Book Foundation has been committed to highlighting the exceptional talent of emerging writers and to amplifying new voices. At a moment in which we are having the necessary conversations surrounding the underrepresentation of female voices, it’s a thrill to see this list of tremendous women chosen organically by our selectors.”
For more information and a complete list of the 2017 5 Under 35 honorees, click here
September 29, 2016
The National Book Foundation has announced its 5 Under 35 honorees for 2016, including three of our authors: Brit Bennett, author of THE MOTHERS (Riverhead), selected by judge Jacqueline Woodson; Yaa Gyasi, author of HOMEGOING (Knopf), selected by judge Ta-Nehisi Coates; and Thomas Pierce, author of HALL OF SMALL MAMMALS (Riverhead), selected by judge Amity Gaige.
Warms congratulations to our 5 Under 35 honorees and their publishers.
“Most people have heard of the National Book Awards, but for 11 years the National Book Foundation has also been devoted to shining a light on emerging talent,” said National Book Foundation executive director Lisa Lucas. “These novels and short story collections are among the best we’ve seen and remind us that literature is alive and thriving.”
Each honoree will receive a $1,000 prize, sponsored by the Amazon Literary Partnership.
“We are proud to add the current 5 Under 35 honorees to the National Book Foundation’s roster of remarkable writers,” said David Steinberger, chairman of the board of directors of the National Book Foundation. "There is no doubt that all 5 Under 35 honorees have expanded and will continue to expand the literary landscape by producing work that engages the world at large.”
View the complete list of 2016 5 Under 35 honorees here