SFWP Awards Program

News & Updates: Please read below for information on the 2019 SFWP Awards Program

SFWP 2017 Winners

The winners of the 2017 Literary Awards Program

SFWP 2017 Top Ten

The 2017 Literary Awards Top Ten

SFWP Short List Announced

The 2017 Literary Awards Program Short List!

SFWP Long List Announced

The 2017 Literary Awards Program Long List!

First time here? What’s this all about?
Since 2000, the SFWP Literary Awards Program has recognized excellence in writing, judged by National Book Critics Circle Award-winner and NBA finalist Jayne Anne Phillips, two-time NEA fellow and Hemingway Award finalist Richard Currey, Granta “best novelist under 40″ and Guggenheim fellow Chris Offutt, Pulitzer prize-winner Robert Olen Butler, NPR’s “Voice of Books” Alan Cheuse, the “Queen of the Zines,” Pagan Kennedy, the “Father of Rambo,” David Morrell, the “Godfather of Creative Nonfiction,” Lee Gutkind, and award-winning author Emily St. John Mandel. (And, no, you do not have to live in Santa Fe. The program is open to everyone, everywhere in the world.)

Winning the Grand Prize for the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Program launched the best year of my professional life. SFWP is a first class organization, one that actually uses its program to promote writers.
K.L. Cook, author of Last Call and The Girl from Charnelle

The Judge

benjaminpercyBenjamin Percy is the author of three novels, the most recent among them The Dead Lands (Grand Central/Hachette, 2015), a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga. He is also the author of Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette, 2013), and The Wilding(Graywolf Press, 2010), as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf Press, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Grand Central/Hachette, 2012; Carnegie Mellon UP, 2006).

His craft book, Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction, will be published by Graywolf Press in October 2016. His next novel, The Dark Net, is due out in 2017 with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

His fiction and nonfiction have been read on NPR, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire, GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, and many more. He also writes the Green Arrow and Teen Titans series at DC Comics.

Learn more about Benjamin Percy at his website here. 

Past Winners

Magic For Unlucky Girls
A.A. Balaskovits

"That rarest of things: A book that doesn't remind me of anything else I've read. A wonderful, truly original work." ...
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Bystanders: Stories
Tara Laskowski

Bound together by danger, fear, paranoia, and the bumps we all hear in the night, these potent stories illuminate the darker side ...
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So There!
Nicole Louise Reid

So There! About the Book: With the graceful lyricism of a musician’s ear, the stories of So There! inhabit the quiet spaces of heartache and the loud spaces of rage ...
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By Way of Water
Charlotte Gullick

"By Way of Water is a work of exquisite beauty." ...
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My Chinese-America
Allen Gee

"Masculinity, mobility, history, and the American dream of equality all take their turn under Gee’s lens, as he shrewdly navigates a culture saturated with the privilege of white America and ...
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Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass
Dr. Annita Perez Sawyer

What would lead a lively, high-achieving teenager to shrivel into a dark, inaudible wraith dedicated to her own destruction? How would she survive? How might healing happen? ...
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Muscle Cars
Stephen G. Eoannou

"Eoannou proves masterful at revealing that razor’s edge inside everyday American man." ...
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The Poor Children
April L. Ford

"A harrowing and outstanding collection." ...
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