Young Lions Award List of Winners and Finalists

2023 Winner:    Zain Khalid, Brother Alive
                                    Fatimah Asghar, When We Were Sisters
                                    Elaine Hsieh Chou, Disorientation
                                    Reyes Ramirez, The Book Of Wanderers
                                    David Sanchez, All Day Is A Long Time
Judges: Jessamine Chan, Claire Luchette, Kalani Pickhart

2022 Winner:    Kalani Pickhart, I Will Die in a Foreign Land
                                    Mateo Askaripour, Black Buck
                                    Alexandra Kleeman, Something New Under the Sun
                                    Tom Lin, The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu
Dantiel W. Moniz, Milk Blood Heat
Judges: Venita Blackburn, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Catherine Lacey

2021 Winner:    Catherine Lacey, Pew
                                    Meng Jin, Little Gods
                                    Hilary Leichter, Temporary
                                    Brandon Taylor, Real Life
C Pam Zhang, How Much of These Hills Is Gold
Judges: Hernan Diaz, Yahdon Israel, Emma Straub

2020 Winner:    Bryan Washington, Lot
                                    Steph Cha, Your House Will Pay
                                    Julia Phillips, Disappearing Earth
                                    Kiley Reid, Such a Fun Age
Xuan Juliana Wang, Home Remedies
Judges: Ethan Hawke, Mitchell Jackson, Ling Ma

2019 Winner:    Ling Ma, Severance
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Friday Black
                                    Nick Drnaso, Sabrina
                                    Akwaeke Emezi, Freshwater
Laura van den Berg, The Third Hotel
Judges: Lesley Nneka Arimah, Tayari Jones, Marisa Silvers

2018 Winner:    Lesley Nneka Arimah, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky
Venita Blackburn, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes
Gabe Habash, Stephen Florida
Emily Ruskovich, Idaho
                                    Jenny Zhang, Sour Heart
Judges: Carys Davies, Lynn Lobash, Karan Mahajan

2017 Winner:    Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs
                                    Clare Beams, We Show What We Have Learned
                                    Brit Bennett, The Mothers
                                    Nicole Dennis-Benn, Here Comes the Sun
                                    Kaitlyn Greenidge, We Love You Charlie Freeman
Judges: Amelia Gray, Susan Minot, Salvatore Scibona

2016 Winner:    Amelia Gray, Gutshot
                                    Angela Flournoy, The Turner House
                                    Alexandra Kleeman, You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine
                                    Helen Phillips, The Beautiful Bureaucrat
                                    Kirstin Valdez Quade, Night at the Fiestas
Judges: Molly Antopol, Joseph O'Neill, Alejandro Zambra

2015 Winner:    Molly Antopol, The UnAmericans
                                    Jesse Ball, Silence Once Begun
                                    Catherine Lacey, Nobody is Ever Missing
                                    Andrew Ladd, What Ends
                                    Ben Lerner, 10:04
Judges: Ayana Mathis, Rebecca Mead, Paul Yoon

2014 Winner: Paul Yoon, Snow Hunters
                                  Matt Bell, In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods
                                  Jennifer duBois, Cartwheel
                                  Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
                                 Chinelo Okparanta, Happiness, Like Water
Judges: Téa Obreht, Colm Tóibín, Claire Vaye Watkins

2013 Winner: Claire Vaye Watkins, Battleborn
                                  Ramona Ausubel, No One Is Here Except All of Us
                                  Joshua Cohen, Four New Messages
Katie Kitamura, Gone to the Forest
                                 Kevin Powers, The Yellow Birds
Judges: Karen Russell, John Wray, Peter Nathaniel Malae

2012 Winner: Karen Russell, Swamplandia!
                             Teju Cole, Open City
                             Benjamin Hale, The Evolution of Bruno
                             Ben Lerner, Leaving the Atocha Station
                             Jesmyn Ward, Salvage the Bones
Judges: Álvaro Enrique, A.M. Homes, Adam Levin

2011 Winner: Adam Levin, The Instructions
                             John Brandon, Citrus County
                             Patricia Engel, Vida
                             Suzanne Rivecca, Death Is Not an Option
                             Teddy Wayne, Kapitoil
Judges: Maile Chapman, Andrew Sean Greer, Kelly Link

2010 Winner: Wells Tower, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
                             Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection
                             Katie Kitamura, The Longshot
                             C.E. Morgan, All the Living
                             Philipp Meyer, American Rust
Judges: Amy Hempel, Rick Moody, Salvatore Scibona

2009 Winner: Salvatore Scibona, The End
                             Jon Fasman, The Unpossessed City
                             Rivka Galchen, Atmospheric Disturbances
                             Sana Krasikov, One More Year
                             Zachary Mason, The Lost Books of the Odyssey
Judges: André Aciman, Lore Segal, Ron Currie, Jr.

2008 Winner: Ron Currie, Jr., God Is Dead
                             Ellen Litman, The Last Chicken In America
                             Peter Nathaniel Malae, Teach the Free Man
                             Dinaw Mengestu, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
                             Emily Mitchell, The Last Summer of the World
Judges: Olga Grushin, Han Ong, Helen Schulman
2007 Winner: Olga Grushin, The Dream Life of Sukhanov
                             Chris Adrian, The Children’s Hospital
                             Kevin Brockmeier, The Brief History of the Dead
                             Tony D’Souza, Whiteman
                             Karen Russell, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
Judges: Kathryn Harrison, Jeff Talarigo, Uzodinma Iweala
2006 Winner: Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation
                             Rattawut Lapcharoensap, Sightseeing
                             Kelly Link, Magic for Beginners
                             Ander Monson, Other Electricities
                             Eric Puchner, Music Through the Floor
Judges: Rick Moody, Edmund White, Andrew Sean Greer
2005 Winner: Andrew Sean Greer, The Confessions of Max Tivoli 
                             Marc Bojanowski, The Dog Fighter
                             Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Madeleine is Sleeping
                             Stephen Elliott, Happy Baby
                             Aaron Gwyn, Dog on the Cross
Judges: Siri Hustvedt, Colum McCann, Monique Truong
2004 Winner: Monique Truong, The Book of Salt 
                             Jordan Ellenberg, The Grasshopper King
                             Susan Choi, American Woman
                             Lara Vapnyar, There Are Jews in My House
                             Maile Meloy, Liars and Saints
Judges: Anthony Doerr, Jonathan Safran Foer, Maureen Howard
2003 Winners: Anthony Doerr, The Shell Collector Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated 
                               Adam Johnson, Emporium
                               Ben Marcus, Notable American Women
                               Peter Rock, The Ambidextrist
Judges: Joyce Carol Oates, Caryl Phillips, Colson Whitehead
2002 Winner: Colson Whitehead, John Henry Days
                             David Czuchlewski, The Muse Asylum
                             Allegra Goodman, Paradise Park
                             Peter Orner, Esther Stories
                             Brady Udall, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint
Judges: Andrea Barrett, Mark Danielweski, Jonathan Lethem
2001 Winner: Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves
                             David Ebershoff , The Danish Girl
                             Myla Goldberg, Bee Season
                             Heidi Julavits, The Mineral Palace
                             Akhil Sharma, An Obedient Father
                             Darin Strauss, Chang and Eng
Judges: Michael Chabon, A.M. Homes, Francine Prose