The New York Times and The Guardian both named the winner of the 2019 National Writers’ Association’s Short Fiction Prize for The Secret, The Real Freedom, a debut novel by a writer whose works are both a critique of the system and an exploration of the possibilities of the internet.
The New Yorker’s David Leonhardt, the recipient of the award for The Black Hand, described it as a “revelatory read” and “an epic work of social satire” on social media.
“This award is a tribute to the great work that’s being done to promote a better way to read,” Leonhardt wrote.
“We’re also grateful for the amazing support and encouragement from the public, writers, editors, and agents.”
The winner of this year’s award will be announced on Thursday, May 15.
The prize is a $500,000 prize to writers who have written “at least one work of fiction in 2018 or 2019, or at least one piece of fiction on social platforms in 2017 or 2018, and whose work has been published in English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, or Portuguese.”
The winners will be chosen by the association’s Board of Directors, which includes judges from the Association of American Publishers, the Writers Guild of America, the Association for American Publishers of the United Kingdom, the International Association of Literary Agents, the Society of American Authors, the Authors Guild, and the American Library Association.
The winners of this years award will also receive a plaque.
Winners are also invited to an inaugural reception and signing at the New Yorker, followed by an evening reading at the Guardian.
The winner will be presented with the National Book Award, the National Magazine Award, and a $250,000 literary award, as well as a $100,000 scholarship to support writers in their work and a one-year fellowship in the New York Public Library.
The 2018 winner of National Writers Association’s National Short Fiction Award, “The Secret, the Real Freedom,” was a debut from The Black Hole.
It is published by P.G. Wodehouse Press.
Read more about this year, and winners, in our special 2019 award coverage.
2017: The New Statesman’s New York bureau chief, Simon Denyer, is the recipient with a $50,000 fellowship to study literature in London.
Read about the fellowship here.
The Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Mark Steyn, is also the recipient.
Read his description of this fellowship here and more in our coverage.
2016: The Guardian and The New Republic both named this year the winner with a fellowship to London.
The 2016 Pulitzer Prize, for fiction, will be awarded in May, with the award announced on Monday, May 12.
Read the full Pulitzer Prize list here.
2015: The winner for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for fiction is David Sedaris’ “A Song of Ice and Fire,” published by Penguin Random House.
Read it here.
Read all of the Pulitzer Prize winners in our Pulitzer Prize archive here.
2014: The Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction will be the winner from the anthology The Book of My Life by William Faulkner, which is a collection of stories from the late 20th century that have been published for the first time in English.
Read our article about Faulkners story here.
2013: The 2014 Pulitzer Prize will be published on May 12 by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Read a full description of how the Pulitzer prize is selected here.
2012: The 2016 and 2013 Pulitzer Prizes were announced by the winners of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in American Fiction and 2016 Pulitzer Prize in American Poetry.
Read their descriptions here and here.
2011: The first year in which The New American Library in New York City was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist was with The New Inquiry.
Read an excerpt from that story here and the full list here, as published in the July 2015 issue of The New Internationalist.
2010: The award for best short fiction in The New Review is being announced by American Literature’s Editor-in “Noor.”
Read the story here, with a full list of finalists, here.
2009: The 2009 Pulitzer Prize announced the winners, and they will be determined by a committee of five judges who will include judges from The Atlantic and The Nation, plus a panel of four from The Washington Post and the New Republic.
Read details about the awards here.
2008: The awards for best novel and best novel for a literary magazine will be released on May 15, with an announcement on the next day.
Read this year in our 2008 Pulitzer Prize profile here.
2007: The 2017 Pulitzer Prizewinner will be nominated for the National Review’s David Foster Wallace Prize, which honors the “best essay on the state of American journalism” published in The Nation or the Atlantic.
Read Foster Wallace’s essay here, and The Washington Times