NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award

The New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award is a $10,000 prize awarded each spring to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories.

 

2017 selection

The Association of Small Bombs: A Novel

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2017

by Karan Mahajan

National Book Award Finalist

Winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award

Winner of the American Academy of Arts & Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Award...


2016 selection

Gutshot

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2016

by Amelia Gray

A searing new collection from the inimitable Amelia Gray.

A woman creeps through the ductwork of a quiet home. A medical procedure reveals an object of worship. A carnivorous reptile divides and cauterizes a...


2015 selection

The UnAmericans: Stories

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2015

by Molly Antopol

* Longlisted for the National Book Award * A stunning exploration of characters shaped by the forces of history, the debut work of fiction by a 2013 National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree. An absentee...


2014 selection

Snow Hunters: A Novel

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2014

by Paul Yoon

Winner of the Young Lions Fiction Award, Snow Hunters is “a subtle, elegant, poignant read” (Oprah.com), featuring a Korean War refugee who emigrates to Brazil to become a tailor’s apprentice and confronts...


2013 selection

Battleborn: Stories

Dylan Thomas Prize 2013, NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2013, Story Prize 2012

by Claire Vaye Watkins

The extraordinary debut collection from the Guggenheim Award-winning author of the forthcoming Gold Fame Citrus

 

Winner of the 2012 Story Prize

Recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2013 Rosenthal...


2012 selection

Swamplandia!

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2012

by Karen Russell

Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s...


2011 selection

The Instructions

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2011

by Adam Levin

Beginning with a chance encounter with the beautiful Eliza June Watermark and ending, four days and 900 pages later, with the Events of November 17, this is the story of Gurion Maccabee, age ten: a lover, a...


2010 selection

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2010

by Wells Tower

Viking marauders descend on a much-plundered island, hoping some mayhem will shake off the winter blahs. A man is booted out of his home after his wife discovers that the print of a bare foot on the inside of...


2009 selection

The End

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2009

by Salvatore Scibona

An incredible debut and National Book Award-nominated novel?it?s ?Memento meets Augie March. Didion meets Hitchcock? (Esquire).

It is August 15, 1953, the day of a boisterous and unwieldy street carnival in...


2008 selection

God Is Dead

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2008

by Jr., Ron Currie

The electrifying, "cutting-edge" (USA Today) debut work of fiction from Ron Currie, author of the forethcoming novel The One-Eyed Man (March 2017)

Ron Currie’s gutsy, funny book is instantly gripping: If God...


2007 selection

The Dream Life of Sukhanov

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2007

by Olga Grushin

Olga Grushin’s astonishing literary debut has won her comparisons with everyone from Gogol to Nabokov. A virtuoso study in betrayal and its consequences, it explores—really, colonizes—the consciousness of...


2006 selection

Beasts of No Nation

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2006, John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2005, Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction 2005

by Uzodinma Iweala

The harrowing, utterly original debut novel by Uzodinma Iweala about the life of a child soldier in a war-torn African country—now a critically-acclaimed Netflix original film directed by Cary Fukunaga (True...


2005 selection

The Confessions of Max Tivoli

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2005

by Andrew Sean Greer

Today Show Book Club Pick

An extraordinarily haunting love story told in the voice of a man who appears to age backwards

We are each the love of someone's life.

So begins The Confessions of Max Tivoli, a heartbreaking...


2004 selection

The Book of Salt: A Novel

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize 2004, NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2004

by Monique Truong

In Paris, in 1934, Bính has accompanied his employers, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, to the train station for their departure to America. His own destination is unclear: will he go with "the Steins,"...


2003 selection

Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize 2004, NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2003, Guardian First Book Award 2002

by Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut -- "a funny, moving...deeply felt novel about the dangers of confronting the past and the redemption that comes with laughing at it, even when that seems all but impossible."...


2002 selection

John Henry Days

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2002

by Colson Whitehead

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead’s triumphant novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the black steel-driver who...