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.

 

2019 selection

Severance

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2019

by Ling Ma Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 14, 2018)

Winner of the NYPL Young Lions Prize, Winner of the Kirkus Prize, A PEN/Hemingway Finalist, A New York Times Notable Book of 2018, An Indie Next Selection

A Best Book of 2018 at Elle, Marie Claire, Refinery29...


2016 selection

Gutshot

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2016

by Amelia Gray Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 14, 2015)

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...


2011 selection

The Instructions

NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award 2011

by Adam Levin McSweeney's (October 18, 2011)

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 Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 17, 2009)

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...


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 HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

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 Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 01, 2007)

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...