We are pleased to announce the 2018 judges for The Story Prize: author Jo Ann Beard, Washington Post book critic Ron Charles, and Bookseller Veronica Santiago Liu.
Jo Ann Beard
Veronica Santiago Liu
About the judges
Jo Ann Beardis the author of In Zanesville, a novel, and The Boys of My Youth, a collection of autobiographical essays. Her fiction and nonfiction has appeared in journals, magazines, and anthologies.
Ron Charles is a book critic and feature writer at The Washington Post, where he hosts the Totally Hip Video Book Review. In 2009, he won The National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Reviewing. In 2014, Charles served as a judge for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction. He also hosts a quarterly interview series called Life of a Poet, co-sponsored by the Library of Congress.
Veronica Santiago Liu has been involved in community arts organizing for 24 years, most recently as founder and general coordinator of the 60-person collective that operates Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria. She sits on the Diversity Task Force of the American Booksellers Association. Prior to becoming Word Up’s first paid staff member, she was a contributing editor at Seven Stories Press, where she worked for more than a decade.
About The Story Prize
The winner of The Story Prize receives $20,000 and each finalist $5,000. The past winners have been Edwidge Danticat, Patrick O'Keeffe, Mary Gordon, Jim Shepard, Tobias Wolff, Daniyal Mueenuddin, Anthony Doerr, Steven Millhauser, Claire Vaye Watkins, George Saunders, Elizabeth McCracken, Adam Johnson, Rick Bass, and, most recently, Elizabeth Strout.
The final deadline for submitting 2018 books is November 15, 2018. We’ll announce three finalists in early January, and the judges will choose the winner from among those books.
We'll announce the winner of The Story Prize at an event on March 6 at The New School, in association with The New School Creative Writing Program. That night the three finalists will read from and discuss their work before the winner is announced.