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Adult Literature Award Authors

Each year the Literary Awards Committee reads and reviews dozens of books to pick the current year award winners. Books are eligible for review based on the following criteria.

  • The author must be a resident (or previously have been a resident for approximately five years) of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin; or the locale of the book must be in a region identified above.
  • The books can be fiction or non-fiction of literary quality (not poetry).
  • FAW is not considering Self-published and e-Books currently.
  • The book must be published in the calendar year prior to the awards year. Currently we are evaluating books published during the 2013 year.
  • The author must not have published more than three books under his/her own pen name, the third book being eligible for consideration. If an author has more than one book published during that year, we will consider all of them.
  • Books nominated for the award must be submitted to the FAW Awards Committees by December 10, 2013.

No applications are necessary. We do need to have two copies of each book as early as possible along with biographical material regarding the author. Email FAW with further submission questions. We also give awards to juvenile works. The eligibilty requirements are the same.

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    2014

  • ABBY GENI,   The Last Animal (Counterpoint)
  • ETHAN RUTHERFORD,   The Peripatetic Coffin and other Stories  (Ecco)
  • 2013

  • CHRISTOPHER HEBERT,   The Boiling Season (Harper)
  • MARJORIE CELONA,   Y: A Novel (Free Press)
  • NICK HEALY,   It Takes You Over (New Rivers Press)
  • 2012

  • KEVIN FENTON,   Merit Badges (New Issues Poetry & Prose)
  • CHAD HARBACH,   The Art of Fielding (Little, Brown and Company)
  • 2011

  • CHRISTIE HODGEN,   Elegies for the Brokenhearted  (W. W. Norton & Company)
  • HEATHER SELLERS,   You Don't Look Like Anyone I Know  (Riverhead Hardcover)
  • 2010

  • NICK REDING,   Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town (Bloomsbury USA)
  • BICH MINH NGUYEN,   Short Girls: A Novel (Viking Adult)
  • 2009

  • KALISHA BUCKHANON,   Conception (St. Martin's Press)
  • FRANCES DePONTES PEEBLES,   The Seamstress (Haper Collins)
  • 2008

  • THOMAS MALTMAN,   The Night Birds (Soho Press)
  • 2007

  • SARA GRUEN,   Water For Elephants (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
  • GILLIAN FLYNN,   Sharp Objects (Shaye Areheart Books)
  • 2006

  • DEAN BAKOPOULOS,   Please Don't Come Back From the Moon  (Harcourt)
  • STEVE BOGIRA,   Courtroom 302 (Knopf)
  • 2005

  • PAUL JASKUNAS,   Hidden (Free Press)
  • ROBERT KURSON,   Shadow Divers (Ballantine Books)
  • 2004

  • ERIN HART,   Haunted Ground (Scribner)
  • MICHAEL BYERS,   Long For This World (Houghton Mifflin)
  • 2003

  • TED KOOSER,   Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps (University of Nebraska Press)
  • K. J. ERICKSON,   Dead Survivors (St. Minotaur Press)
  • 2002

  • JIM KOKORIS,   The Rich Part of Life (St. Martin's)
  • SARAH STONICH,   These Granite Islands (Little, Brown)
  • 2001

  • J. D. DOLAN,   Phoenix (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • ELIZABETH ONESS,   Articles of Faith (University of Iowa Press)
  • 2000

  • TERRI PAUL,   Glass Hearts (Academy Chicago Publishers)
  • BUNNY McBRIDE,   Women of the Dawn (University of Nebraska Press)
  • 1999

  • KENT MEYERS,   The Witness of Combines (University of Minnesota Press)
  • WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER,   Iron Lake (Pocket Books)
  • 1998

  • TESSA BRIDAL,   The Tree of Red Stars (Milkweed Editions)
  • SHARON SKOLNICK,   Where Courage Is Like a Wild Horse (University of Nebraska Press)
  • 1997

  • DEBORAH IIDA,   Middle Son (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
  • SHAUNA SINGH BALDWIN,   English Lessons and Other Stories (Goose Lane Editions)
  • 1996

  • DAVID HAYNES,   Somebody Else's Mama (Milkweed Editions)
  • JOSIP NOVAKOVITCH,   Apricots From Chernobyl  (Graywolf)
  • 1995

  • MAXINE CLAIR,   Rattlebone (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • A. MANETTE ANSAY,   Vinegar Hill (Viking Penquin)
  • 1994

  • LARRY WATSON,   Montana 1948 (Milkweed Editions)
  • SHELLEY MICKLE FRASER,   Replacing Dad (Algonquin Books)
  • 1993

  • MEG PEI,   Salaryman (Viking)
  • DEBORAH EISENBERG,   Under the 82nd Airborne  (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • 1992

  • MICHAEL SHELDON,   Orwell (Harper Collins)
  • CAROL BLY,   The Tomcat's Wife and Other Stories  (Harper Collins)
  • 1991

  • JAMES HYNES,   The Wild Colonial Boy (Atheneum)
  • JAMES HICKEY,   Chrysanthemum in the Snow  (Crown)
  • 1990

  • HARRY MIDDLETON,   The Earth is Enough (Simon & Schuster)
  • WILL WEAVER,   A Gravestone Made of Wheat and Other Stories (Simon & Schuster)
  • 1989

  • SUSAN DODD,   Mamaw (Viking)
  • JOHN HILDEBRAND,   Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon (Houghton Mifflin)
  • 1988

  • STEVE HELLER,   The Automotive History of Lucky Kellerman (Chelsea Green Publishing Company)
  • MONA SIMPSON,   Anywhere But Here (Knopf)
  • 1987

  • KAREN LEE OSBOURNE,   Carlyle Simpson (Academy Chicago)
  • MAXINE CHERNOFF,   Bop (Coffee House Press)
  • 1986

  • CHARLES DICKINSON,   Crows (Knopf)
  • MARY MORRIS,   The Bus of Dreams (Houghton Mifflin)
  • 1985

  • JACK FULLER,   Fragments (Morrow)
  • SARA PERETSKY,   Deadlock (Dial)
  • 1984

  • JOAN CHASE,   During the Reign of the Queen of Persia (Harper & Row)
  • REBECCA HILL,   Blue Rise (Morrow)
  • 1983

  • WILL D. CAMPBELL,   The Glad River (Holt, Rinehart & Winston)
  • JOHN MADSON,   Where the Sky Began (Houghton Mifflin)
  • 1982

  • JANE SMILEY,   At Paradise Gate (Simon & Schuster)
  • BARRY HOLSTUN LOPEZ,   Winter Count (Charles Scribner's Sons)
  • 1981

  • DOUGLAS C. JONES,   Elkhorn Tavern (Holt, Rinehart & Winston)
  • JOHN YOUNT,   Hardcastle (Richard Marek)
  • 1980

  • NANCY PRICE,   An Accomplished Woman (Coward, McCann & Geoghegan)
  • JOHN CASEY,   Testimony and Demeanor (Knopf)
  • 1979

  • BETTE HOWLAND,   Blue in Chicago (Harper & Row)
  • ROSLYN ROSEN LUND,   The Sharing (Morrow)
  • 1978

  • JON HASSLER,   Staggerford (Atheneum)
  • TONI MORRISON,   Song of Solomon (Knopf)
  • JONATHAN PENNER,   Going Blind (Simon & Schuster)
  • 1977

  • WILLIAM BRASHLER,   City Dogs (Harper & Row)
  • JOSEPH E. FINLEY,   Missouri Blue (G. P. Putnam's Sons)
  • DOUGLAS C. JONES,   The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer (Charles Scribner's Sons)