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Black Writers Sweep the 2019 Kirkus Prize Winning $50K Each!


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The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature.  

 

There are 5 finalists in each category, 8 Black writers made up more than half of all the finalists and won every category!  This is quite an accomplishment.  When the award started in 2014 there was only one Black finalist and no winners.*

 

2019 Kirkus Winners

 

*This is based upon recent research; if someone finds something that is factually inaccurate please let me know.

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