The New American Voices Award

Fall for the Book 2018In October 2018, the first annual Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award will be presented to an immigrant author at the annual Fall for the Book festival. Fall for the Book, Northern Virginia’s oldest literary festival, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018.

The New American Voices Award will recognize a recently published book that illuminates the complexity of human experience as told by immigrants. Eligible books must be published between January 2017 and September 2018. Twenty-four books were submitted as entries from a range of publishers, including large publishers, including Penguin, Random House, and HarperCollins, as well as university presses and small presses, including Graywolf and Sarabande.


2018 New American Voices Award Judges 

Helon Habila

Helon Habila

Nigerian novelist and Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Mason

Madeleine Thien

Madeleine Thien

Canadian writer

Maaza Mengiste

Maaza Mengiste

Ethiopian-American writer and Lecturer in Creative Writing at Princeton University

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