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Announcing: 2020 Big Other Book Awards Ceremony!


Join us April 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. for the 2020 Big Other Book Awards Ceremony!

In recognition of excellence in literature published in 2020, we’ll announce a winner in each of the following categories: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and translation. The awards aim to recognize excellence in literature and to promote and support the work of innovative writers and adventurous presses. A Readers’ Choice Award and honors for lifetime achievement and outstanding service to the literary community will also be presented. Big Other contributors Will Alexander, Debra Di Blasi, Robert Lopez, and others will read from their work.

Stay tuned for announcements of the long lists!

Note: This will be a virtual event, details of which are forthcoming.


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John Madera's fiction may be found in Conjunctions, Opium Magazine, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His criticism may be found in American Book Review, Bookforum, The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Rain Taxi: Review of Books, The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, and many other venues. Recipient of an M.F.A. in Literary Arts from Brown University, John Madera lives in New York City, where he runs Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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