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Announcing the Finalists for the 2020 Big Other Book Award for Fiction!


We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2020 Big Other Book Award for Fiction. The winner will be announced April 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the 2020 Big Other Book Awards Ceremony.

Most of the books below are linked to their respective pages at Bookshop. Visit the Big Other Shop there, where you can find the list of finalists in its entirety.

Without further ado, here are the finalists for the 2020 Big Other Book Award for Fiction:

Andrew Altschul’s The Gringa (Melville House)

Teresa Carmody’s The Reconception of Mary (Spuyten Duyvil)

Peter Cherches’s Whistler’s Mother’s Son and Other Curiosities (Pelekinesis)

Don DeLillo’s The Silence (Scribner)

Percival Everett’s Telephone (Graywolf)

Thalia Field and Abigail Lang’s Leave to Remain: Legends of Janus (Dalkey Archive Press)

Brad Fox’s To Remain Nameless (Rescue Press)

Jon Frankel’s Isle of Dogs (Whisk(e)y Tit)

David Hollander’s Anthropica (Animal Riot Press)

Nancy Jensen’s In Our Midst (Dzanc Books)

Fowzia Karimi’s Above Us the Milky Way: An Illuminated Alphabet (Deep Vellum)

Paul Kingsnorth’s Alexandria (Graywolf)

Ramiza Shamoun Koya’s The Royal Abduls (Forest Avenue Press)

Andrew Krivak’s The Bear (Bellevue Literary Press)

Norman Lock’s American Follies (Bellevue Literary Press)

Micheline Aharonian Marcom’s The New American (Simon & Schuster)

Michael Martone’s The Complete Writings of Art Smith the Bird Boy of Fort Wayne, Edited by Michael Martone (BOA Editions)

Cris Mazza’s Yet to Come (BlazeVOX)

Tracy O’Neill’s Quotients (SOHO Press)

Matt Osman’s The Ruins (Repeater)

Loie Rawding’s Tight Little Vocal Chords (Kernpunkt)

Tatiana Ryckman’s The Ancestry of Objects (Deep Vellum)

Robert Scotellaro’s What Are the Chances? (Press 53)

Peter Selgin’s Duplicity (Serving House Books)

Rone Shavers’s Silverfish (Clash Books)

Jason Teal’s We Were Called Specimens: An Oral Archive of Deity Marjorie (Kernpunkt)

D. Harlan Wilson’s Outré (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Lia Woodall’s Remove to Play (The Cupboard)

Stephen Wright’s Processed Cheese (Little, Brown, and Company)

The Big Book of Modern Fantasy, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (Vintage)


  • John Madera is the author of Nervosities (Anti-Oedipus Press, 2024). His other fiction is published in Conjunctions, Salt Hill, The &Now Awards 2: The Best Innovative Writing, and many other journals. His nonfiction is published 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, New York State Council on the Arts awardee John Madera lives in New York City, Rhizomatic and manages and edits Big Other.

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