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Announcing the Finalists for the 2021 Big Other Book Award for Fiction!

We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2021 Big Other Book Award for Fiction. The winner will be announced June 24, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the 2021 Big Other Book Awards Ceremony, which will be aired virtually.

 

Without further ado, here are the finalists for the 2021 Big Other Book Award for Fiction:

 

Gabriel Blackwell’s Corrections (Rescue Press)

Giannina Braschi and Joakim Lindengren’s United States of Banana: A Graphic Novel (Mad Creek Books)

Angela Buck’s Horses Dream of Money (FC2)

Matthew Burnside’s Wiki of Infinite Sorrows (Kernpunkt Press)

Susan Daitch’s Siege of Comedians (Dzanc Books)

Damian Dressick’s Fables of the Deconstruction (Clash Books)

Rikki Ducornet’s Trafik (Coffee House Press)

Brian Evenson’s The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell (Coffee House Press)

Percival Everett’s The Trees (Graywolf Press)

Thalia Field’s Personhood (New Directions)

Brandon Hobson’s The Removed (Ecco)

Gayl Jones’s Palmares (Beacon Press)

Joshua Kornreich’s Cavanaugh (Sagging Meniscus Press)

Janice Lee’s Imagine a Death (Texas Review Press)

Heller Levinson’s Lurk (Black Widow Press)

Eugene Lim’s Search History (Coffee House Press)

Gordon Lish’s Death and So Forth (Dzanc Books)

Norman Lock’s Tooth of the Covenant (Bellevue Literary Press)

Lance Olsen’s Skin Elegies (Dzanc Books)

Aimee Parkison’s Sister Séance (Kernpunkt)

Pedro Ponce’s The Devil and the Dairy Princess (Blue Light Books)

Glen Pourciau’s Getaway (Four Way Books)

Richard Powers’s Bewilderment (W. W. Norton)

Marc Anthony Richardson’s Messiahs (FC2)

Elisabeth Sheffield’s Ire Land (A Faery Tale) (Spuyten Duyvil)

Joy Williams’s Harrow (Knopf)

Ricardo Wilson’s An Apparent Horizon and Other Stories (Pank)

Rafi Zabor’s Street Legal (Terra Nova Press)

Best Microfiction 2021 (Pelekinesis), edited by Gary Fincke, Meg Pokrass, and Amber Sparks

The Best Small Fictions Anthology 2021 (Sonder Press), edited by Nathan Leslie and Rion Amilcar Scott

 

(Image: Remedios Varo’s Creación de las aves (Creation of the Birds), 1957)

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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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