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Book Awards: Neustadt International Prize for Literature

Various book awards and links to the books in our collection. Happy reading!

Neustadt International Prize for Literature

Neustadt PrizesThe Neustadt International Prize for Literature has been given out biennially since 1970 and is sponsored by the University of Oklahoma and World Literature Today. Similarly to the Nobel Prize, it honors "outstanding achievement in poetry, fiction, or drama", and "it may serve to crown a lifetime’s achievement or to direct attention to an important body of work that is still developing." The prize has had so much overlap with the Nobel Prize that it has come to be known among lovers of world literature as the "American Nobel". As of 2020, 32 Laureates, Finalists, and Jurors have won the Nobel Prize including 1988 Finalist Peter Handke (Nobel 2019), 2012 Finalist Bob Dylan (Nobel 2016), and 1994 Finalist Svetlana Alexievich (Nobel 2015).

Neustadt International Prize for Literature Laureates

2022 – Boubacar Boris Diop

Boubacar Boris Diop











Representative text: Murambi: The Book of Bones (translated by Fiona McLaughlin)

2020 - Ismail Kadare

A photo of 2020 Neustadt Laureate Ismael Kadare

Representative textBroken April

2018 - Edwidge Danticat

Neustadt Prize Winner Edwidge Danticat. Photo: Shevaun Williams

Representative text: The Dew Breaker

2014 - Mia Couto

Neustadt Prize winner Mia Couto. Photo: Shevaun Williams

2012 – Rohinton Mistry

Rohinton Mistry. Photo by Shevaun Williams.

NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature Laureates

2021 – Cynthia Leitich Smith


2019 – Margarita Engle

Margarita Engle. Photo: Marshal W. Johnson

2017 - Marilyn Nelson

NSK Laureate Marilyn Nelson. Photo: Shevaun Williams