Congratulations to the recipients of the Windham-Campbell Prizes for 2023. Announced on the 4th April this year’s winners are;
– Percival Everett (United States) – fiction
– Ling Ma (United States) – fiction
– Susan Williams (United Kingdom) – nonfiction
– Darran Anderson (Ireland/United Kingdom) – nonfiction
– Dominique Morisseau (United States) – drama
– Jasmine Lee-Jones (United Kingdom) – drama
– Alexis Pauline Gumbs (United States) – poetry
– dg nanouk okpik (Iñupiaq-Inuit) – poetry
Michael Kelleher, Director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes, said: “Reading this year’s recipients excited me because each one taught me new ways of seeing the past, the present, and the future. I can’t wait to see what each of them does next!”
The Prizes were the brainchild of lifelong partners Donald Windham and Sandy M. Campbell. The couple were deeply involved in literary circles, collected books avidly, read voraciously as well as penning various works. For years they had discussed the idea of creating an award to highlight literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns. When Campbell passed away unexpectedly in 1988, Windham took on the responsibility for making this shared dream a reality. The first prizes were announced in 2013.
The Prizes are administered by Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and nominees for the Prizes are considered by judges who remain anonymous before and after the prize announcement. Recipients write in the English language and may live in any part of the world.
For more information about the prizes and this year’s winners, please visit the website
*this post was compiled using material from a press release but all opinions remain my own.