Joan Silber, Improvement


Hernán Diaz, In The Distance

Samantha Hunt, The Dark Dark

Achy Obejas, The Tower of the Antilles

Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing


Imbolo Mbue, Behold the Dreamers


Viet Dinh, After Disasters

Louise Erdrich, LaRose

Garth Greenwell, What Belongs to You

Sunil Yapa, Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist


James Hannaham, Delicious Foods


Julie Iromuanya, Mr. and Mrs. Doctor

Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer

Elizabeth Tallent, Mendocino Fire

Luis Alberto Urrea, The Water Museum


Atticus Lish, Preparation for the Next Life


Jeffery Renard Allen, Song of the Shank

Jennifer Clement, Prayers for the Stolen

Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation


Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves


Daniel Alarcón, At Night We Walk in Circles

Percival Everett, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell

Joan Silber, Fools

Valerie Trueblood, Search Party: Stories of Rescue


Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club


Amelia Gray, Threats

Laird Hunt, Kind One

  1. Geronimo Johnson, Hold It ‘Til It Hurts

Thomas Mallon, Watergate


Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic


Russell Banks, The Lost Memory of Skin

Don DeLillo, The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories

Anita Desai, The Artist of Disappearance

Steven Millhauser, We Others: New and Selected Stories


Deborah Eisenberg, The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg


Jennifer Egan, A Visit From the Goon Squad

Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule

Eric Puchner, Model Home

Brad Watson, Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives


Sherman Alexie, War Dances


Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna

Lorraine López, Homicide Survivors Picnic

Lorrie Moore, A Gate at the Stairs

Colson Whitehead, Sag Harbor


WINNER: Joseph O’Neill, Netherland


Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Ms. Hempel Chronicles 

Susan Choi, A Person of Interest 

Richard Price, Lush Life

Ron Rash, Serena


WINNER: Kate Christensen, The Great Man

Annie Dillard, The Maytrees

David Leavitt, The Indian Clerk

T.M. McNally, The Gateway: Stories

Ron Rash, Chemistry and Other Stories


WINNER: Philip Roth, Everyman

Charles D’Ambrosio, The Dead Fish Museum

Deborah Eisenberg, Twilight of the Superheroes

Amy Hempel, The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel

Edward P. Jones, All Aunt Hagar’s Children


WINNER: E.L. Doctorow, The March

Karen Fisher, A Sudden Country

William Henry Lewis, I Got Somebody in Staunton

James Salter, Last Night

Bruce Wagner, The Chrysanthemum Place


WINNER: Ha Jin, War Trash

Jerome Charyn, The Green Lantern

Edwidge Danticat, The Dew Breaker

Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

Steve Yarbrough, Prisoners of War


WINNER: John Updike, The Early Stories 1953–1975

Frederick Barthelme, Elroy Nights

ZZ Packer, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

Caryl Phillips, A Distant Shore

Tobias Wolff, Old School


WINNER: Sabina Murray, The Caprices

Peter Cameron, The City of Your Final Destination

William Kennedy, Roscoe

Victor LaValle, The Ecstatic

Gilbert Sorrentino, Little Casino


WINNER: Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

Karen Joy Fowler, Sister Noon

Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections

Claire Messud, The Hunters

Manil Suri, The Death of Vishnu


WINNER: Philip Roth, The Human Stain

Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Millicent Dillon, Harry Gold

Denis Johnson, The Name of the World

Mona Simpson, Off Keck Road


WINNER: Ha Jin, Waiting

Frederick Busch, The Night Inspector

Ken Kalfus, Pu-239 And Other Russian Fantasies

Elizabeth Strout, Amy and Isabelle

Lily Tuck, Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man


WINNER: Michael Cunningham, The Hours

Russell Banks, Cloudsplitter

Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

Brian Morton, Starting Out in the Evening

Richard Selzer, The Doctor Stories


WINNER: Rafi Zabor, The Bear Comes Home

Donald Antrim, The Hundred Brothers

Rilla Askew, The Mercy Seat

Mary Gaitskill, Because They Wanted To

Francisco Goldman, The Ordinary Seaman


WINNER: Gina Berriault, Women in their Beds

Daniel Akst, St. Burl’s Obituary

Kathleen Cambor, The Book of Mercy

Ron Hansen, Atticus

Jamaica Kincaid, The Autobiography of My Mother


WINNER: Richard Ford, Independence Day

Madison Smartt Bell, All Souls’ Rising

William Gass, The Tunnel

Claire Messud, When the World Was Steady

A.J. Verdelle, The Good Negress


WINNER: David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars

Frederich Busch, The Children in the Woods

Ursula Hegi, Stones from the River

Joyce Carol Oates, What I Lived For

Joanna Scott, Various Antidotes


WINNER: Philip Roth, Operation Shylock

Stanley Elkin, Van Gogh’s Room at Arles

Dagoberto Gilb, The Magic of Blood

Fae Myenne Ng, Bone

Kate Wheeler, Not Where I Started From


WINNER: Annie Proulx, Postcards

Robert Olen Butler, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Francisco Goldman, The Long Night of White Chickens

Maureen Howard, Natural History

Sylvia Watanabe, Talking to the Dead


WINNER: Don DeLillo, Mao II

Stephen Dixon, Frog

Paul Gervais, Extraordinary People

Allan Gurganus, White People

Bradford Morrow, The Almanac Branch


WINNER: John Edgar Wideman, Philadelphia Fire

Paul Auster, The Music of Chance

Joanne Meschery, A Gentleman”s Guide to the Frontier

Steven Millhauser, The Barnum Museum

Joanna Scott, Arrogance


WINNER: E.L. Doctorow, Billy Bathgate

Russell Banks, Affliction

Molly Gloss, The Jump-Off Creek

Josephine Jacobsen, On the Island

Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Leaving Brooklyn


WINNER: James Salter, Dusk

Mary McGarry Morris, Vanished

Thomas Savage, The Corner of Rife and Pacific

Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Death of Methuselah


WINNER: T. Coraghessan Boyle, World’s End

Richard Bausch, Spirits

Alice McDermott, That Night

Cynthia Ozick, The Messiah of Stockholm

Lawrence Thornton, Imagining Argentina


WINNER: Richard Wiley, Soldiers in Hiding

Richard Ford, The Sportswriter

Charles Johnson, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Janet Kauffman, Collaborators

Maureen Howard, Expensive Habits


WINNER: Peter Taylor, The Old Forest and Other Stories

William Gaddis, Carpenter’s Gothic

Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove

Hugh Nissenson, The Tree of Life

Helen Norris, The Christmas Wife

Grace Paley, Later the Same Day


WINNER: Tobias Wolff, The Barracks Thief

Harriet Doerr, Stones for Ibarra

Donald Hays, The Dixie Association

David Leavitt, Family Dancing

James Purdy, On Glory’s Courses


WINNER: John Edgar Wideman, Sent for You Yesterday

Ron Hansen, The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

William Kennedy, Ironweed

Jamaica Kincaid, At the Bottom of the River

Bernard Malamud, The Stories

Cynthia Ozick, The Cannibal Galaxy


WINNER: Toby Olson, Seaview

Maureen Howard, Grace Abounding

Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh and Other Stories

George Steiner, The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H.

Anne Tyler, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

William S. Wilson, Birthplace


WINNER: David Bradley, The Chaneysville Incident

Donald Barthelme, Sixty Stories

Richard Bausch, Take Me Back

Mark Helprin, Ellis Island and Other Stories

Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

Robert Stone, A Flag for Sunrise


WINNER: Walter Abish, How German Is It?

Shirley Hazzard, The Transit of Venus

Walker Percy, The Second Coming

Gilbert Sorrentino, Aberration of Starlight

John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces