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Whiting Awards Announce 10 Winners, Aiming To Honor Future Bookshelf Staples

Since it began in 1985, the annual prize has recognized emerging writers. And while you may not know the winners announced Wednesday, their futures are bright — if previous winners are any indication.
Source: Composite image courtesy of the Whiting Foundation

The winners of the 2018 Whiting Awards don't have much of a track record. None on this list has the laundry list of accolades you may be accustomed to seeing for literary prize winners. Several don't even have a second book to their names.

But that's the idea here.

The Whiting Foundation announced the 10 winners

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