Already two of the year’s most successful writers, Percival Everett and Ling Ma are among eight recipients of the lucrative Windham-Campbell Prize.
NEW YORK — Already two of the year’s most honored writers, Percival Everett and Ling Ma are among eight recipients of the lucrative Windham-Campbell Award. Each of the winners, which also includes playwrights Dominique Morisseau and Jasmine Lee-Jones, will receive $175,000.
In recent weeks, Everett has been voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, won the PEN/Jean Stein Award for his novel “Dr. No” and was a finalist for the National Circle of Book Critics Fiction Awards. Ma, whose short story collection “Bliss Montage” won the Book Critics Award for Fiction, is also this year’s winner of the Short Story Award for Best Short Fiction.
The awards were first devised in the 1980s by author Donald Windham and actor-writer Sandy M. Campbell and were formally established a decade ago to “call attention to literary achievement and give writers the opportunity to focus on your work regardless of financial concerns. The other winners announced Tuesday by Yale University, where the awards are administered, are nonfiction writers Susan Williams and Darran Anderson and poets Alexis Pauline Gumbs and dg nanouk okpik.
Past winners include James Salter, Yiyun Li, and Suzan-Lori Parks.