Now in its second year, the Kirkus Prizes — at $50,000 each, one of the heftier purses in American literary awards — announced their finalists Wednesday morning. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Austin, Texas, Kirkus’ home base, on Oct. 15.
To be eligible for the Kirkus Prize, a book must have been published in the U.S. in the last year and have earned a starred review in Kirkus, the magazine that provides pre-publication book reviews that are particularly important to the libraries and booksellers placing book orders.
With its high-profile — and generous — literary awards, Kirkus is making moves to become known to everyday readers as well.
Prizes are given in three categories: $50,000 each in fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature. There are six finalists in each category, with young readers’ literature subdivided into age groups.
Read more about the prize and finalists from the Kirkus Prize website here.