2018 World Literature Awards Winners

December 12, 2018 | Raimo

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If you're looking for an interesting gift to give these holidays, here's a suggestion: a great book, the best literary fiction or poetry in the world. Among the world literary winners this year are:

In Fiction

The Nobel Prize has been postponed this year.

Red Word

The Red Word by Sarah Henstra (Canada), winner of the Governor General's Literary Award.


Descent Into Night

Descent into Night by Edem Awumey (Togo/Canada), translated by Phyllis Arnoff and Howard Scott, winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Translation.


Washington Black

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan (Canada), winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize.



Less by Andrew Sean Greer (United States), winner of the Pulitzer Prize.


Prairie Fires

Prairie Fires: The American dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (United States), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography.



Milkmen by Anna Burns (Northern Ireland), winner of the International Dublin Literary Award.



Flights by Olga Tokarczuk (Poland) translated by Jennifer Croft, winner of the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction.


Solar Bones

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Ireland), winner of the International Dublin Literary Award.


Life to Come

The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser (Australia), winner of the Miles Franklin Award.


Story of Brief Marriage

The Story of a Brief Marriage by Anuk Arudragasam (Sri Lanka), winner of the 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (the 2018 prize will be award in January 2019).


Moonless  Starless Sky

A Moonless, Starless Sky by Alexis Okeowo (Nigerian/American), winner of the 2018 Pen Open Books Award.


Katalin Street

Katalin Street by Magda Szabo, translated by Len Rix (Zimbabwe/United Kingdom), winner of the Pen Translation Prize.


Home Fire

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Pakistan/United Kingdom), winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction.


Edwidge Danticat

Works by Edwidge Danticat (Haitian/American), winner of the Neustadt Prize for entire body of work.



Juan Villoro (Mexico) for life achievement in literature, winner of the Manuel Rojas Ibero-American Narrative Award.


Edmund White

Edmund White (United States), winner of the Pen Award for Achievement in American Fiction.


In Poetry:

Wayside Sang

Wayside Sang by Cecily Nicholson (Canada), winner of the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry.


Written in the Dark

Written in the Dark: Five Poets in the Siege of Leningrad, Collaborative Translation (Authors, Russia/Translators, United States), winner of the AATSEEL Books Award/Best Literary Translation.



Half-Light Collected Poems 1965 - 2016 by Frank Bidart (United States), winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.



Pearl: A New Translation by Simon Armitage (England), winner of the 2017 Pen Award for Poetry in Translation (the 2018 prize was on hiatus).


In the Short Stories Genre:

A European Storya unique collection of 36 stories by previous winners of the European Union Prize for Literature has been published on the 10th anniversary of the EU Prize for Literature and is only available electronically.