Presenting the annual n+1 Writers’ Fellowship
& the Anthony Veasna So Fiction Prize
The n+1 Writers’ Fellowship is a $5,000 award granted annually to an outstanding print contributor whose writing captures the spirit of n+1 and has been an important part of the magazine’s evolution. Previous winners include: Kristin Dombek, Philip Connors, Bela Shayevich, A. S. Hamrah, Elizabeth Schambelan, Christina Nichol, and Tobi Haslett.
2023 WINNER: Nicolás Medina Mora
Nicolás Medina Mora is a Mexican writer. His first novel, América del Norte, is forthcoming from SoHo Press in the Spring of 2024. He has written for n+1 about Mexico City, US immigration, and contemporary Mexican literature. His critical essays, journalism, and translations have also appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, and Words Without Borders. He lives in Mexico City, where he works as an editor at Revista Nexos.
The Anthony Veasna So Fiction Prize is a $5,000 award granted to an outstanding fiction writer whose work has appeared in n+1 magazine or on nplusonemag.com, the magazine’s online supplement. The award was created in 2021 in memory of beloved n+1 contributor Anthony Veasna So (1992–2020). Previous winners include Trevor Shikaze and Caleb Crain.
2023 WINNER: Christine Smallwood
Christine Smallwood is the author of the novel The Life of the Mind and a frequent contributor to publications such as The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, Bookforum, and The New York Times Magazine. She has published three short stories in n+1 and several essays on film. In 2024, Fireflies Press will publish her short book La Captive, a critical study of Chantal Akerman and Proust.
n+1 was founded in New York City in 2004 by six young writers and editors who wanted to revive the American tradition of politically engaged literary magazines. At the time, the intellectual scene felt fragmented and drained of vitality: political magazines didn’t care about literature, literary magazines didn’t discuss politics, and big ideas had to be buried in tiny book reviews. The founding editors wanted to make a magazine that could encompass all the subjects they cared about—one that didn’t shy away from difficult and ambitious writing, and that saw literature, politics, and culture as belonging to the same project.
Nineteen years later, n+1 has “established itself as the bellwether of a new generation of literary intellectuals” (Harper’s). It has published dozens of book-length magazines, hundreds of online-only pieces, and a handful of critically acclaimed books, as well as programmed countless readings, panels, and events across New York City. Its editorial mission remains to encourage writers—new and established—to take themselves as seriously as possible, to write with as much energy and daring as possible, and to connect their own deepest concerns with the broader social and political environment.
An island of hope in a sea of inanityNancy Fraser
So many good writers have come tumbling out of that small journal in the past few years that it’s begun to resemble an intellectual clown carThe New York Times
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