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, and Christina Nichol.
2022 WINNER: Tobi Haslett
Tobi Haslett is a critic and writer. He has written about art, film, and literature for n+1, The New Yorker, Artforum, Harper’s, the Village Voice, and more. He wrote the introduction to the reissue of Gary Indiana’s Horse Crazy and to Thulani Davis’s collection of poems Nothing but the Music and is the screenwriter of the forthcoming documentary Riotsville, U.S.A. He lives and works in New York City.
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). The inaugural winner was Trevor Shikaze.
2022 WINNER: Caleb Crain
Caleb Crain wrote the novels Necessary Errors and Overthrow and the critical study American Sympathy. His book reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and the New York Review of Books, and his short stories in n+1, Harper’s, The Yale Review, and The Paris Review. He posts essays and birding photos on a newsletter called Leaflet. He was born in Texas, grew up in Massachusetts, and now lives in Brooklyn.
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.
Eighteen 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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