The Kirkus Prize

You know I can’t resist a good book, and with the shorter days upon us, I’ve been on the lookout for an engaging story to snuggle into for some fall reading. On my quest for something brilliant and extraordinary, I stumbled upon 18 new writers whose work is being considered for the first-ever Kirkus Prize, one of the newest literary awards for fiction, non-fiction, and young adult writers that pays a whopping $50,000 to the winner in each category.


I have to admit, I was intrigued to see what a book of that caliber might look like. I discovered that the Kirkus Reviews magazine has been reading and reviewing submissions since 1933, and their magazine, website, and e-mail newsletter act together as a sort of marketing liaison between writers, industry professionals, and readers.

To become shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize, authors had to have a starred review from one of the magazine’s reviewers to be passed on to judges for further consideration. The judges have narrowed it down to the top six in each category, and the winners will be announced on October 23, preceding the start of the Texas Book Festival in Austin. In the spirit of the universal team of book lovers, I’ll happily volunteer to explore the winner in the fiction category and report back.


  1. Cindi Johnson says:

    I can’t believe all of the wonderful new things I’m learning through your journal ~ well, for that matter, everything I have looked at since joining the sisterhood is a treasure trove of great info. Never heard of the Kirkus Prize before. How can that be?! What a great source of good reads! Isn’t it nice that we just happen to have a new bookstore. I can already see some interesting ones in that stack you have pictured there. We might need a badge for building your own best-in-town home library 🙂

    • Megan says:

      Oh, that is a great badge idea. I have my bookshelves in my bedroom based on space limitations but I must say it is wonderful to fall asleep and wake to each day. 🙂

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    I have never heard of this award, Megan, but it sounds very interesting and definitely worth exploring myself. The titles of the author you show sound intriguing. Definitely, let us know who you end up reading and your opinion about their work!

  3. Karlyne says:

    Gene Logsdon is a favorite reference of mine; Wyeth People looks very interesting (and I’m partial to the Wyeth family of artists, too) and maybe a bit of a departure from his homesteading books? He’s on my shelf right next to Ruth Stout, and I’m sure they would have been friends. I can’t wait to hear about this book!

  4. Karlyne you are so right! Gene Logsdon is one of my favorite nature authors- perfect when you don’t have time to read a novel but have time for an short , instructive and well written essay.

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