2020 Award Winners

We are thrilled to announce our 2020 Award winners.

Chosen from a field of nearly 1,800 applicants, these twenty artists and writers come from eighteen U.S. cities, Costa Rica, and Turkey; they are parenting thirty-four children. The world closed down while we were reviewing their portfolios, but their creativity opened the world back up to us. We are now all the more eager for the day when we can return to bookstores, galleries, museums, libraries and all the other vibrant spaces where art happens. We hope you will seek out their work.

Please join us in congratulating these outstanding artists and writers!

2020 Awards ($5,000 each)

Gökçen Ataman, Sculpture
Shaindel Beers, Poetry
Alda P. Dobbs, Early and Middle Grade Readers
Glynnis Fawkes, Graphic Novel/Graphic Memoir
Ghost of a Dream (Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom), Installation
Sasha Hom, Fiction
Kelda Martensen, Printmaking
Elizabeth Mooney, Painting
B. Sharise Moore, Young Adult Fiction
David Philip Mullins, Fiction
L. Nichols, Graphic Novel/Graphic Memoir
Mae Ramirez, Poetry
Rashaun Rucker, Drawing
Reena Shah, Fiction
Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Mixed Media
Leslie Smith III, Painting
Rachel Swarns, Long Form Journalism
Elizabeth Tremante, Painting
Justine van der Leun, Creative Nonfiction
Anne Wynter, Illustrated Children’s Books

2020 Finalists

Harumi Abe, Painting
Hanna Alkaf, Early and Middle Grade Readers
Fanny Allié, Fiber Arts and Textiles
Doreen Baingana, Fiction
Carolyn Case, Painting
Jeremy Dean, Mixed Media
Kendra DeColo, Poetry
Brian Hart, Fiction
Christine Howard Sandoval, Sculpture
Elizabeth Gonzalez James, Fiction
Sheba Karim, Young Adult Fiction
Danielle Lazarin, Fiction
Cleyvis Natera, Creative Nonfiction
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Painting
Gahl Pratt Pardes, Fiction
Gregory William Rick, Drawing
Abigail Santamaria, Creative Nonfiction
Colleen Toledano, Ceramics
Julie Torres, Mixed Media
Christina Veladota, Poetry

For more details about our winners, visit our Awardees page.