National Book Award Finalists Announced

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Here is the complete list of finalists for the National Book Award in the fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young adult categories.

The finalists include Rumpus interviewee Rachel Kushner and Rumpus book club participant George Saunders—plus one of the judges in the young adult category is our Letters for Kids editor Cecil Castellucci!

Congratulations to all the brave and hardworking writers who made it this far, and good luck!


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →