2024 National Book Awards Judges


2024 National Book Awards Judges

FictionNonfictionPoetryTranslated LiteratureYoung People’s Literature



Wednesday, March 13 —
Submissions for the National Book Awards open. All titles must be submitted via the entry form between March 13 – May 15, 2024 to be considered for this year’s Awards cycle.

Wednesday, May 15 (5:00pm PDT)
Entry form closes. No titles may be submitted for consideration after this date.

Friday, May 31—
Deadline for providing copies of submitted titles published Dec. 1, 2023–Jun. 30, 2024

Monday, July 1—
Deadline for providing copies of submitted titles published Jul. 1, 2024–Nov. 30, 2024

For more information on providing digital & hard copies, please see the Submission Process section below.


September 10  –  13Longlists announced

Tuesday, October 1 Finalists announced

Tuesday, November 19Medal Ceremony & Finalist Reading

Wednesday, November 20Winners announced at 75th National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner

author photo of Jamie Ford. (Photo credit: Eric Heidle)

Jamie Ford is the author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which spent two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list and won the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. His other bestselling novels include Songs of Willow Frost, and more recently, The Many Daughters of Afong Moy. His work has been translated into 35 languages. (Photo credit: Eric Heidle)


Lauren Groff (Chair) is a three-time National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. Her books include Fates and Furies, Florida, Matrix, and most recently, The Vaster Wilds. (Photo credit: Eli Sinkus)


author photo of Zeyn Joukhadar. (Photo credit: Leah James Photography)

Zeyn Joukhadar is the author of The Map of Salt and Stars and the Lambda Literary and Stonewall Book Award–winning novel The Thirty Names of Night. His work has appeared in Electric Literature, Salon, The Paris Review, the anthologies Letters to a Writer of Color, Kink, and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Joukhadar serves on the board of the Radius of Arab American Writers and is a Periplus Collective mentor. (Photo credit: Leah James Photography)


Author photo of Chawa Magaña. (Photo credit: Charissa Lucille)

Chawa Magaña is the steward of Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, a community space and bookstore located in Phoenix, Arizona. Palabras carries books in both the English and Spanish languages, with a focus on literature by BIPOC authors across intersections, and curates programming centered on creative expression, healing, and liberation. (Photo credit: Charissa Lucille)

Author photo of Reginald McKnight. (Photo credit: Ari Mark)

Reginald McKnight is a short story writer and novelist. He has won the O. Henry Award, the Drue Heinz Literature Prize, and the Whiting Award, among others. He is the author of He Sleeps, Moustapha’s Eclipse, I Get on the Bus, The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas, and White Boys. McKnight is currently the Hamilton Holmes Professor of English at the University of Georgia in Athens. (Photo credit: Ari Mark)


Author photo of Brenda Child. (Photo credit: Nedahness Rose Greene)

Brenda J. Child is Northrop Professor of American Studies and former Chair of the Department of American Studies and the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, where she received the President’s Community Engaged Scholar Award in 2021. The recipient of a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship, Child is the author of several award–winning books in American Indian history and a bestselling bilingual book for children, Bowwow Powwow. Her current book project is The Marriage Blanket: Love, Violence, and the Law in Indian Country. Child is a citizen of the Red Lake Ojibwe Nation in northern Minnesota. (Photo credit: Nedahness Rose Greene)

Author photo of Anand Giridharadas. (Photo credit: Michael Lionstar)

Anand Giridharadas is the author of The Persuaders, Winners Take All, The True American, and India Calling. A former foreign correspondent and columnist for the New York Times, he is publisher of the newsletter The Ink. He has taught narrative journalism at New York University and is a political analyst for MSNBC. Giridharadas has received the Radcliffe Fellowship, Harvard University’s Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award. He lives in New York. (Photo credit: Michael Lionstar)

Author photo of Tressie McMillan Cottom. (Photo credit: The New York Times)

Tressie McMillan Cottom (Chair) is a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, New York Times columnist, and 2020 MacArthur Fellow. Recent accolades include being named the 2023 winner of Brandeis University’s Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize. McMillan Cottom’s most recent book, Thick: And Other Essays, won the Brooklyn Public Library’s 2019 Literary Prize and was a Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction. (Photo credit: New York Times)

Author photo of Timothy Morton. (Photo credit: Emilija Skarnulyte)

Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair of English at Rice University. Morton is the author of 25 books, translated 46 times into 19 languages, including Hell: In Search of a Christian EcologyHyperobjects, and All Art is Ecological. Morton appears with Jeff Bridges in Living in the Future’s Past and has worked with Laurie Anderson and Björk. In 2019, Morton and Jennifer Walshe performed their opera Time Time Time throughout Europe. (Photo credit: Emilija Skarnulyte)

Author photo of Arvin Ramgoolam. (Photo credit: Nathan Bilow)

Arvin Ramgoolam is the co-owner of Townie Books and Rumors Coffee and Tea House in Crested Butte, Colorado. He is a 2020 One Story Adina Talve-Goodman Fellow, a 2022 MacDowell Fellow, and the co-founder of the Mountain Words Literary Festival. His novel-in-progress has been supported by Green Box Arts, Writing by Writers, and the Hemingway House Residency in Ketchum, Idaho. (Photo credit: Nathan Bilow)


Author photo of Richard Blanco. (Photo credit: Matt Stagliano)

Richard Blanco (Chair) was the fifth presidential inaugural poet in US history—the youngest, and the first Latinx, immigrant, and gay person to serve in that role. In 2023, Blanco was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Biden. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami, Blanco’s cultural identity characterizes his many collections of award–winning poetry, including his most recent, Homeland of My Body. Blanco serves as Education Ambassador of the Academy of American Poets, and is an Associate Professor at Florida International University. (Photo credit: Matt Stagliano)

Author photo of Carolyn Forché. (Photo credit: Donald J. Usner)

Carolyn Forché’s fifth collection, In the Lateness of the World, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Her memoir What You Have Heard Is True was a Finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Juan E. Méndez Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America. A recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize, she is Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and Distinguished University Professor at Georgetown University. (Photo credit: Donald J. Usner)

Author photo of Jess Tyehimba. (Photo credit: John Midgley)

Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry, Leadbelly and Olio. Olio won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Society of Midland Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His first collection, Leadbelly, was a winner of the 2004 National Poetry Series. Jess is a Cave Canem fellow and an alumnus of the Green Mill Poetry Slam. (Photo credit: John Midgley)

Author photo of Aimee Nezhukumatathil. (Photo credit: Tenola Plaxico)

Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the New York Times–bestselling author of the essay collections World of Wonders and the forthcoming Bite by Bite. She is poetry editor for Sierra magazine, the story-telling arm of The Sierra Club, and the author of four award–winning poetry collections. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, Nezhukumatathil is a professor of English in the University of Mississippi’s MFA program. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo credit: Tenola Plaxico)

Author photo of Rena Priest. (Photo credit: Dean Davis)

Rena Priest is a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. She served as Washington State’s 6th Poet Laureate and is the author of three books and two anthologies. Her work has received fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Indigenous Nations Poets, and University of Washington Libraries. She has published in Poetry magazine, Yellow Medicine Review, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. (Photo credit: Dean Davis)


Author photo of Aron Aji. (Photo credit: Aji Aron)

Aron Aji directs the Translation programs at the University of Iowa, and was the President of the American Literary Translators Association. He has translated poetry and prose by Turkish writers, including Bilge Karasu, Ferit Edgu, Murathan Mungan, and Ebru Ojen.

Author photo of Jennifer Croft. (Photo credit: Kelly Kurt Brown)

Jennifer Croft won a 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship for her novel The Extinction of Irena Rey, the 2020 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing for her illustrated memoir Homesick, and the 2018 International Booker Prize for her translation of Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights. A two-time National Book Award–honoree, Croft is Presidential Professor of English & Creative Writing at the University of Tulsa. (Photo credit: Kelly Kurt Brown)

Author photo of Jhumpa Lahiri. (Photo credit: Elena Siebert)

Jhumpa Lahiri (Chair), a bilingual writer and translator, is the Millicent C. McIntosh Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Barnard College. Her debut story collection, Interpreter of Maladies, was awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, and her collection Translating Myself and Others was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Her most recent book, Roman Stories, was originally written in Italian and partly translated by the author. (Photo credit: Elena Siebert)

Author photo of Gary Lovely. (Photo credit: Kristen Pietras)

Gary Lovely is the store manager of Prologue Bookshop and publisher of Harpoon Books, an independent publishing company based in Columbus, Ohio. Gary has been working in the book industry for nearly 15 years and was recently named a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree. Gary is a board member of the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association and has written about books for the New York Times, Literary Hub, Buzzfeed Books, Columbus Monthly, and more. (Photo credit: Kristen Pietras)

Author photo of Julia Sanches

Julia Sanches translates literature from Spanish, Portuguese, and Catalan into English, including works by Munir Hachemi, Geovani Martins, and Dahlia de la Cerda. Sanches’ translation of Undiscovered by Gabriela Wiener was recently longlisted for the 2024 International Booker Prize. The rights director of UK-based Tilted Axis Press, she also sits on the Council of the Authors Guild, where she advocates for more equitable terms and contracts for literary translators. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Sanches currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island.


Author photo of Rose Brock. (Photo credit: Sonya Sones)

Rose Brock is co-founder of the North Texas Teen Book Festival; associate professor at Sam Houston State University, where she teaches courses in youth literature; and recipient of the Texas Library Association’s Siddie Joe Johnson Award, honoring outstanding achievement in children’s library service. Dr. Brock is the editor of Hope Wins: A Collection of Inspiring Stories for Young Readers and Hope Nation: Young Adult Authors Share Personal Moments of Inspiration, and the author of Young Adult Literature in Action: A Librarian’s Guide. (Photo credit: Sonya Sones)

Author photo of Huda Fahmy. (Photo credit: Samreen Gazi)

Huda Fahmy grew up in Dearborn, Michigan and has always loved comics. After teaching English for eight years, she was inspired by her older sister to turn her experiences as a Muslim woman in America into comics. Her work, including National Book Award Finalist Huda F Cares, blends humor and poignant observations. Fahmy now lives in Houston, Texas. (Photo credit: Samreen Gazi)

Author photo of Leah Johnson. (Photo credit: Azia Ellis-Singleton)

Leah Johnson is an eternal midwesterner and author of books for children and young adults. Her debut young adult novel, You Should See Me in a Crown, was a Stonewall Honor Book, the inaugural Reese’s Book Club YA Pick, and named one of the 100 Best YA Books of All Time by TIME. Johnson is the founder of Loudmouth Books, an independent bookstore that specializes in highlighting marginalized authors and uplifting banned or challenged books. (Photo credit: Azia Ellis-Singleton)

Author photo of Mike Jung.

Mike Jung is the author of Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities, Unidentified Suburban Object, and The Boys in the Back Row, and has contributed to the anthologies (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, The Hero Next Door, and You Are Here: Connecting Flights. His books have been honored by the Georgia Children’s Book Award, Iowa Children’s Choice Awards, Kansas NEA Reading Circle, Oregon Battle of the Books, Washington Library Association Book Awards, Texas Bluebonnet Awards, and more. Jung is proud to be a founding member of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks team, and lives in Oakland, California.

Author photo of Brein Lopez.

Brein Lopez (Chair) is the general manager of Children’s Book World in Los Angeles, a Pannell Award–winning bookstore whose mission is that every child sees themselves and each other reflected on bookshelves. He has been a bookseller for three decades, having previously served at legendary Los Angeles bookstores Book Soup and Every Picture Tells a Story. Lopez is an advocate for BIPOC, LGBTQIA2+, and Disability representation and inclusion in all aspects of the children’s book industry.