5 Under 35


5 Under 35 honors five debut fiction writers whose work promises
to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.

In 2006, the National Book Foundation established the 5 Under 35 prize to recognize outstanding debut fiction writers under the age of 35. 5 Under 35 has identified some of the most celebrated young writers working today. Previous honorees include Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Brit Bennett, Akwaeke Emezi, Angela Flournoy, Phil Klay, Valeria Luiselli, C.E. Morgan, Téa Obreht, ZZ Packer, Karen Russell, Justin Torres, Bryan Washington, Claire Vaye Watkins, Tiphanie Yanique, and Charles Yu.

5 Under 35 honorees are selected by authors who have been recognized by either the National Book Awards or 5 Under 35 itself. To be eligible for the prize, writers must have published their first and only book of fiction—either a story collection or a novel—within the last five years. Honorees are chosen at the discretion of the selectors; as such, publishers cannot nominate an honoree or submit a book for consideration.

The honorees are recognized at a public ceremony in New York and presented with a $1,000 prize.

The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 program is supported by Amazon Literary Partnership.


Thursday, May 9, 7:00pm EDT
St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, Brooklyn, NY

Join the 2024 honorees for an evening of readings and celebration!

Register here.

Get to know the 2024 National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 honorees during the prize’s second-annual public ceremony. Hosted by comedian and writer Karen Chee, the event will feature readings by each of the honorees from their debut works.

The 2024 honorees are Antonia Angress (Sirens & Muses), Maya Binyam (Hangman), Zain Khalid (Brother Alive), Tyriek White (We Are a Haunting), and Jenny Tinghui Zhang (Four Treasures of the Sky).

The honorees will be introduced on stage by their selectors—five literary luminaries previously honored by the National Book Foundation: Charles Baxter, Adam Johnson, Laila Lalami, Alejandro Varela, and Tiphanie Yanique. Read more about this year’s honorees and selectors here.

Presented in partnership with Books Are Magic and St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church.

This program will include ASL interpretation. For access needs, email nationalbook@nationalbook.org.

The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 program is supported by Amazon Literary Partnership.