Dos Passos Prize

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The John Dos Passos Prize is awarded annually to the best currently under-recognized American writer in the middle of their career.

The Prize was founded at Longwood University in 1980 and is meant to honor John Dos Passos by recognizing other writers in his name.[1] The prize is administered by a committee from the Department of English and Modern Languages; the chair of the committee also serves as the chair of the prize jury. Other members on the committee include the immediate past recipient and a distinguished critic, editor, or scholar.

Recipients of the prize receive $2,000 and a bronze medal engraved with their name.


1980 Graham Greene (Awarded before the prize was limited to strictly American authors.)
1981 Gilbert Sorrentino
1982 Robert Stone
1983 Doris Betts
1984 Tom Wolfe
1985 Russell Banks
1986 John Edgar Wideman
1987 Lee Smith
1988 Shelby Foote
1989 Paule Marshall
1990 Larry Woiwode
1991 Elizabeth Spencer [2]
1992 William Hoffman
1993 Ernest J. Gaines
1994 James Welch
1995 Helena Maria Viramontes
1997 E. Annie Proulx
1998 Maxine Hong Kingston
1999 Eric Kraft
2000 Jill McCorkle
2001 Madison Smartt Bell
2002 Randall Kenan [3]
2003 Richard Powers
2004 Maureen Howard
2005 Tim Gautreaux
2006 Kent Haruf
2008 Allen Wier
2009 Robert Bausch
2010 Percival Everett
2011 Mat Johnson
2012 Colson Whitehead
2013 Sherman Alexie
2014 Ruth Ozeki
2017 Danzy Senna


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