Her literary debut was Mado no Akari ("Light of Windows)" in 2005, for which she won the Bungei Prize.
Aoyama was awarded the 136th Akutagawa Prize for promising new writers of serious fiction (2006) for her novel Hitori Biyori (ひとり日和, "A Perfect Day to Be Alone"). The principal theme in the novel is the so-called freeters in Japan, the millions of young part-time workers, or jobless people prepared to do part-time work.
In 2009, she won the Yasunari Kawabata Literary Prize for her short story Kakera.
- Mado no akari (窓の灯, "The Light of Windows"), 2005, Kawade Shobo Shinsha
- Hitori biyori (ひとり日和, "A Perfect Day to Be Alone"), 2006, Kawade Shobo Shinsha
- Yasashii tameiki (やさしいため息, "A Gentle Sigh"), 2008, Kawade Shobo Shinsha
- Kakera (かけら, "Fragments"), 2009, Shinchosha
- Mahou tsukai kurabu (魔法使いクラブ, "Magic Users Club"), 2009, Gentosha
- Owakare no oto (お別れの音, "The Sound of Separation"), 2010, Bungeishunjū
- Watashi no kareshi (わたしの彼氏, "My Boyfriend"), 2011, Kodansha
- Akari no kohan (あかりの湖畔, "The Lakeshore in the Light"), 2011, Chuokoron-Shinsha
- Hanayome (花嫁, "The Bride"), 2012, Gentosha
- Sumire (Sumire), 2012, Bungeishunjū
- Meguriito (めぐり糸), 2013, Kodansha
- Kairaku (快楽, Pleasure), Shueisha
- "Akutagawa Prize awarded to Nanae Aoyama" – Tokyograph (January 17, 2007) (Retrieved on January 27, 2008)
- Yoko Hani: "NANAE AOYAMA – Office worker takes exalted literary status in her stride" – The Japan Times (March 4, 2007) (Retrieved on January 27, 2008)
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