Saturday, September 19, 2020
Now in its fifth year, the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing supports the voices of immigrant writers whose works straddle cultural divides, embrace the multicultural makeup of our society, and interrogate questions of identity in a global society. At a time when borders are physically closed due to a global pandemic, draconian immigration laws are being passed, and xenophobic and racist rhetoric pervades the media, we are more determined than ever to amplify and celebrate the stories and experiences of immigrant authors. This prize awards $10,000 and publication with Restless Books to a writer who has produced a work that addresses the effects of global migration on identity. The prize-winning books alternate between fiction and nonfiction every year; the 2020 prize will be for fiction.
This year’s judges have carefully selected five finalists from one of our largest pool of submissions to date. We are grateful for the deliberation of our three judges and extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the applicants who shared their work with us this year.
Here is the 2020 short list for the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing. Each book should be worthy reading in the time of the pandemic.