The Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards

Earlier this month I flew to the US to pick up one of the inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards from Dartmouth College, for Central Station.

The award is new – it covers several categories, comes with a cheque for $5000, and a hand-blown glass trophy (plus the trip to New Hampshire, where I got to see the fall leaves). It is open for a second year of eligibility, so if you are a writer or publisher, do consider sending in books!

I was supposed to take part in a panel discussion but was just too late to make it, though I did get there just in time to sign some books, and then for drinks!


In a ceremony held on Oct. 1, the Neukom Institute honored the winners of its inaugural Literary Arts Awards. From left, novelist Maria Dahvana Headley, the principal judge for this year’s awards; Juan Martinez, author of Best Worst American, which won for debut speculative fiction; Corinne Duyvis, author of On the Edge of Gone, co-winner of the open category; Lavie Tidhar, author of Central Station, co-winner of the open category; and Professor Dan Rockmore, director of the Neukom Institute. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00);” source:

Winning this for Central Station was completely unexpected! It came out in 2016 (though several translated editions came out this year) and it already picked up the Campbell Award, so I wasn’t really expecting anything more. As it was, it was a huge honour, great fun meeting the other winners and judge, and then going on to spend a few more days around the States. I even joined Maria and Juan in giving a 2-hour class to some young Dartmouth creative writing students.

The trophies are by hand-blown glass from Simon Pearce – here’s mine after arriving safely back in London.



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