Yale University has announced the winners of their inaugural Windham Campbell Prizes in fiction, non-fiction, and drama. Each of the nine winners — Tom McCarthy, James Salter, and Zoë Wicomb (fiction); Adina Hoffman, Jonny Steinberg, and Jeremy Scahill (non-fiction); Naomi Wallace, Steven Adly Guirgis, and Tarell Alvin McCraney (drama) — were awarded $150,000 to support their writing.
Though writers at all stages of their career are eligible, they cannot apply, but must be nominated by established professionals. The award was established with a gift from writer Donald Windham’s estate. According to Poets & Writers, the “prizes are named in honor of Windham and his longtime partner, the journalist and publisher Sandy M. Campbell.”
Peter Salovey, president-elect of Yale University, expressed in a press release: “The Windham Campbell Prizes allow us to fulfill that ambition in the field of world literature in ways we are only beginning to understand.”