• Just Being Jackie

    By Margaret Cardillo Silver Medal, Young Children’s An Excerpt: Now Jackie would be living in the White House, the same place she had visited with her mother years ago. Unfortunately, not much had changed. It

  • Just Right Family: An Adoption Story

    By Silvia Lopez Gold Medal, Younger Children’s An Excerpt: “Tell me my favorite story,” I say every night. It’s not in a book. Mama points to the big map on my wall, to a place

  • La librería del mal salvaje

    By Hernán Vera Álvarez Gold Medal, Spanish Language An Excerpt: El orden de las cosas Una biblioteca es una autobiografía. En este caso, los libros que vendemos tienen la dictadura del mercado –top ten de

  • Barnburner

    By Erin Hoover Bronze Medal, Poetry An Excerpt: “The Lovely Voice of Samantha West” I once worked at a call center. We weren’t allowed to talk, only script-read, and I thought: Can’t they automate this?

  • How the End First Showed

    By D.M. Aderibigbe Silver Medal, Poetry An Excerpt: Before the Elegies It was the last time I stepped into your bedroom, I remember. You could hardly complete the name you gave me, but I moved

  • Knowing When to Leave

    By Kristina Neihouse Silver Medal, Young Adult An Excerpt: When I heard Becky come in just before sunset, I was on the floor on the other side of my bed, reading. I didn’t get up.

  • My Real Name is Hanna

    By Tara Lynn Masih Gold Medal, Young Adult An Excerpt: It is a good thing for us that it is October and there is no snow on the ground to show our footsteps. It is

  • Key to the New World: A History of Early Colonial Cuba

    By Luis Martínez-Fernández Bronze Medal, General Nonfiction An Excerpt: In 1580, Captain Melchor Sardo de Arana arrived in Havana to take charge as alcaide of el Castillo de la Real Fuerza. The fort, which had

  • The Jefferson Prophecy

    By Tom Lowe Bronze Medal, Popular Fiction An Excerpt: Isle of Panarea, Sicily – Present Day As Paul Marcus approached the Isle of Panarea harbor in a forty-foot sailboat, he removed his sunglasses, glanced up