This year’s winner was chosen from nearly 140 titles which were read by diverse members of Virginia Commonwealth University’s academic community and a panel of judges. Each of the finalists came from a strong and uniquely talented writer.
We are happy to announce that the winner of this year’s award is Ramona Ausubel for her outstanding debut novel, No One Is Here Except All of Us!
Praise for No One Is Here Except All of Us:
“Ramona Ausubel’s debut, No One Is Here Except All of Us (Riverhead), captures the magical group-think of a Romanian village that retreats into an imaginary reality at the outbreak of war.” — Vogue
“Fantastical and ambitious… infused with faith in the power of storytelling… Light and tenderness persevere – in a shining moon, in a candle still aglow, in a mother’s embrace of her child.” — The New York Times Book Review
“Here we are, benevolent and cruel, gorgeous and deranged, in a truly enthralling saga which simply staggered me with its capacity for gratitude. No One is Here Except All of Us is a special work of the imagination, an original gift, dark and light, and Ramona Ausubel colors it all with a glowing wisdom.” — Ron Carlson, author of The Signal
Stay tuned for more information about the award event this fall. Until then, check out Ms. Ausubel’s novel and website!