"The Aspen Words Literary Prize (AWLP) is a $35,000 annual award for an influential work of fiction that illuminates a vital contemporary issue and demonstrates the transformative power of literature on thought and culture.
A vital contemporary issue is a problem that influences a considerable number of individuals within a society. It is often the result of factors extending beyond an individual’s agency, requiring the consideration of society as a whole to confront or solve the issue."
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Opioid, Indiana by Brian Allen Car
Your House will Pay by Steph Cha
Dominicana by Angie Cruz
The Beekeepers of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri