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Book awards: Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

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The Massacre at Fall Creek by Jessamyn West1975
Ordinary People by Judith Guest1976
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison1977
Final Payments by Mary Gordon1978
Sally Hemings by Barbara Chase-Riboud1979
Morgan's Passing by Anne Tyler1980
The Company of Women by Mary Gordon1981
The Killing Ground by Mary Lee Settle1982
During the Reign of the Queen of Persia by Joan Chase1983
Civil Wars by Rosellen Brown1984
Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin1985
The Bobby-Soxer: A Novel by Hortense Calisher1986
A Southern Family by Gail Godwin1987
Labrador by Kathryn Davis1988
John Dollar by Marianne Wiggins1989
Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin1990
Through the Arc of the Rain Forest by Karen Tei Yamashita1990
The Kommandant's Mistress by Sherri Szeman1993
Taft by Ann Patchett1994
The Instinct for Bliss: Short Stories by Melissa Pritchard1995
The Book of Mercy by Kathleen Cambor1996
The Aguero Sisters by Cristina Garcia1997
Lost in Translation by Nicole Mones1998
Blue Money: Stories by Susan Hubbard1999
The Hatbox Baby by Carrie Brown2000
The Far Field: A Novel of Ceylon by Edie Meidav2001
Disturbance of the Inner Ear: A Novel by Joyce Hackett2002
Wintering: A Novel of Sylvia Plath by Kate Moses2003
Madeleine Is Sleeping (Harvest Book) by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum2004
The Tattoo Artist: A Novel by Jill Ciment2005
The Dissident by Nell Freudenberger2006
Set Me Free by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore2007
The Groom to Have Been by Saher Alam2008
Come Sunday: A Novel by Isla Morley2009
The Dance Boots: Stories by Linda LeGarde Grover2010
The Submission by Amy Waldman2011
Little Century by Anna Keesey2012
On Sal Mal Lane by Ru Freeman2013
Saint Monkey: A Novel by Jacinda Townsend2014
In the Country: Stories by Mia Alvar2015
As Close to Us as Breathing by Elizabeth Poliner2016
What Counts as Love (Iowa Short Fiction Award) by Marian Crotty2017
The Past Is Never: A Novel by Tiffany Quay Tyson2018

Award description

Since 1976, the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies and the Department of English at the University of Rochester have awarded the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for fiction by an American woman. The idea for the prize came out of the personal grief of the friends and family of a fine young editor who was killed in an automobile accident just as her career was beginning to achieve its promise of excellence. She was 30 years old, and those who knew her believed she would do much to further the causes of literature and women. Her family, her friends, and her professional associates in the publishing industry created the endowment from which the prize is bestowed, in memory of Janet Heidinger Kafka and the literary standards and personal ideals for which she stood.



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