from the Windham-Campbell Prize website:
The director of the Windham-Campbell Prizes recently made the call of a lifetime to eight entirely surprised writers, informing them that they will each be recognized with a $165,000 USD prize to support their writing. Awards will be conferred September 12-14 at an international literary festival at Yale, where the Prizes are based.
Established in 2013 with a gift from the late Donald Windham in memory of his partner of 40 years, Sandy M. Campbell, the prizes are among the richest and most prestigious literary prizes on earth.
English language writers from anywhere in the world are eligible….Writers from around the world are nominated conﬁdentially and judged anonymously. The call that Prize recipients receive from program director Michael Kelleher is the ﬁrst time that they have learned of their consideration.
In addition to Jamaica’s Lorna Goodison, the other prize recipients are:
in drama, Lucas Hnath (US) and Suzan-Lori Parks (US); in nonﬁction, Sarah Bakewell (UK) and Olivia Laing (UK); in ﬁction, John Keene (US) and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi(Uganda/UK); and in poetry Cathy Park Hong (US).
Original post here.