Whiting Winners

We are delighted to report that Rick Hilles and Benjamin Percy have just been named recipients of 2008 Whiting Awards. Each writer received a $50,000 prize from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. Presented annually since 1985, the Whiting Awards, according to the foundation’s website, are presented to authors who exhibit “exceptional talent and promise in early career.”

Hilles previously won our Editors’ Prize in Poetry and Benjamin Percy’s story “Dial Tone” appeared in our summer 2007 issue.

Eight other writers also received awards, including Mischa Berlinski, Laleh Khadivi, Manuel Muñoz and Lysley Tenorio in fiction, Douglas Kearney and Julie Sheehan in poetry, Donovan Hohn in nonfiction and Dael Orlandersmith for playwriting.