Joyce Carol Oates Prize

“The Joyce Carol Oates Prize recognizes annually a midcareer fiction writer who has earned a distinguished reputation and the approbation and gratitude of readers. While there are numerous prizes for emerging writers, this prize is for an already emerged author of national consequence—short stories and/or novels—at the relatively middle stage of a burgeoning career. By midcareer we mean an author who has published at least two notable books of fiction, and who has yet to receive capstone recognition such as a Pulitzer or a MacArthur.”

Winner 2022

Matrix by Lauren Groff


  • The Index of Self-Destructive Acts by Christopher Beha
  • The Trees by Percival Everett
  • Matrix by Lauren Groff
  • Intimacies by Katie Kitamura
  • Hell of a Book by Jason Mott


Megan Abbott, The Turnout,

Kristen Arnett, With Teeth,

Christopher Beha, The Index of Self-destructive Acts, 

Matt Bell, Appleseed, Custom House

Venita Blackburn, How to Wrestle a Girl,

Amina Cain, Indelicacy,

Dan Chaon, Sleepwalk,

Joshua Cohen, The Netanyahus, 

Lucy Corin, The Swank Hotel,

Katie Crouch, Embassy Wife,

Louis Edwards, Ramadan Ramsey,

Percival Everett, The Trees,

Jonathan Evison, Legends of the North Cascades,

Rivka Galchen, Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch,

Kaitlyn Greenidge, Libertie,

Lauren Groff, Matrix, 

Joshua Henken, Morningside Heights, 

Caitlin Horrocks, Life among the Terranauts,

Jessica Francis Kane, Rules for Visiting,

Katie Kitamura, Intimacies,

Alexandra Kleeman, Something New Under the Sun,

Shelia Kohler, Open Secrets,

Jean Hanff Korelitz, The Plot;

Zachary Lazar: Vengeance, 

Jonathan Lethem, The Arrest, 

Atticus Lish, The War for Gloria, 

Jason Mott, Hell of a Book, 

Ruth Ozeki, The Book of Form and Emptiness, 

Kathleen Rooney, Cher Ami and Major Whittlesey,

Maggie ShipsteadGreat Circle,

Joan Silber, Secrets of Happiness, 

Dana Spiotta, Wayward,

Brandon Taylor, Filthy Animals, 

Laura van den Berg, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, 

Vendela Vida, We Run the Tides,

Bryan Washington, Memorial, 

Tiphanie Yanique, Monster in the Middle,