Dayton Peace Prize

The Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation was established to advance peace through literature. Nominated works should focus on peace:
  • increasing understanding between and among people as individuals or within and between families, communities, nations, ethnic groups, cultures and religions. Works should have enduring literary value and should appeal to a variety of audiences.
Nominated works should characterize peace as:
  • ending or seeking to end conflict—personal, national or international,
  • establishing concord between and among people, or
  • showing consequences of persons, nations or institutions recklessly disrupting personal harmony or universal accord.
2013 Winner


    • The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson
    2013 Runner-up
    2013 Finalists
    • The Coldest Night by Robert Olmstead
    • The Life of Objects by Susanna Moore
    • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
    • The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (4.5 stars)
    2012 Winner
    2012 Runner-up
    • Nanjing Requiem by Ha Jin
    2012 Finalists
    2011 Winner
    • The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee
    2011 Runner-up
    • Beneath the Lion's Gaze by Maaza Mengiste
    2011 Finalists
    • How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
    • The Gendarme by Mark Mustian
    • Kapitoil by Teddy Wayne
    2010 Winner
    • The Book of Night Women by Marlon James
    2010 Runner-up
    • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    2010 Finalists
    • A Postcard from the Volcano by Lucy Beckett
    • A Good Fall by Ha Jin
    • Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
    • The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim
    2009 Winner
    • Peace by Richard Bausch
    2009 Runner-up
    • Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan 
    2009 Finalists
    • The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
    • Beijing Coma by Ma Jian
    • Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner
    • Song Yet Sung by James McBride
    2008 Winner
    2008 Runner-up
    • Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcon
    2008 Finalists
    • Coal Black Horses by Robert Olmstead
    • The Ocean in the Closet by Yoko Taniguchi
    • Song for Night by Chris Abani
    2007 Winner
    • Birds in Fall by Brad Kessler
    2007 Runner-up
    • Skinner's Drift by Lisa Fugard
    2006 Winner
    • A Changed Man by Francine Prose
    2006 Runner-up
    • The Discontinuity of Small Things by Kevin Haworth

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