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Here are the Winners of This Year’s Windham-Campbell Prizes

Rebecca Solnit, Young Jean Lee, and Kwame Dawes are among the winner’s of this year’s Windham-Campbell Prizes, which award writers with $165,000 to support their work.

The prize, for which all English-language writers are eligible, was established in 2013 by Donald Windham in memory of Sandy Campbell, his partner of four decades. Since then, 59 writers from 16 countries have received the prize, which is administered by Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Among this year’s winners, Danielle McLaughlin is the first Irish fiction writer to win the prize, and Young Jean Lee is the first Asian-American dramatist to win.

While the judging process is anonymous, Prize director Michael Kelleher told Literary Hub that judges tend to focus on writers that expand their understanding of genre and those for whom the award would have the greatest impact. “This prize is really designed to support writers and give them time to write. That’s why the amount of money is so large. It’s intended to say, ‘Here you go, go write your next book,'” he said.

Writers are not aware they’re being considered for the prize until Kelleher calls to notify them they’ve won. “It’s very intense,” he said. “Some of these calls are going to be life-changing in ways you can’t imagine.”

Read the full list of winners below.

Fiction
Danielle McLaughlin (Ireland)
David Chariandy (Canada)

Nonfiction
Raghu Karnad (India)
Rebecca Solnit (United States)

Poetry
Ishion Hutchinson (Jamaica)
Kwame Dawes (Ghana/Jamaica/United States)

Drama
Young Jean Lee (United States)
Patricia Cornelius (Australia)

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The 25 Authors Who’ve Made the Most Money in the Last Decade

Keep your day job, they say. There’s no money in publishing, they say. Books are dying, they say. And well, mostly they’re right (except for that last one). But sometimes, if you’re very talented or very lucky or both, you can prove them all wrong. Just ask James Patterson. Or, you know, Michael Wolff.

But what exactly turns a writer into a millionaire? As a first step towards figuring it out, I took a look at the authors who made the most money over the last decade. All of the original data comes from Forbes, whose journalists make this calculation annually. They note: “Figures are pretax; fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted. Earnings estimates are based on data from NPD BookScan and Box Office Mojo, as well as interviews with industry insiders, including some of the authors themselves.”

Some takeaways: 1. Franchises make money, and so do adaptations, but if you want to be a literary millionaire, you really have to write a) for children or b) a mystery (or romance) that strikes fear (or lust) in the hearts of the world. 2. It’s hard to beat James Patterson, but a true phenomenon (Harry PotterFifty Shades of Grey can do it). 3. Some years were good for writers in general, others were (relatively) lean across the board. A full accounting follows. Good luck, aspiring writers.

2018

1. James Patterson : $86 million
2. J. K. Rowling : $54 million
3. Stephen King : $27 million
4. John Grisham : $21 million
5. Dan Brown (tie) : $18.5 million
5. Jeff Kinney (tie) : $18.5 million
7. Michael Wolff : $13 million
8. Nora Roberts (tie) : $12 million
8. Danielle Steel (tie) : $12 million
10. E. L. James (tie) : $10.5 million
10. Rick Riordan (tie) : $10.5 million

2017

1. J.K. Rowling : $95 million
2. James Patterson : $87 million
3. Jeff Kinney : $21 million
4. Dan Brown : $20 million
5. Stephen King : $15 million
6. John Grisham (Tie) : $14 million
6. Nora Roberts (Tie) : $14 million
8. Paula Hawkins : $13 million
9. E. L. James : $11.5 million
10. Danielle Steel (Tie) : $11 million
10. Rick Riordan (Tie) : $11 million

2016

1. James Patterson : $95 million
2. Jeff Kinney : $19.5 million
3. J.K. Rowling : $19 million
4. John Grisham : $18 million
5. Stephen King (Tie) : $15 million
5. Danielle Steel (Tie) : $15 million
5. Nora Roberts : $15 million
8. E. L. James : $14 million
9. Veronica Roth (Tie) : $10 million
9. John Green (Tie) : $10 million
9. Paula Hawkins (Tie) : $10 million
12. George R. R. Martin (Tie) : $9.5 million
12. Dan Brown (Tie) : $9.5 million
12. Rick Riordan (Tie) : $9.5 million

2015

1. James Patterson : $89 million
2. John Green : $26 million
3. Veronica Roth (Tie) : $25 million
3. Danielle Steel (Tie) : $25 million
5. Jeff Kinney : $23 million
6. Janet Evanovich : $21 million
7. J. K. Rowling (Tie) : $19 million
7. Stephen King (Tie) : $19 million
9. Nora Roberts : $18 million
10. John Grisham : $14 million
11. Dan Brown (Tie) : $13 million
11. Suzanne Collins (Tie) : $13 million
11. Gillian Flynn (Tie) : $13 million
11. Rick Riordan (Tie) : $13 million
15. E. L. James (Tie) : $12 million
15. George R. R. Martin (Tie) : $12 million

2014

1. James Patterson : $90 million
2. Dan Brown : $28 million
3. Nora Roberts : $23 million
4. Danielle Steel : $22 million
5. Janet Evanovich : $20 million
6. Jeff Kinney (Tie) : $17 million
6. Veronica Roth (Tie) : $17 million
6. John Grisham (Tie) : $17 million
6. Stephen King (Tie) : $17 million
10. Suzanne Collins : $16 million
11. J. K. Rowling : $14 million
12. George R. R. Martin : $12 million
13. David Baldacci : $11 million
14. Rick Riordan (Tie) : $10 million
14. E. L. James (Tie) : $10 million
16. Gillian Flynn (Tie) : $9 million
16. John Green (Tie) : $9 million

2013

1. E. L. James : $95 million
2. James Patterson : $91 million
3. Suzanne Collins : $55 million
4. Bill O’Reilly : $28 million
5. Danielle Steel : $26 million
6. Jeff Kinney : $24 million
6. Janet Evanovich : $24 million
8. Nora Roberts : $23 million
9. Dan Brown : $22 million
10. Stephen King : $20 million
10. Dean Koontz : $20 million
12. John Grisham : $18 million
13. David Baldacci : $15 million
14. Rick Riordan : $14 million
15. J. K. Rowling : $13 million
16. George R. R. Martin : $12 million

2012

1. James Patterson : $94 million
2. Stephen King : $39 million
3. Janet Evanovich : $33 million
4. John Grisham : $26 million
5. Jeff Kinney : $25 million
6. Bill O’Reilly : $24 million
7. Nora Roberts : $23 million
7. Danielle Steel : $23 million
9. Suzanne Collins : $20 million
10. Dean Koontz : $19 million
11. J. K. Rowling : $17 million
12. George R. R. Martin : $15 million
13. Stephenie Meyer : $14 million
13. Ken Follett : $14 million
15. Rick Riordan : $13 million

2011

1. James Patterson : $84 million
2. Danielle Steel : $35 million
3. Stephen King : $28 million
4. Janet Evanovich : $22 million
5. Stephenie Meyer (Tie) : $21 million
5. Rick Riordan (Tie) : $21 million
7. Dean Koontz : $19 million
8. John Grisham : $18 million
9. Jeff Kinney : $17 million
10. Nicholas Sparks : $16 million
11. Ken Follett : $14 million
12. Suzanne Collins : $10 million
13. J. K. Rowling : $5 million

2010

1. James Patterson : $70 million
2. Stephenie Meyer : $40 million
3. Stephen King : $34 million
4. Danielle Steel : $32 million
5. Ken Follett: $20 million
6. Dean Koontz : $18 million
7. Janet Evanovich : $16 million
8. John Grisham : $15 million
9. Nicholas Sparks : $14 million
10. J. K. Rowling : $10 million

2009

For whatever reason I could not find the data for 2009. (If you can, let me know!) So instead:

2008

1. J.K. Rowling : $300 million
2. James Patterson : $50 million
3. Stephen King : $45 million
4. Tom Clancy : $35 million
5. Danielle Steel : $30 million
6. John Grisham (Tie) : $25 million
6. Dean Koontz (Tie) : $25 million
8. Ken Follett : $20 million
9. Janet Evanovich : $17 million
10. Nicholas Sparks : $16 million

The authors who made the most money over the last 10 years:

1. James Patterson : $836 million
2. J. K. Rowling : $546 million
3. Stephen King : $259 million
4. Danielle Steel : $231 million
5. John Grisham : $192 million
6. Jeff Kinney : $165 million
7. E. L. James (Tie) : $153 million
7. Janet Evanovich (Tie) : $153 million
9. Nora Roberts : $128 million
10. Suzanne Collins : $114 million
11. Dan Brown : $111 million
12. Dean Koontz : $101 million
13. Rick Riordan : $91.5 million
14. Stephenie Meyer : $75 million
15. Ken Follett : $68 million
16. George R. R. Martin : $60.5 million
17. Veronica Roth (Tie) : $52 million
18. Bill O’Reilly (Tie) : $52 million
19. Nicholas Sparks : $46 million
20. John Green : $45 million
21. Tom Clancy : $35 million
22. David Baldacci : $26 million
23. Paula Hawkins : $23 million
24. Gillian Flynn : $22 million
25. Michael Wolff : $13 million

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Sandra Cisneros: A Dedication to Word-Workers, Asylum Seekers and More

I dedicate this award to the poets, our prophets in the era of lies, and to the truth-seekers, the journalists and writers who brave censorship, dismissal, defamation, detention, torture, death, for they are our light in the time of darkness.

I dedicate this award to the word-workers, editors, publishers, proofreaders, publicists, literary agents, wordsmiths who believe in the alleluia of the book.  All praise for their labor.

I dedicate this award to Liliana Valenzuela, mid-wife of words, my translator, and to my translators and publishers in Spain, China, Russia, Thailand, Egypt, Japan, Iran, France, Italy, Romania, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Korea, Holland, Norway, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey, Sweden, Greece, with my gratitude for launching my books, each one a note in a bottle, a message tossed to the world.

I dedicate this award especially to the librarians and booksellers, patron saints in the age of distraction, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven; blessed are they for being the peacemakers.

I dedicate this award to my sixth-grade teacher at Saint Aloysius, whose name I cannot remember, whose kindness I cannot forget, the first educator who made me feel I was loved, whose love taught me to love myself.  And to all the teachers, for their work is sacred.

I dedicate this award to my immigrant father, whose longing for home taught us to love and know our own story.

I dedicate this award to the Chicana literary critics; Norma Alarcón, Tey Diana Rebolledo, Sonia Saldívar-Hull, Maria Herrera Sobek, Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano, who risked their careers, their reputations on my behalf and that of my literary hermanas Gloria Anzaldúa, Cherríe Moraga, Helena María Viramontes, Denise Chávez, Ana Castillo.

I dedicate this award to my spirit teachers, Joy Harjo, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodren, illuminators of my path.

I dedicate this award to the courageous poet-warrior Rita Dove, who dared to introduce to the canon American writers of color.

I dedicate this award to my fellow amphibians, the linguistic border-crossers across the globe, the tongue tricksters of my generation, the word wizards who see through walls.

I dedicate this award to my blood as well as my spiritual family; in Sarajevo; San Antonio, Texas; Chicago; San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato; and especially to my literary familia, the writers of Macondo.

I dedicate this award to my grandmother Maria Romualdo Felipa Anguiano and grandfather José Eleuterio Cordero, who emigrated from Loza de Barrera, Guanajuato, to Chicago, and to Jorge Enrique Cisneros, my paternal great-grandfather, an actor/playwright/composer.  I dedicate this award to all my ancestors, the Sephardic as well as the Muslim, the Christian as well as the Pagan, the indigenous from tribes as far north as the Seri and as far south as the Mayan, and for those whose names and tribes were forgotten, especially the women.

I dedicate this award to all divided by borders, the mothers and fathers punished for seeking asylum, for the children traumatized by separation. For the North Carolina woman Cruz who lost her son twice, once to deportation, and then again to suicide.  For the undocumented globally, for the stories they carry inside them, a burden too big for one body to contain.

I dedicate this award to my mother Elivira Cordero, whose hunger for art and books and music allowed me to be the artist she wished she could’ve become.

I dedicate this award to my immigrant father, whose longing for home taught us to love and know our own story.

I dedicate this award to my nieces and nephews who know who they are, who honor their ancestors and are proud to say they are Mexican.

I dedicate this award to PEN for recognizing me as an international writer, a writer of America as well as las Americas.  I dedicate this award to the judges, for it is a privilege to be linked to their names.

I dedicate this award to my literary mothers and fathers, Gwendolyn Brooks, Studs Terkel, Eduardo Galeano, Elena Poniatowska, who taught and continue to teach me about serving those whom history forgets.  I dedicate this award to the poet Ambar Past whose poem “Dedicatorias” inspired this dedication.  I dedicate this award to the women writers whose best books were written after the age of 65, who motivate me to look forward instead of back.

I dedicate this award to my editor at Alfred A. Knopf, Robin Desser, for radiating faith, light, love, and allowing me to do the same.

I dedicate this award to Stuart Bernstein, my literary agent of two months, whose gentle, loving spirit gives me wings.  I dedicate this award especially to my literary agent of 30 years, Susan Bergholz, who opened the doors for so many writers like me to get published, who planted the seed for the curriculum to reflect the real United States, who has altered for the better the lives of so many individuals she will never know, but especially and most deeply, for altering my life.

I dedicate this award to all who know writing is a spiritual act, who have faith writing can transform the lives of others, who have been resurrected by writing, who are transforming and resurrecting the world with their words.

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Founded in 2016 in collaboration with the Nabokov Foundation, PEN America confers this award annually to a living author whose body of work, either written in or translated into English, represents the highest level of achievement in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and/or drama, and is of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship. Read more about the award, and tune in to Sandra’s speech here.

Copyright © 2019 Sandra Cisneros. By permission of Stuart Bernstein Representation for Artists. All rights reserved.

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