—Willie Vlautin, Lean on Pete, Northline, and The Motel Life

—Laura Albert, author of JT LeRoy’s Sarah and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things

—Carlene Bauer, Not That Kind of Girl and Frances and Bernard

—Susan Straight, Take One Candle Light a Room, Highwire Moon, and Between Heaven and Here

—Lydia Netzer, Shine Shine Shine, How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky, and Everybody’s Baby

—Alena Graedon, The Word Exchange

—Annie Hartnett, Rabbit Cake