By Jessica Hagedorn
Original Publisher: Pantheon
Current Publisher: Theater Communications Group
- Felipe Alfau for Chromos
- Elena Castedo for Paradise
- Jessica Hagedorn for Dogeaters
- Joyce Carol Oates for Because It Is Bitter, and Because It Is My Heart
Fiction Winner That Year: Charles Johnson for Middle Passage
Fiction Judges That Year: William Gass, Phillip Lopate, Terry McMillan, Paul West
The Year in Literature:
- The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
- Octavio Paz won the Nobel Prize for literature.
- Dogeaters is a novel about the Philippines during the Marcos reign.
- Hagedorn adapted Dogeaters for the stage as a play of the same title.