February 21, 2020

Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature Declares 2019 Finalists

Carolyn Starman Hessel, the executive director of the Jewish Book Council Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature notified five authors on April 1 that they will each be recognized as a Fellow competing for a $100,000 prize to support their writing.

The five finalists for fiction this year take readers on a world tour of Jewish life: Rachel Kadish, author of “The Weight of Ink”; Michael David Lukas, author of “The Last Watchman of Cairo”; Dalia Rosenfeld, author of “The Words We Think We Know”; Mark Sarvas, author of “Memento Park”; and Margot Singer, author of “Underground Fugue.”

The winners will be announced in the beginning of May at the Moise Safra Center in New York City.

This writing competition is one of the largest literary prizes in the United States

“It is thrilling to experience the extraordinary depth and range of the works of this year’s fiction finalists” George Rohr, who established the award with his sisters, said in a statement. “It is deeply gratifying for our family to be able to recognize these emerging writers, and to play a role in their futures.”