THE MARIA THOMAS FICTION AWARD, first published in 1990, is named after the novelist Maria Thomas [Roberta Worrick (Ethiopia 1971–73)] who was the author of a well-reviewed novel — Antonia Saw the Oryx First,  and two collections of short stories, Come to Africa and Save Your Marriage: And Other Stories and African Visas: A Novella and Stories, all set in Africa. Roberta lost her life in August, 1989, while working in Ethiopia for a relief agency. She went down in the plane crash that also  killed her husband, Thomas Worrick (Ethiopia 1971–73), and Congressman Mickey Leland of Texas.

Awards are presented to books published during the previous year.
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The winners are —

2015

kilometer99

Kilometer 99 — A Novel
Tyler McMahon (El Salvador 1999–2002)

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2014

glory-kings

The Glory of the Kings
Dan Close (Ethiopia 1964–66)

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2013

beach-galle-road

The Beach at Galle Road: Stories from Sri Lanka
Joanna R. Luloff (Sri Lanka 1996–98)

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2012

civilized-world
The Civilized World: A Novel in Stories

Susi Wyss (Central African Republic 1990–92)

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2011

cold-snap

Cold Snap: Bulgaria Stories
Cynthia Morrison Phoel (Bulgaria 1994–96)

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2010

in-an-uncharted-country

In An Uncharted Country
Clifford Garstang (Korea 1976–77)

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2009

bakers-boy1

The Baker’s Boy: A Novel
Barry Kitterman (Belize 1976–78)

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2008

disturbance-loving-species

Disturbance-Loving Species
Peter Chilson (Niger 1985–89)

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2007

whiteman

Whiteman
Tony D’Souza (Cote D’Ivorie 2000–02, Madagascar 2002–03)

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2006

manhattan-beach-project
The Manhattan Beach Project
by Peter Lefcourt (Togo 1962–64)

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2005

this-is-not

This Is Not Civilization
Robert Rosenberg (Kyrgyzstan 1994–96)

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2004

know-heart

Know It by Heart
Karl Luntta (Botswana 1977–80)

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2003

in-revere
In Revere, In Those Days

Roland Merullo (Micronesia 1979-80)

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2002

field-observations
Field Observations: Stories

Rob Davidson (Grenada 1990–92)

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2001

steal-heart

Steal My Heart
Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1990–93)

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2000

saviors

Saviors
Paul Eggers (Malaysia 1976–78)

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1999

ahmeds-revenge

Ahmed’s Revenge
Richard Wiley (Korea 1967–69)

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1998

stone-cowboy

Stone Cowboy
Mark Jacobs (Paraguay 1978–80)

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1997

ivory-croc

The Ivory Crocodile
Eileen Drew (Zaire 1979–81)

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1996

polite-society

Polite Society
Melanie Sumner (Senegal 1988–90)

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1995

green-fires

Green Fires: Assault on Eden: A Novel of the Ecuadorian Rainforest
Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963–65)

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1994

swimming-volcano

Swimming in the Volcano
Bob Shachochis (Eastern Caribbean 1975–76)

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1993

incident-akabal

Incident at Akabal
Joanne Omang (Turkey 1964–66)

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1992

Mating

Mating
Norm Rush (Botswana staff 1968–73)

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1991


Where You Once Belonged
Kent Haruf (Turkey 1965–67)

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1990

For his collected works
Paul Theroux (Malawi 1963–65)

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