THE MARIA THOMAS FICTION AWARD 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.

The winners are —

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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