Novelist and professor Donald Antrim and Pulitzer nominee Karen Russell are among the 24 MacArthur Fellows elected for 2013.
Antrim, whose work can be found in The New Yorker, is known for three works of fiction: "Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World," published 1993, "The Hundred Brothers" in 1998, and "The Verificationist" in 2000, the middle of which was recognized by the PEN/Faulkner Award panel.
He currently teaches at Columbia University as an Associate Professor.
New York resident Russell achieved fame with "Swamplandia!" which drew on her knowledge of home county Florida, and led to her presence on that year's Orange Prize for Fiction longlist and won her a Pulitzer Prize nomination.
Her debut novel was "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves," while her latest publication, "Vampires in the Lemon Grove," is a collection of short stories released in February of this year.
At 32 years of age, Russell joins Steppenwolf Theatre playwright Tarell McCraney as this year's youngest MacArthur Fellows.
The MacArthur Fellows Program, colloquially known as the Genius Grant, awards $625,000 to each recepient over five years, given to US citizens that show "exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future."