“You get debuts this blazing once in a generation if you’re lucky. Boryga is brilliant, a brilliant writer, a brilliant satirist and his voice could light up a city. Victim is a stake of truth aimed at our vampire culture’s charlatanic heart.” — Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Andrew Boryga is an, author, journalist, and editor who hails from the Bronx, New York. Currently, he lives in Miami, Florida with his wife, children, and cute dog.

He began his career writing for a local newspaper in the Bronx at age 16. By age 18, he worked his way into an internship with The New York Times. Since then, his non-fiction writing has appeared frequently in the Times, as well as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Daily Beast, and many other outlets.

He started writing fiction in college and worked on various iterations of his debut novel, VICTIM, for a decade. In March of 2024 it was published by Doubleday Books to glowing reviews from The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, and many other publications.

In addition to his own writing, Andrew has taught creative writing to elementary school students, college students, and incarcerated adults. He’s lectured frequently about the craft of writing and building a writing career to college students, and K-12 students. He’s also traveled the country with Pop-Up Magazine to perform a reported narrative story to sold-out audiences.

Andrew’s writing has been awarded prizes by Cornell University, The University of Miami, The Susquehanna Review, The Michener Foundation, The Florida Society of News Editors, The Florida Press Club, and The Society of Professional Journalists.

Andrew's Featured Titles

Victim: A Novel

Doubleday |
Literary Fiction

MOST ANTICIPATED: WASHINGTON POSTTIME, & MORE • There’s a fine line between bending the truth and telling bold-faced lies, and Javier Perez is willing to cross it. Victim is a fearless satire about a hustler from the Bronx who sees through the veneer of diversity initiatives and decides to cash in on the odd currency of identity.

“A crowning achievement.” —New York Times Book Review • “You will burn through Victim and find your hands scalded when you are done…Pitch perfect.” —Xochitl Gonzalez, New York Times bestselling author of Olga Dies Dreaming

Javier Perez is a hustler from a family of hustlers. He learns from an early age how to play the game to his own advantage, how his background—murdered drug dealer dad, single cash-strapped mom, best friend serving time for gang activity—can be a key to doors he didn’t even know existed. This kind of story, molded in the right way, is just what college admissions committees are looking for, and a full academic scholarship to a prestigious university brings Javi one step closer to his dream of becoming a famous writer.

As a college student, Javi embellishes his life story until there’s not even a kernel of truth left. The only real connection to his past is the occasional letter he trades with his childhood best friend, Gio, who doesn’t seem to care about Javi’s newfound awareness of white privilege or the school-to-prison pipeline. Soon after Javi graduates, a viral essay transforms him from a writer on the rise to a journalist at a legendary magazine where the editors applaud his “unique perspective.” But Gio more than anyone knows who Javi really is, and sees through his game. Once Gio’s released from prison and Javi offers to cut him in on the deal, will he play along with Javi’s charade, or will it all come crumbling down?

A satirical sendup of tear-jerking trauma plots with a tender portrait of friendship at its core, Victim asks what real diversity looks like and how far one man is willing to go to make his story hit the right notes.

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An Evening with Andrew Boryga

Spend time with Andrew discussing his widely-acclaimed debut novel Victim, and getting into the weeds of some of the various issues the timely novel touches on, including: ethnic representation in the media and literature, identity politics, weaponizing trauma, and what a more expansive definition of diversity looks like.

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Embracing the Hustle Outside Academia

Andrew will break down how he’s been able to build a writing career that pays his bills and feeds his family by finding various uses for his writing talents including, but not limited to: journalism, essays, writing for non-profits, marketing, and coaching. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to think more expansively about what a writing career can look like, and strategies for how to juggle a few hats at once, while still making time for their artistic endeavors.

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Non-Fiction or Fiction: Do You Really Have to Choose?

Andrew–a noted novelist and award-winning journalist who’s held stints at a staff writer at large, national publications–will discuss how to balance a life and career writing both non-fiction and fiction and how to side-step the pressure writers often feel to choose one lane and stick to it. He will lean on his own experience to discuss how it’s possible to both write novels and write columns, investigative stories, and daily news hits, and what the process of switching between each mode can look like.

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Blowing Open the Gates: Spilling the Ins-and-Outs of Navigating the Publishing Industry

In this talk, Andrew will spill all that he’s learned on his journey to becoming a noted debut novelist at a Big 5 publishing house. Topics covered will include: How to land the right agent (not just the most popular one), knowing when your manuscript is ready to go out, how to navigate the process of selling your book, and what are some things to expect (and demand) once your book is being prepared for it’s release. This talk is perfect for new writers on the verge of breaking into the industry, but unsure of what to expect and where to go for answers.

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How to Write Nuanced Diverse Characters

The characters in Victim, Andrew’s debut novel, have been noted by many outlets and award-winning writers as exceptionally crafted characters of color that strike a delicate balance of having cringy flaws and heart-warming redeeming qualities. Andrew will discuss some of the work to create characters like these, why it’s important that even marginalized characters are allowed to be flawed in fictional works, and strategies writers can use to ensure their characters come across to readers as fully-formed, well-rounded people–with warts and all.

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Honors, Awards & Recognition

For VICTIM:

2024 Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing – Issued by Cornell University
Washington Post Most Anticipated Books for March 2024
TIME Most Anticipated Books for March 2024
Real Simple Magazine Most Anticipated Books of 2024
USA Today Most Anticipated Books of 2024
Nylon Magazine Most Anticipated Books for March 2024
Lit Hub Most Anticipated Books of 2024
She Reads Most Anticipated Books of 2024
Debutiful Most Anticipated Books of 2024

For Other Writing:

1st Place Feature Writing – Issued by the Florida Press Club. 2020
1st Place Breaking News Reporting – Issued by the Florida Society of News Editors. 2020
The Fred Shaw Prize in Fiction – Issued by the University of Miami. 2018
Michener Fellowship for Creative Writing – Issued by the University of Miami. 2017
Wordball Award for Finest Football Writing – Issued by The Goalden Times. 2015
El Cantante Award – Issued by the Cornell University Latino Studies Department. 2013
Undergraduate Artist of the Year Award – Issued by Cornell University. 2013
Gary Fincke Creative Writing Prize – Issued by the Susquehanna Review. 2012
Arthur Lynn Andrews Award for Fiction – Issued by Cornell University. 2011
George Harmon Coxe Award for Fiction – Issued by Cornell University. 2011

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