The 30+ Best Living Novelists & Fiction Authors Today, Ranked

Voting Rules
The best living novelists, writers, and writers of fiction.

These are the best living authors and novelists currently, according to Rankers and bibliophiles. If you’re looking for a book to read for a rainy day, you can’t go wrong by choosing a novel or short story written by someone on this list. After all, the greatest novelists alive consistently get onto bestseller lists and book club recommendation lists. But amongst all these writers currently alive, who are the best?

If you love reading, then vote for your favorite living authors and novelists below. They hail for a wide range of genres and literary styles, from playwrights to novelists. You’ll find your favorite science fiction writers as well as great dramatic novelists. Everyone on the list and everyone that you vote for must currently be alive. We all know that there are plenty of great writers that have left us, but this list is about the ones we still get to cherish.

Don’t see a great living author listed? Then add him or her so that others may vote and discover some excellent novels. If you’re curious where your favorite novelist currently alive is ranked, use the search box at the top of the list. Otherwise, get your votes on, book worms. Vote for who you think is the best living author (or best living authors) right now!

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Ranked by
  • Cormac McCarthy
    1,080 votes
    The Road, Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men
  • Stephen King
    1,284 votes
    The Shining, The Stand, The Dark Tower
  • Haruki Murakami
    617 votes
    The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Norwegian Wood, 1Q84
  • Philip Roth - Died May 22, 2018
    339 votes
    Portnoy's Complaint, American Pastoral, The Plot Against America
  • Kazuo Ishiguro
    447 votes
    Never Let Me Go, The Remains of the Day, When We Were Orphans
  • Milan Kundera
    316 votes
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Joke