Of the ten authors long-listed for this year’s National Book Award for Fiction, only Lauren Groff has been a previous contender for the prize, for her 2015 novel “Fates and Furies.” This year, she was selected for her book of stories, “Florida,” which conjures a sense of human fragility through encounters with the state’s natural phenomena. Katy Waldman writes that “Groff’s short fiction projects psychology outward, externalizing dread, pleasure, and innocence in feral cats, jasmine, and cygnets.” Four of the stories from the collection—“Dogs Go Wolf,” “Flower Hunters,” “The Midnight Zone,” and “Ghosts and Empties”—were originally published in this magazine.

Groff isn’t the only contender to grapple with Floridian psychology. “Gun Love,” by Jennifer Clement, follows a teen-age girl growing up in central Florida, and was published only three weeks after the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. In her review of the book, Katy Waldman wrote that the novel “tracks a group of characters who can’t help but be seduced by the power that firearms represent, even as bullets tear their lives open again and again.”

The full list is below.

Jamel Brinkley, “A Lucky Man
Graywolf Press

Jennifer Clement, “Gun Love
Hogarth / Penguin Random House

Lauren Groff, “Florida
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Daniel Gumbiner, “The Boatbuilder
McSweeney’s

Brandon Hobson, “Where the Dead Sit Talking
Soho Press

Tayari Jones, “An American Marriage
Algonquin Books / Workman Publishing

Rebecca Makkai, “The Great Believers
Viking Books / Penguin Random House

Sigrid Nunez, “The Friend
Riverhead Books / Penguin Random House

Tommy Orange, “There There
Alfred A. Knopf / Penguin Random House

Nafissa Thompson-Spires, “Heads of the Colored People
Atria Books / 37 INK / Simon Schuster

The judges for the category this year are Laila Lalami, whose most recent book, “The Moor’s Account,” was a contender for both the Man Booker Prize and the Pulitzer Prize; Chris Bachelder, whose most recent book, “The Throwback Special,” was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction; Min Jin Lee, whose novel “Pachinko” was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction; Laurie Muchnick, the fiction editor at Kirkus Reviews; and Chinelo Okparanta, whose most recent book is “Under the Udala Trees,” which was a finalist for the International Dublin Literary Award.