They were: George Saunders, David Foster Wallace, Sherman Alexie, Rick Moody, A. M. Homes, Allegra Goodman, William T. Vollmann, Antonya Nelson, Chang-Rae Lee, Michael Chabon, Ethan Canin, Donald Antrim, Tony Earley, Jeffrey Eugenides, Junot Diaz, Jonathan Franzen, Edwidge Danticat, Jhumpa Lahiri, Nathan Englander, and Matthew Klam.
From this distance, the 1999 list looks pretty good. Klam is the only one who's fallen off the map. The others have gone on to do good stuff—I've particularly enjoyed works by Saunders, Wallace, Alexie, Nelson, Chabon, Earley, Franzen, and Lahiri.
Next week's issue will feature a new list:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 32; Chris Adrian, 39; Daniel Alarcón, 33; David Bezmozgis, 37; Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, 38; Joshua Ferris, 35; Jonathan Safran Foer, 33; Nell Freudenberger, 35; Rivka Galchen, 34; Nicole Krauss, 35; Yiyun Li, 37; Dinaw Mengestu, 31; Philipp Meyer, 36; C. E. Morgan, 33; Téa Obreht, 24; ZZ Packer, 37; Karen Russell, 28; Salvatore Scibona, 35; Gary Shteyngart, 37; and Wells Tower, 37.
I wonder how this list will look in eleven years. I think ZZ Packer and Wells Tower are both very good, though Packer hasn't published much since her debut collection of stories, which I'm teaching again this fall.
Of the writers on the list, Mengetsu, Meyer, Morgan, and Scibona are the only ones who haven't appeared before in the magazine.