Promoting a Love of Literature

PEN/Faulkner is a nonprofit literary organization that promotes a lifelong love of reading and a connection to writing through public events, in-school education, and public promotion of exceptional literary achievement. We annually administer the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, one of the highest honors available to American fiction writers. 

BELONGING: The 29th Annual PEN/Faulkner Celebration
BELONGING: The 29th Annual PEN/Faulkner Celebration
BELONGING: The 29th Annual PEN/Faulkner Celebration Monday, October 16th, 2017  |  6:00 PM NEW LOCATION: The Showroom | 1099 14th Street, NW On Monday, October 16th, 2017, PEN/Faulkner will hold its 29th Annual PEN/Faulkner Celebration at THE SHOWROOM in downtown Washington, DC. This annual … Read More
PEN/Faulkner Fall Internship
PEN/Faulkner Fall Internship
The PEN/Faulkner fall internship program is now open. We are currently seeking two interns to assist with the 2017-18 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series, the Writers in Schools program, and the annual Award for Fiction. Each intern is expected to commit about 15-20 … Read More
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Named 2nd Annual Eudora Welty Lecturer
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Named 2nd Annual Eudora Welty Lecturer
Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will deliver the second annual Eudora Welty Lecture on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. Inspired by Eudora Welty’s lectures on One Writer’s Beginnings, the Eudora Welty Lecture is an original talk on the … Read More
Announcing our new Executive Director
Announcing our new Executive Director
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is pleased to announce that Darlene Taylor is our new Executive Director. Taylor brings experience in connecting people and organizations in initiatives they value from her previous service in the corporate sector, nonprofits, and as a senior Congressional aide. … Read More
Now Accepting Submissions for the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
Now Accepting Submissions for the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction! This year’s judges, Alex Espinoza, Stacey D’Erasmo, and Andrea Barrett, are poised to read the novels, novellas, and collections of short stories and to choose next year’s … Read More
Announcing the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award Winner
Announcing the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award Winner
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is pleased to announce that Jhumpa Lahiri will receive the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story in an Award Ceremony & Reading held at the Folger Shakespeare Library on December 8th, 2017. Jhumpa Lahiri is the … Read More