Fall Internship Opportunities

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PEN/Faulkner Award Intern

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation seeks an intern to assist with the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award submission process. The intern will assist in logistical coordination of the submission process, as well as conduct research into American fiction published during 2017. Additionally, the intern will help draft marketing and communication materials to promote PEN/Faulkner’s upcoming public events, and assist with various administrative tasks.

The internship will begin in late-July and run through December, however, if an intern is interested in extending his/her internship into the spring semester, this can be coordinated. We expect a commitment of 10-15 hours per week, though the intern will have the flexibility to design his or her own schedule.

The Awards intern will:

  • Conduct research on contemporary authors & texts
  • Communicate with publicists & awards coordinators at publishing houses
  • Help track submissions
  • Draft marketing materials for the PEN/Faulkner Celebration, The Eudora Welty Lecture, The PEN/Malamud Award, and the 2018 PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony.
  • Perform various office administrative tasks, as needed.

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year. Three writers are chosen annually by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s Board of Directors to serve as judges for the prize, and these judges are asked to select five books as finalists for the award, making ours the largest peer-juried award in the country. The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is adjudicated free of commercial considerations.


Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Executive Director Darlene Taylor (applications@penfaulkner.org) with the subject line “Awards Internship.”

All applications are due by Monday, July 24th, 2017.