Past Award Winners & Finalists

Karen Joy Fowler_with Medallion2014 – Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Daniel Alarcón, At Night We Walk In Circles
Percival Everett, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell
Joan Silber, Fools
Valerie Trueblood, Search Party: Stories of Rescue

Sáenz_Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club2013 – Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club

Amelia Gray, Threats
Laird Hunt, Kind One
T. Geronimo Johnson, Hold It ‘Til It Hurts
Thomas Mallon, Watergate

2012 – Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic

Russell Banks, Lost Memory of Skin
Don DeLillo, The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories
Anita Desai, The Artist of Disappearance
Steven Millhauser, We Others: New and Selected Stories

2011 – Deborah Eisenberg,
The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg

Jennifer Egan, A Visit From the Good Squad
Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule
Eric Puchner, Model Home
Brad Watson, Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives

2010 – Sherman Alexie, War Dances

Barbara Kingsolver, The Lacuna
Lorraine Lopéz, Homicide Survivors Picnic
Lorrie Moore, A Gate at the Stairs
Colson Whitehead, Sag Harbor

2009 – Joseph O’Neill, Netherland

Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Ms. Hempel Chronicles 
Susan Choi, A Person of Interest 
Richard Price, Lush Life 
Ron Rash, Serena

2008 – Kate Christensen, The Great Man

Annie Dillard, The Maytrees
David Leavitt, The Indian Clerk
T.M. McNally, The Gateway: Stories
Ron Rash, Chemistry and Other Stories

2007 – Philip Roth, Everyman

Charles D’Ambrosio, The Dead Fish Museum
Deborah Eisenberg, Twilight of the Superheroes
Amy Hempel, The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel
Edward P. Jones, All Aunt Hagar’s Children

2006 – E.L. Doctorow, The March

Karen Fisher, A Sudden Country
William Henry Lewis, I Got Somebody in Staunton
James Salter, Last Night
Bruce Wagner, The Chrysanthemum Place

2005 – Ha Jin, War Trash

Jerome Charyn, The Green Lantern
Edwidge Danticat, The Dew Breaker

Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
Steve Yarbrough, Prisoners of War

2004 – John Updike, The Early Stories 1953–1975

Frederick Barthelme, Elroy Nights
ZZ Packer, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
Caryl Phillips, A Distant Shore
Tobias Wolff, Old School

2003 – Sabina Murray, The Caprices

Peter Cameron, The City of Your Final Destination
William Kennedy, Roscoe
Victor LaValle, The Ecstatic
Gilbert Sorrentino, Little Casino

2002 – Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

Karen Joy Fowler, Sister Noon
Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections
Claire Messud, The Hunters
Manil Suri, The Death of Vishnu

2001 – Philip Roth, The Human Stain

Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Millicent Dillon, Harry Gold
Denis Johnson, The Name of the World
Mona Simpson, Off Keck Road

2000 – Ha Jin, Waiting

Frederick Busch, The Night Inspector
Ken Kalfus, Pu-239 And Other Russian Fantasies
Elizabeth Strout, Amy and Isabelle
Lily Tuck, Siam, or the Woman Who Shot a Man

1999 – Michael Cunningham, The Hours

Russell Banks, Cloudsplitter
Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible
Brian Morton, Starting Out in the Evening
Richard Selzer, The Doctor Stories

1998 – Rafi Zabor, The Bear Comes Home

Donald Antrim, The Hundred Brothers
Rilla Askew, The Mercy Seat
Mary Gaitskill, Because They Wanted To
Francisco Goldman, The Ordinary Seaman

1997 – Gina Berriault, Women in their Beds

Daniel Akst, St. Burl’s Obituary
Kathleen Cambor, The Book of Mercy
Ron Hansen, Atticus
Jamaica Kincaid, The Autobiography of My Mother

1996 – Richard Ford, Independence Day

Madison Smart Bell, All Souls’ Rising
William Gass, The Tunnel
Claire Messud, When the World Was Steady
A.J. Verdelle, The Good Negress

1995 – David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars 

Frederich Busch, The Children in the Woods
Ursula Hegi, Stones from the River
Joyce Carol Oates, What I Lived For
Joanna Scott, Various Antidotes

1994 – Philip Roth, Operation Shylock 

Stanley Elkin, Van Gogh’s Room at Arles
Dagoberto Gilb, The Magic of Blood
Fae Myenne Ng, Bone
Kate Wheeler, Not Where I Started From

1993 – E. Annie Proulx, Postcards 

Robert Olen Butler, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
Francisco Goldman, The Long Night of White Chickens
Maureen Howard, Natural History
Sylvia Watanabe, Talking to the Dead

1992 – Don DeLillo, Mao II 

Stephen Dixon, Frog
Paul Gervais, Extraordinary People
Allan Gurganus, White People
Bradford Morrow, The Almanac Branch

1991 – John Edgar Wideman, Philadelphia Fire 

Paul Auster, The Music of Chance
Joanne Meschery, A Gentleman”s Guide to the Frontier
Steven Millhauser, The Barnum Museum
Joanna Scott, Arrogance

1990 – E.L. Doctorow, Billy Bathgate 

Russell Banks, Affliction
Molly Gloss, The Jump-Off Creek
Josephine Jacobsen, On the Island
Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Leaving Brooklyn

1989 – James Salter, Dusk 

Mary McGarry Morris,Vanished
Thomas Savage, The Corner of Rife and Pacific
Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Death of Methuselah

1988 – T. Coraghessan Boyle, World’s End 

Richard Bausch, Spirits
Alice McDermott, That Night
Cynthia Ozick, The Messiah of Stockholm
Lawrence Thornton, Imagining Argentina

1987 – Richard Wiley, Soldiers in Hiding  

Richard Ford, The Sportswriter
Charles Johnson, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Janet Kauffman, Collaborators
Maureen Howard, Expensive Habits

1986 – Peter Taylor, The Old Forest and Other Stories 

William Gaddis, Carpenter’s Gothic
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
Hugh Nissenson, The Tree of Life
Helen Norris, The Christmas Wife
Grace Paley, Later the Same Day

1985 – Tobias Wolff, The Barracks Thief 

Harriet Doerr, Stones for Ibarra
Donald Hays, The Dixie Association
David Leavitt, Family Dancing
James Purdy, On Glory’s Courses

1984 – John Edgar Wideman, Sent for You Yesterday  

Ron Hansen, The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
William Kennedy, Ironweed
Jamaica Kincaid, At the Bottom of the River
Bernard Malamud, The Stories
Cynthia Ozick, The Cannibal Galaxy

1983 – Toby Olson, Seaview  

Maureen Howard, Grace Abounding
Bobbie Ann Mason, Shiloh and Other Stories
George Steiner, The Portage to San Cristobal of A.H.
Anne Tyler, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
William S. Wilson, Birthplace

1982 – David Bradley, The Chaneysville Incident

Donald Barthelme, Sixty Stories
Richard Bausch, Take Me Back
Mark Helprin, Ellis Island and Other Stories
Marilynne Robinson,Housekeeping
Robert Stone, A Flag for Sunrise

1981 – Walter Abish, How German Is It?

Shirley Hazzard, The Transit of Venus
Walker Percy, The Second Coming
Gilbert Sorrentino, Aberration of Starlight
John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2011 PEN/Faulkner Foundation Gala

2011 PEN/Faulkner Foundation Gala

On Monday, September 26 at 6:30 PM, we’re proud to welcome a large and diverse number of respected authors to our annual benefit of readings, followed by a black tie dinner at the distinguished Folger Shakespeare Library. Each author will read work inspired by this year’s theme, “The Writing on the Wall.” Along with host Calvin Trillin, we’ve got a fantastic slate of readers for the evening, including:

  • David Remnick
  • Karen Russell
  • Andrew Sullivan
  • Amy Dickenson
  • Roxana Robinson
  • James McBride
  • Kyoko Mori
  • Al Young
  • Jeanne Houston

Tickets to the Gala are $500 a person, with all proceeds from the evening going to support the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and Writers in Schools.

To purchase tickets, please contact Amanda Bregman by phone at 202.636.8740.

The 2011-12 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series

Subscribe to the 2011-12 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series

 

We’re proud to announce this year’s schedule for the PEN/Faulkner 2011-2012 reading series, held in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. This year’s readers include doctors-turned-novelists, historians of fine perfume, love stories that are super, sad and true, and much much more. Here are the details:

10.14.11: R. Dwayne Betts & Ta-Nehisi Coates

11.7.11: Emma Donoghue & Chris Adrian

12.2.11: PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction: Edith Pearlman

12.12.11: Gish Jen & Helen Simonson

1.9.12: Monique Truong, Allegra Goodman, & Myla Goldberg

2.6.12: Benjamin Percy & Dagoberto Gilb

3.2.12: Tilar Mazzeo & Stacy Schiff

4.20.12: Gary Shteyngart & Adam Ross

5.5.12: PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony & Reception

By subscribing to the series, not only can you see great readings, but you also receive a 20% discount on tickets, get invitations to special events and receptions hosted by PEN/Faulkner, and receive priority invitations for the PEN/Faulkner Gala in September  and the Award for Fiction Ceremony.

Subscriptions for all eight readings are $100, and subscriptions to both the readings and the Award for Fiction Ceremony are $200. Unless otherwise noted, all readings take place at the Folger Shakespeare Library, located at 201 East Capitol St. SE, Washington DC (map). Seating is general admission.

For tickets and information, either order online here or call the Folger Box Office at 202.544.7077

Submissions Now Open for the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Awards!

It’s official: we’re now accepting submissions for the 2012 PEN/Faulkner Awards. To submit, please send us any work of fiction published in 2011 for consideration.

The PEN/Faulkner Award, which is peer-juried and one of the nation’s foremost awards for literary fiction, honors excellence by selecting five writers whose work represents the best of American fiction published within the calendar year. The winner receives $15,000, and the other four finalists receive $5,000 each.

Read up on the complete submission guidelines here. In the meantime, If you have any questions call Matthew Burriesci, Executive Director, at 202/898-9063 or email at mburriesci@penfaulkner.org.

Please mail submissions in care of Matthew Burriesci at:

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Look forward to reading your submissions!

Edith Pearlman to Receive the 2011 PEN/Malamud Award

Washington, DC––Edith Pearlman has been selected to receive the 24th annual PEN/Malamud Award.  Given annually since 1988 in honor of the late Bernard Malamud, this award recognizes a body of work that demonstrates excellence in the art of short fiction. The announcement was made today by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Robert Stone and Susan Richards Shreve, Co-Chairs.

“Bernard Malamud expressed the hope that ‘expert practitioners of the short story, especially those who come rarely if ever to the novel, will be recognized’ so that their work might be ‘brought emphatically to public attention.’  With this prize, we hope to bring exactly such long-deserved attention emphatically to Ms. Pearlman’s beautifully crafted and deeply moving short fiction,” said Deborah Tannen, chair of the Malamud Award Selection Committee.

Edith Pearlman has published more than 250 works of short fiction and short non-fiction in national magazines, literary journals, anthologies, and on-line publications. Her work has appeared in Best American Short StoriesThe O. Henry Prize Collection, New Stories from the South, andThe Pushcart Prize Collection Best of the Small Presses.

Her first collection of stories, Vaquita, won the Drue Heinz Prize for Literature and was published by the University of Pittsburgh University Press in 1996. Her second, Love Among The Greats(Eastern Washington University Press, 2002) won the Spokane Annual Fiction Prize. Her third collection,How to Fall, was published by Sarabande Press in 2005 and won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. Her fourth collection, Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories, was published in January 2011 by Lookout Books, a new imprint at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

In a review of Binocular Vision,published in the New York Times, Roxana Robinson wrote, “Pearlman writes about the predicaments — odd, wry, funny and painful — of being human. Her characters are sophisticated, highly literate, relatively affluent and often musical. They travel, they read, they go to museums and concerts: they take pleasure in what the world offers. They’re also principled, and moral responsibility plays an important part in their lives. Pearlman’s prose is smooth and poetic, and her world seems safe and engaging. So it’s arresting when, suddenly, almost imperceptibly, she slips emotion into the narrative, coloring it unexpectedly with deep or delicate hues.”

The PEN/Malamud Award includes a reading in the 2011/2012 PEN/Faulkner Reading Series at the Folger Shakespeare Library and a prize of $5,000. The selection committee is composed of a panel of PEN/Faulkner Board members.  Ms. Pearlman will be given the award on Friday, December 2, 2011 at the Folger Shakespeare Library.  Tickets for the event will go on sale September 1, 2011.

Previous PEN/Malamud Award winners include: Edward P. Jones, Nam Le, John Updike, Saul Bellow, George Garrett, Frederick Busch and Andre Dubus, Eudora Welty, Peter Taylor, Grace Paley, Stuart Dybek and William Maxwell, Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Munro, John Barth, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Ann Beattie and Nathan Englander, Sherman Alexie, Richard Ford, Junot Diaz, Ursula K. Le Guin, Barry Hannah, Maile Meloy, Richard Bausch, Nell Freudenberger, Lorrie Moore, Tobias Wolff, Adam Haslett, Elizabeth Spencer, Cynthia Ozick Peter Ho Davies, Amy Hempel and Alistair MacLeod.

During his 37-year writing career, Bernard Malamud received the National Book Award twice as well as the Pulitzer Prize, a PEN/Faulkner Award nomination, and the Gold Medal for lifetime achievement from the National Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His published works include: The Natural, The Magic Barrel, The Fixer, and The Stories of Bernard Malamud.

Talking about the art of the short story, Malamud said, “I like packing a self or two into a few pages, predicting lifetimes. The drama is terse, happens faster, and is often outlandish. A short story is a way of indicating the complexity of life in a few pages, producing the surprise and effect of a profound knowledge in a short time.”

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation, now celebrating its 31st year, is committed to building audiences for literature and bringing writers together with their readers. This mission is accomplished through readings at the Folger by distinguished writers who have won the respect of readers and writers alike; thePEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the largest peer- juried award for fiction in the United States; thePEN/Malamud Award, honoring excellence in the short story; and the Writers in Schools program, which brings nationally and internationally- acclaimed authors to public high school classrooms in Washington to discuss their work with students.

 

Press Contacts:

Garland Scott: 202-675-0342, gscott@folger.edu

Matt Burriesci: 571-451-7389, mburriesci@penfaulkner.org

Deborah Eisenberg Wins 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction!

DEBORAH EISENBERG RECEIVES

2011 PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FOR FICTION

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 PRESS CONTACTS: Garland Scott, (202) 675–0342, gscott@folger.edu             
Emma Snyder (202) 675-0345 esnyder@penfaulkner.org

Washington, DCDeborah Eisenberg’s The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg (Picador) has been selected as the winner of the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.  The announcement was made today by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Susan Richards Shreve and Robert Stone, Co-Chairmen.

The judgesLaura Furman, William Kittredge, and Helena Maria Viramontes—considered approximately 320 novels and short story collections by American authors published in the US during the 2010 calendar year. Submissions came from over 125 publishing houses, including small and academic presses. There is no fee for a publisher or writer to submit a book.

The honored book, The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg, brings together four volumes of Eisenberg’s work: Transactions in a Foreign CurrencyUnder the 82nd AirborneAll Around Atlantis, andTwilight of the Superheroes, which was a PEN/Faulkner Finalist in 2007. Eisenberg’s stories have long been admired for their exceptional language and nuanced evocation of thought and emotion. About this collection, judge Laura Furman says, “From the first to the last of her collected stories, Deborah Eisenberg demonstrates her sharp intelligence, literary inventiveness, and her clear understanding of human interconnectedness as it exists in isolation. Eisenberg’s reader often has the feeling that her characters don’t quite understand either who they are or how they got themselves into their present fix.  The struggle of her characters to create a whole life from the shards of their experience and emotions forms the moral core of Deborah Eisenberg’s work.” The recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Deborah Eisenberg has also taught at the University of Virginia since 1994.

The PEN/Faulkner Award is America’s largest peer juried prize for fiction in the United States.  As winner, Eisenberg receives $15,000.  Each of the four finalists—Jennifer Egan for A Visit From The Goon Squad(Knopf); Jaimy Gordon for Lord of Misrule(McPherson & Co.); Eric Puchner for Model Home(Scribner); and  Brad Watson for Aliens in The Prime of Their Lives  (W.W. Norton)—receives $5,000. 

All five authors will be honored during the 31st anniversary PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony at the Folger Shakespeare Library, located at 201 East Capitol Street, SE, on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $100, and can be purchased by phoning the Folger Box Office at (202) 544-7077, or online atwww.folger.edu/penfaulkneraward

The PEN/Faulkner Award was first given in 1981. Past winners include last year’s winner Sherman Alexie, and Joseph O’Neill, E.L. Doctorow, Ann Patchett, Philip Roth, John Updike, and John Edgar Wideman, among others. A full list of winners is at http://www.penfaulkner.org/award_for_fiction

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is committed to building audiences for exceptional literature and bringing writers together with their readers.  This mission is accomplished through a reading series at the Folger Shakespeare Library by distinguished writers who have won the respect of readers and writers alike; thePEN/Faulkner Award; the PEN/Malamud Award, honoring excellence in the short story; and theWriters in Schools program, which brings nationally and internationally-acclaimed authors to public high school classrooms, and to book groups of teen parents, and of incarcerated youth in Washington, DC.

 

For More Information, visit www.penfaulkner.org

2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Nominees Announced!

This year’s PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Nominees are:
 

Jennifer Egan for A Visit From the Goon Squad

 

        

 

Deborah Eisenberg for The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg

 

           

 

Jaimy Gordon for Lord of Misrule

 

          

 

Eric Puchner for Model Home

 

           

 

Brad Watson for Aliens in the Prime of Their Lives

 

         

 

READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE! 

PEN/Faulkner Pizza Gala!

Your $25 ticket will support PEN/Faulkner’s Writers in Schools program 
and includes pizza, beer and wine

To RSVP email rhollinger@penfaulkner.org or call 202-898-9063
Tickets will also be available at the door

The 2011 Pizza Gala is sponsored by: 

Lisa and Matthew Winkler, Shelley Brazier and Tom Williamson, Rebecca Cross and Max MacKenzie, Emma Coleman Jordan, Reamy Ancarrow and Michael Forscey, Therese Droste, Jacqueline Adams, Gary Zizka and Mary Kay Zuravleff, Susan Shreve and Tim Seldes, Robert and Barbara Liotta, Marian Holmes and Glenn McNatt, Peter and Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, and Shreve Williams Public Relations

Beverages donated by Diageo – Please drink responsibly

*A special thank you to James Alefantis and Comet Ping Pong*