Submission Period Now CLOSED for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
The postmark deadline of October 31st has passed for submissions to the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Authors and Publishers planning to submit works that are published between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31st, 2014, please check this page in early 2014 for information about how you can submit to next year’s prize.
About the Award
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 directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to serve as judges for the prize, and these judges are asked to select five books (from among the more than 350 works submitted each year) as finalists for the award, making this the largest peer-juried award in the country. Both the eventual winner of the award and all finalists are invited to Washington, D.C. for the PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony and Dinner.
Celebrating the winner as “first among equals,” the 34th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony will take place at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7 pm. The event will feature the judges’ citations for each finalist’s book, the conferral of the PEN/Faulkner Award, and a reading by each author.
Each year, the PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony & Dinner is open to the public. Tickets for the 2014 PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony & Dinner are $100 and are available for purchase through the Box Office of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Bundle your ticket purchase with a subscription to the PEN/Faulkner Reading Series and save 15%. Call the Folger Box Office at (202) 544-7077 for more information or subscribe to the Reading Series here.
A list of past winners and finalists of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction can be found here.
About the 2014 Judges
Madison Smartt Bell is a critically acclaimed writer of more than a dozen novels and story collections including All Souls’ Rising, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award and the winner of the 1996 Anisfield-Wolf award. His numerous essays and reviews have appeared in publications including Harper’s and the New York Times Book Review. He is a professor in the English Department and Co-Director of the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College.
Manuel Muñoz is the author of a novel, What You See in the Dark, and two story collections, Zigzagger and The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue, which was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. He is the recipient of a PEN/O. Henry Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is currently an associate professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Achy Obejas is the author of five works of fiction, including the novels Ruins and Days of Awe. Her translation, into Spanish, of Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao was a finalist for Spain’s Esther Benítez Translation Prize. She is a founding member of the Creative Writing faculty at the University of Chicago, a member of the Editorial Board of In These Times, and a blogger for WBEZ.org. Beginning this fall, she will be the Distinguished Visiting Writer at Mills College in Oakland, CA.