PEN/Malamud Award

About the Award

The PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story was established by Bernard Malamud’s family to honor excellence in the art of short fiction. The basis of the award fund was a gift from the Malamud family. The fund continues to grow through the generosity of friends, supporters, and Reading Series subscribers. The readings and the fund are administered by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. A panel of PEN/Faulkner directors forms the selection committee for the awards.

2013 Award Winner: George Saunders

George Saunders (photo credit: Chloe Aftel)

George Saunders is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling short story collection Tenth of December. His other works include the novella The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil, and the story collections Pastoralia, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, and In Persuasion NationAdditionally, he is the author of an essay collection, The Braindead Megaphone, and The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, a New York Times children’s bestseller. He writes regularly for The New Yorker and Harper’s, as well as Esquire, GQ, and The New York Times Magazine. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, a World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship, among many other honors and awards. He teaches at Syracuse University.

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Missed the reading and award ceremony? No problem! The event is featured as Episode 24 of the PEN/Faulkner Podcast. You can stream the Podcast here, or subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes.

About Bernard Malamud

“I like packaging a self or two in 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.”
- Bernard Malamud (1914–1986)

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

Past PEN/Malamud Award Winners

Click here to see a list of past PEN/Malamud award winners, including James Salter, Joyce Carol Oates, Edward P. Jones, Nam Le, Grace Paley, John Updike and many others.

Author photo credit: Basso Cannarsa