PEN/Malamud Award

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About the Award

The PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction 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.

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.

About This Year’s Winner

On December 2nd, 2016, we will honor Joy Williams with the 28th PEN/Malamud Award.

Joy Williams is the author of four novels — the most recent, The Quick and the Dead, was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 — and three other collections of stories, as well as Il Nature, a book of essays that was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Among her many honors are the Rea Award for the Short Story and the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was elected to the Academy in 2008. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and Laramie, Wyoming.

Past PEN/Malamud Award Winners

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