Watch the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award Celebration

The 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award Celebration on May 10 featured our PEN/Faulkner Award winner, finalists, and judges, our inaugural PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion, LeVar Burton, and special guests Stephen King, Francine Prose, and more!

Sign up for Summer Writing Programs

Rising 3rd-12th graders can join Molly Burnham (Teddy Mars) and Derrick Weston Brown (Wisdom Teeth) for our virtual writing workshops this summer!

Recording available: CRISIS

Crisis, our final Literary Conversation of the 2020-2021 season, featured three novelists whose work is informed by the possibility of impending crisis – T.C. Boyle, Jenny Offill, and Nnedi Okorafor. View their conversation with moderator Sean Murphy!

Our Awards

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation celebrates literature by giving out three major literary awards: the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and the PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion. Our goal in doing so is to honor major literary achievements and help readers discover the breadth and diversity of contemporary fiction.

Literary Conversations

PEN/Faulkner brings highly acclaimed established and emerging authors together into a shared space, inviting them to discuss urgent contemporary issues through the lens of their varied perspectives. By curating Literary Conversations, we turn the private, individual experience of reading into an enriching, inspiring experience for a larger community, one that engages in vital civil discourse.

Literary Conversations

PEN/Faulkner brings highly acclaimed established and emerging authors together into a shared space, inviting them to discuss urgent contemporary issues through the lens of their varied perspectives. By curating Literary Conversations, we turn the private, individual experience of reading into an enriching, inspiring experience for a larger community, one that engages in vital civil discourse.

Education Programs

PEN/Faulkner provides young people with dynamic literary experiences that combine culturally relevant book donations, writing instruction, and rich discussions with authors. Our education programs work in tandem to create spaces in which students in grades 3-12 from all across DC can engage with a diverse variety of perspectives.

We currently offer: Writers in Schools, Writing Workshops, Writers in Residence, Together We Read, Summer Writing Programs, and our Nuestras Voces initiative.

OUR MISSION

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation celebrates literature and fosters connections between readers and writers to enrich and inspire both individuals and communities.

Your Support Matters

Your support makes our programs possible. Please consider a contribution. Thank you.

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