ANNOUNCING: Our 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalists

Our judges have selected the five finalists for the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Congratulations to The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha PhilyawDisappear Doppelgänger Disappear by Matthew SalessesThe Knockout Queen by Rufi ThorpeMother Daughter Widow Wife by Robin Wasserman, and Scattered Lights by Steve Wiegenstein.

Literary Conversation: REFUGE

DATE | March 11, 2021 at 7:00 pm ET
LOCATION | Online Event

Join us for an insightful discussion about refuge and home featuring Aleksandar Hemon (Nowhere ManThe Lazarus Project), Abdi Nor Iftin (Call Me American), and moderator Matthew Davis (Founding Director, Alan Cheuse International Writers Center).

PEN/Faulkner Award Celebration

Join us as a sponsor of the PEN/Faulkner Award Celebration as we honor this year’s distinguished books, authors, and literary advocates. This year’s virtual event will feature appearances by our finalists and winner, our judges, our Literary Champion, and several exciting guests. Save the Date: May 10th!

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.

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

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