Submissions Now Open for 2013 Award for Fiction

We are now accepting submissions for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction!

This year’s judges, Walter Kirn, Nelly Rosario, and A.J. Verdelle, are poised to read over 350 novels, novellas, and collections of short stories to choose next year’s winner and finalists.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Books must be published in 2012
  • Authors must be living American citizens.
  • Books must be published on a commercial, academic, or small press. No self-published books are accepted.
  • There are no submission fees or application forms.
  • Bound proofs are eligible for submission for books which will be published in November or December of 2012.
  • All submissions must be post-marked October 31, 2012.


Please send FOUR copies of each book to the following address for forwarding to the judges. You are invited to send as many shipments as you like, and are encouraged to send available books as soon as possible.

PEN/Faulkner Award Submissions
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003


The award was founded by members of the international writers’ organization PEN and is now governed by an independent foundation board. The budget for the award and its administration is funded by gifts and grants. We are always grateful for support of the award and of other PEN/Faulkner programs.

The winning writer and four finalists are honored at a ceremony held in Washington at the Folger Shakespeare Library in May. To browse a list of past winners and finalists, click here. To read the award announcement letter, click here.

If you have any questions regarding the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, please send them to

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