The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize that honors the best published works of fiction by American permanent residents in a calendar year. Three writers are chosen annually by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to serve as judges for the prize, and these judges are asked to select five books as finalists for the award, making this the largest peer-juried award in the country. Both the eventual winner of the award and all finalists are invited to Washington, DC for the PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony and Dinner.

Join us in paying tribute to our 2020 winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, Chloe Aridjis (Sea Monsters), as well as our four finalists: Yiyun Li (Where Reasons End); Peter Rock (The Night Swimmers); Maurice Carlos Ruffin (We Cast a Shadow); and Ocean Vuong (On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous). Learn more.