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 citizens 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.

Celebrating the winner as “first among equals,” the 40th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony will take place at The Willard Hotel in Washington, DC on Monday, May 4, 2020. The event will feature the judges’ citations for each finalist’s book, the conferral of the PEN/Faulkner Award, and a reading by each author. Learn more.