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 39th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony will take place at Arena Stage in Washington, DC on Saturday, May 4, 2019. 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. The winner of the 2019 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction will be announced on April 29, 2019. The finalists are Blanche McCrary Boyd for her novel Tomb of the Unknown Racist (Counterpoint Press), Richard Powers for The Overstory (W.W. Norton); Ivelisse Rodriguez for Love War Stories (Feminist Press New York); Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi for Call Me Zebra (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); and Willy Vlautin for Don’t Skip Out on Me (Harper Perennial).