The PEN/Malamud Award

for Excellence in the Short Story

Awarded annually to writers who have demonstrated exceptional achievement, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story is one of the nation’s most significant literary prizes for the short story form. The fund for the award, established by a generous gift from Bernard Malamud’s family, continues to grow through the generosity of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s supporters.

AN ANNUAL TRADITION

The PEN/Malamud Award Ceremony

This rich annual literary event features a presentation by the winning author, a tribute from the Malamud family, and an in-depth conversation between the winner and another notable PEN/Faulkner author.

Charles Baxter will be honored at the annual PEN/Malamud Award Ceremony, held in partnership with American University, on Friday, December 3, 2021. Ticket information for the ceremony, which will be open to the public, will be available this fall. ASL interpretation will be provided.

HISTORY OF THE AWARD

About Bernard Malamud

During his 37-year writing career, Bernard Malamud received the National Book Award (twice), the Pulitzer Prize, and the Gold Medal for lifetime achievement from the National Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His published works include The Natural, The Magic Barrel, The Fixer, and The Stories of Bernard Malamud.

"I like packaging a self or two in a few pages, predicting lifetimes.

The drama is terse, happens faster, and is often outlandish. A short story is a way of indicating the complexity of life in a few pages, producing the surprise and effect of a profound knowledge in a short time.”

– Bernard Malamud (1914-1986)

"I love the pleasures of the short story.

One of them is the fast payoff. Whatever happens happens quickly…. Before you know it, you’ve collected two or three strangers swearing eternal love and friendship before they begin making demands that divide and multiply.”

– Bernard Malamud (1914-1986)

"Art celebrates life and gives it our measure."

 

– Bernard Malamud (1914-1986)

The Selection Process

The PEN/Malamud Award winner is selected by members of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation’s Board of Directors, who rely on their own intimate knowledge of the field and the recommendations of a small Advisory Board of literary leaders. 

OUR ADVISORY BOARD

Richard Bausch
Peter Ho Davies
Stuart Dybek

Deborah Eisenberg
Nell Freudenberger

Amina Gautier

Edward P. Jones

Lorrie Moore
Joan Silber
John Edgar Wideman

Nell Freudenberger
John Edgar Wideman
Joan Silber
Amina Gautier
Edward P. Jones
Peter Ho Davies
Lorrie Moore
Deborah Eisenberg
Richard Bausch
Stuart Dybek

Past Winners

Lydia Davis, 2020

John Edgar Wideman, 2019

Amina Gautier and Joan Silber, 2018

Jhumpa Lahiri, 2017

Joy Williams, 2016

Deborah Eisenberg, 2015

George Saunders, 2013

James Salter, 2012

Edith Pearlman, 2011

Nam Le and Edward P. Jones, 2010

Alistair MacLeod and Amy Hempel, 2009

Cynthia Ozick and Peter Ho Davies, 2008

Elizabeth Spencer, 2007

Adam Haslett and Tobias Wolff, 2006

Lorrie Moore, 2005

Richard Bausch and Nell Freudenberger, 2004

Barry Hannah and Maile Meloy, 2003

Junot Diaz and Ursula K. Le Guin, 2002

Sherman Alexie and Richard Ford, 2001

Ann Beattie and Nathan Englander, 2000

T. Coraghessan Boyle, 1999

John Barth, 1998

Alice Munro, 1997

Joyce Carol Oates, 1996

Stuart Dybek and William Maxwell, 1995

Grace Paley, 1994

Peter Taylor, 1993

Eudora Welty, 1992

Frederick Busch and Andre Dubus, 1991

George Garrett, 1990

Saul Bellow, 1989

John Updike, 1988

Lydia Davis, 2020

John Edgar Wideman, 2019

Amina Gautier and Joan Silber, 2018

Jhumpa Lahiri, 2017

Joy Williams, 2016

Deborah Eisenberg, 2015

George Saunders, 2013

James Salter, 2012

Edith Pearlman, 2011

Nam Le and Edward P. Jones, 2010

Alistair MacLeod and Amy Hempel, 2009

Cynthia Ozick and Peter Ho Davies, 2008

Elizabeth Spencer, 2007

Adam Haslett and Tobias Wolff, 2006

Lorrie Moore, 2005

Richard Bausch and Nell Freudenberger, 2004

Barry Hannah and Maile Meloy, 2003

Junot Diaz and Ursula K. Le Guin, 2002

Sherman Alexie and Richard Ford, 2001

Ann Beattie and Nathan Englander, 2000

T. Coraghessan Boyle, 1999

John Barth, 1998

Alice Munro, 1997

Joyce Carol Oates, 1996

Stuart Dybek and William Maxwell, 1995

Grace Paley, 1994

Peter Taylor, 1993

Eudora Welty, 1992

Frederick Busch and Andre Dubus, 1991

George Garrett, 1990

Saul Bellow, 1989

John Updike, 1988

2021 PEN/Faulkner Award Celebration

The 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award Celebration was held on May 10, 2021, and honored this year's distinguished books and authors. This exquisite literary evening featured original readings by our...

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