Join the Celebration!

Join us for the 41st Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Celebration on May 10, 2021 as we honor this year’s distinguished books and authors. This exquisite event will feature presentations by our judges, original readings by our five finalists, a tribute to our inaugural PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion, LeVar Burton, and appearances by special guests Stephen King, Francine Prose, and more.

Our next Literary Conversation: CRISIS

This virtual event on April 19 features three novelists whose work is informed by the possibility of impending crisis, T.C. Boyle, Jenny Offill, and Nnedi Okorafor. See where they lead us – from familiar landscapes to dystopian extremes.

ANNOUNCING: The 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award Winner

We are excited to announce that Deesha Philyaw’s The Secret Lives of Church Ladies, published by West Virginia University Press, has been selected as the winner of the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction!

Our Awards

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation celebrates literature by giving out three major literary awards: the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and the PEN/Faulkner Literary Champion. Our goal in doing so is to honor major literary achievements and help readers discover the breadth and diversity of contemporary fiction.

Literary Conversations

PEN/Faulkner brings highly acclaimed established and emerging authors together into a shared space, inviting them to discuss urgent contemporary issues through the lens of their varied perspectives. By curating Literary Conversations, we turn the private, individual experience of reading into an enriching, inspiring experience for a larger community, one that engages in vital civil discourse.

Literary Conversations

PEN/Faulkner brings highly acclaimed established and emerging authors together into a shared space, inviting them to discuss urgent contemporary issues through the lens of their varied perspectives. By curating Literary Conversations, we turn the private, individual experience of reading into an enriching, inspiring experience for a larger community, one that engages in vital civil discourse.

Education Programs

PEN/Faulkner provides young people with dynamic literary experiences that combine culturally relevant book donations, writing instruction, and rich discussions with authors. Our education programs work in tandem to create spaces in which students in grades 3-12 from all across DC can engage with a diverse variety of perspectives.

We currently offer: Writers in Schools, Writing Workshops, Writers in Residence, Together We Read, Summer Writing Programs, and our Nuestras Voces initiative.

OUR MISSION

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation celebrates literature and fosters connections between readers and writers to enrich and inspire both individuals and communities.

Your Support Matters

Your support makes our programs possible. Please consider a contribution. Thank you.

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