The 40th Anniversary PEN/Faulkner Award Celebration

Join us in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and paying tribute to this year’s distinguished books and authors.

Our video tribute features our 2020 PEN/Faulkner Award winner, finalists, and judges celebrating the full depth and diversity of an amazing year in fiction.

With appearances by authors Chloe Aridjis (Sea Monsters), 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); authors and judges Patricia Engel, Ru Freeman, and Porochista Khakpour; author and PEN/Faulkner Awards Committee Chair Louis Bayard; and PEN/Faulkner Executive Director Gwydion Suilebhan.

We want to thank everyone who has stood by us under difficult circumstances. At a time when we’re all having to maintain our distance, literature can still bring us together. By supporting PEN/Faulkner, you can ensure that we keep living up to that ideal.

Your support will advance our mission to celebrate literature and foster connections between readers and writers to enrich and inspire both individuals and communities. You can help provide critical resources for our initiatives, including:

  • Our Education Programs. We inspire the next generation of readers and writers by providing free books and author visits to thousands of public and public charter school students in schools throughout all eight wards of DC.
  • Our Literary Conversations. We bring dozens of writers to DC to inspire cross-cultural civic discourse about vital contemporary issues with members of the community.
  • Our Literary Awards. With the annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the largest annual peer-juried literary prize in America, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, we recognize significant achievements by leading American writers.

You can make a tremendous difference for PEN/Faulkner right now. Any amount you can contribute will definitely help. This is a difficult moment for non-profit organizations everywhere, and we thank you so much for your support.