The Awards

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. Learn more

THE PEN/MALAMUD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE SHORT STORY

The PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story was established by Bernard Malamud’s family to honor excellence in the art of short fiction. The basis of the award fund was a gift from the Malamud family. The fund continues to grow through the generosity of PEN/Faulkner’s friends and supporters. The readings and the fund are administered by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. A panel of PEN/Faulkner directors forms the selection committee for the awards. Learn more