PEN/Faulkner Award

Founded by writers in 1980, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation brings together American writers and readers in a wide variety of programs to promote a love of literature.  The foundation is named for William Faulkner, who used his Nobel Prize funds to create an award for young writers, and PEN, the international writers’ organization. 
The winner receives US $15,000 and each of four runners-up receives… (more)

 

2018 selection

Improvement

PEN/Faulkner Award 2018, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction 2017

by Joan Silber

The splendid new novel by the critically acclaimed author of Fools and Ideas of Heaven, a Finalist for the National Book Award

One of our most gifted writers of fiction returns with a bold and piercing novel...


2013 selection

Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club

PEN/Faulkner Award 2013

by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Sometimes the border is a mirror, sometimes an escape, and sometimes it’s just the bridge you cross to go home.


2011 selection

The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg

PEN/Faulkner Award 2011

by Deborah Eisenberg

Twenty-seven short stories by "a contemporary master" (The New York Times).

Since 1986 with the publication of her first story collection, Deborah Eisenberg has devoted herself to writing "exquisitely distilled...


2002 selection

Bel Canto

PEN/Faulkner Award 2002, Women's Prize for Fiction 2002

by Ann Patchett

Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe.

New York Times Bestseller

Ann Patchett’s award winning, bestselling novel that balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters...


1999 selection

The Hours

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 1999, PEN/Faulkner Award 1999

by Michael Cunningham

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel becomes a motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, directed by Stephen Daldry from a screenplay by David Hare

The Hours tells the story of three...


1985 selection

The Barracks Thief

PEN/Faulkner Award 1985

by Tobias Wolff

The Barracks Thief is the story of three young paratroopers waiting to be shipped out to Vietnam. Brought together one sweltering afternoon to stand guard over an ammunition dump threatened by a forest fire,...


1983 selection

Seaview: A Novel

PEN/Faulkner Award 1983

by Toby Olson & Robert Coover

The action of Toby Olson’s PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel Seaview sweeps eastward, following three men and two women across a wasted American continent to an apocalyptic confrontation on Cape Cod. Melinda...