Ben Fountain (b. Chapel Hill, North Carolina) is an American fiction writer currently living in Dallas, Texas. He has won many awards including a PEN/Hemingway award for Brief Encounters with Che Guevara: Stories and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for his debut novel Billy Lynn's Long Half-Time Walk.
Fountain earned a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1980, and a law degree from the Duke University School of Law in 1983. After a brief stint practicing real estate law at Akin Gump in Dallas, Fountain in 1988 quit the law to become a full-time fiction writer.
He is the author of Brief Encounters With Che Guevara, a collection of short stories. He has won numerous awards and inclusion of his work in New Stories from the South: The Year's Best (2006). 
Fountain's latest novel, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, was released in early May 2012. The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire, Simon Beaufoy, is adapting the novel into a screenplay, a new Film4 project in collaboration with The Ink Factory, a U.S. production company. As yet, no director is attached.
Awards and honors
- 2002 Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Award
- 2004 Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Award
- 2005 Texas Institute of Letters Short Story Award 
- 2004 Pushcart Prize
- 2005 O. Henry Award 
- 2006 Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction 
- 2007 O. Henry Award
- 2007 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for Brief Encounters with Che Guevara
- 2007 Whiting Writers Award
- 2012 National Book Award (fiction), finalist, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
- 2012 Specsavers National Book Awards International Author of the Year shortlist for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
- 2012 Good Reads Choice Awards 2012, Best Fiction finalist for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
- 2012 Flaherty-Dunnan Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
- 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award (fiction), Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
- 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize (fiction), Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
- 2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize (fiction), runner-up, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
- 2013 Chautauqua Prize, shortlist, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
- Brief Encounters With Che Guevara
- Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
- "Ben Fountain," Barnes & Noble biography
- http://www.gladwell.com/2008/2008_10_20_a_latebloomers.html "Late Bloomers," Malcolm Gladwell, October 20, 2008
- "Ben Fountain interview". Texas Monthly. February 2008.
- "Ask the Author". D Magazine. February 2010.
- "Texas Institute of Letters Awards". Texas Institute of Letters. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
- Henderson, Bill, ed. (2004). The Pushcart Prize XXVIII: Best of the Small Presses, 2004 Edition. Pushcart Press.
- "The Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories: Past Winners List". Randomhouse.com. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
- "Ben Fountain: About the Author". HarperCollins. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
- Merschel, Michael (October 25, 2007). "Dallas Author Ben Fountain Wins Whiting Award". Dallas Morning News.
- "National Book Award Finalists Announced Today". Library Journal. October 10, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012.
- Meredith Moss (September 24, 2013). "2013 Dayton Literary Peace Prize winners announced". Dayton Daily News. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
- Ron Charles (May 15, 2013). "Timothy Egan wins Chautauqua Prize for "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher"". Washington Post. Retrieved September 26, 2013.