Lannan Literary Awards

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The Lannan Literary Awards are a series of awards and literary fellowships given out in various fields by the Lannan Foundation. Established in 1989, the awards are meant "to honor both established and emerging writers whose work is of exceptional quality", according to the foundation.[1] The foundation's awards are lucrative relative to most awards in literature: the 2006 awards for poetry, fiction and nonfiction each came with $150,000 making them some of the richest literary prizes in the world.

The awards reflect the philosophy governing the Lannan Foundation, a family foundation established by J. Patrick Lannan, Sr. in 1960,[2] that describes itself as "dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity and creativity through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, as well as inspired Native activists in rural indigenous communities."[3]

Awards have gone both to acclaimed and varied literary figures such as David Foster Wallace, William Gaddis, Lydia Davis, William H. Gass, Steve Erickson and W.S. Merwin, and also to those known as much for their public intellectual activities as for their literary talents, such as Barbara Ehrenreich and Edward Said. The foundation also gives out a "Cultural Freedom Prize" for the stated purpose of recognizing "people whose extraordinary and courageous work celebrates the human right to freedom of imagination, inquiry, and expression."[4] Prize winners include Robert Fisk, Eduardo Galeano, Claudia Andujar (pt), Mahmoud Darwish, Arundhati Roy, Helen Caldicott and Cornel West.

The foundation does not accept applications for awards or fellowships. Candidates are suggested anonymously "by a network of writers, literary scholars, publishers, and editors", with the foundation's literary committee making the final determination.[1]

Lannan Literary Award for Poetry[edit]

Lannan Literary Award for Fiction[edit]

Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction[edit]

Lannan Literary Award for An Especially Notable Book[edit]

Lannan Literary Fellowship[edit]

Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "Awards and Fellowships - Lannan Foundation". Lannan Foundation. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ "History - Lannan Foundation". Lannan Foundation. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Welcome - Lannan Foundation". Lannan Foundation. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ [1] Lannan Foundation Web site, Web page titled "Cultural Freedom Prize", accessed November 8, 2006
  5. ^ "Mitchell S. Jackson". Lannan Foundation. Retrieved 15 August 2016. 

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