PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is awarded annually by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to the authors of the year's best works of fiction by living American citizens. The winner receives US $15,000 and each of four runners-up receives US $5000. Finalists read from their works at the presentation ceremony in the Great Hall of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.. The organization claims it to be "the largest peer-juried award in the country." The award was first given in 1981.
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is an outgrowth of William Faulkner's generosity in using his 1949 Nobel Prize winnings to create the William Faulkner Foundation; among the charitable goals of the foundation was "to establish a fund to support and encourage new fiction writers." The foundation's first award for a "notable first novel," called the William Faulkner Foundation Award, was granted to John Knowles's A Separate Peace in 1961. The foundation was dissolved after 1970.
Mary Lee Settle was one of the founders of the PEN/Faulkner award after controversy at the 1979 National Book Award, when PEN voted a boycott on the ground that they were too commercial. It is affiliated with the writers' organization International PEN.
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
- 1981 - Walter Abish, How German Is It
- 1982 - David Bradley, The Chaneysville Incident
- 1983 - Toby Olson, Seaview
- 1984 - John Edgar Wideman, Sent for You Yesterday
- 1985 - Tobias Wolff, The Barracks Thief
- 1986 - Peter Taylor, The Old Forest and Other Stories
- 1987 - Richard Wiley, Soldiers in Hiding
- 1988 - T. Coraghessan Boyle, World's End
- 1989 - James Salter, Dusk and Other Stories
- 1990 - E.L. Doctorow, Billy Bathgate
- 1991 - John Edgar Wideman, Philadelphia Fire
- 1992 - Don DeLillo, Mao II
- 1993 - E. Annie Proulx, Postcards
- 1994 - Philip Roth, Operation Shylock
- 1995 - David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars
- 1996 - Richard Ford, Independence Day
- 1997 - Gina Berriault, Women in Their Beds
- 1998 - Rafi Zabor, The Bear Comes Home
- 1999 - Michael Cunningham, The Hours
- 2000 - Ha Jin, Waiting
- 2001 - Philip Roth, The Human Stain
- 2002 - Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
- 2003 - Sabina Murray, The Caprices
- 2004 - John Updike, The Early Stories: 1953–1975
- 2005 - Ha Jin, War Trash
- 2006 - E.L. Doctorow, The March
- 2007 - Philip Roth, Everyman
- 2008 - Kate Christensen, The Great Man
- 2009 - Joseph O'Neill, Netherland
- 2010 - Sherman Alexie, War Dances
- 2011 - Deborah Eisenberg, The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg
- 2012 - Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic
- 2013 - Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club
- 2014 - Karen Joy Fowler, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
- 2015 - Atticus Lish, Preparation for the Next Life
- "Award for Fiction". PEN/Faulkner Foundation. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Albin Krebs and Robert Thomas (April 18, 1981). "Notes on People; New York Writer Getting PEN/Faulkner Award". New York Times. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
- Matt Schudel (September 29, 2005). "Novelist Mary Lee Settle; Founded PEN/Faulkner Award". Washington Post.
- "Past Winners and Finalists," last modified 2015, http://www.penfaulkner.org/award-for-fiction/past-award-winners-finalists/
- Ron Charles (April 7, 2015). "Atticus Lish wins PEN/Faulkner Award". Washington Post. Retrieved April 7, 2015.