The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is a nonprofit literary organization that promotes a lifelong love of reading and a connection to writing through public events, in-school education, and public promotion of exceptional literary achievement. On Tuesday, they announced the finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, one of the highest honors available to American fiction writers.
The largest peer-reviewed literary prize in the country, the PEN/Faulkner Award is a national prize which 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 (from among the more than 350 works submitted each year) as finalists for the award.
This year’s finalists are:
- Song of the Shank by Jeffery Renard Allen
- Prayers for the Stolen by Jennifer Clement
- Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus Lish
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
The winner will be announced on May 2 at a ceremony held in Washington, DC.
Congratulations to all the nominees!