PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

PENF-150x150The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.

*Shirley has read it. DNF: Shirley did not finish it.  Links are to author websites


  • 2018 – Joan Silber, Improvement
  • 2017 – Imbolo Mbue, Behold the Dreamers
  • 2016 – James Hannaham, Delicious Foods
  • 2015 – Atticus Lish, Preparation for the Next Life
  • 2014 – Karen Joy Fowler We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves*
  • 2013 – Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club
  • 2012 – Julie Otsuka, The Buddha in the Attic
  • 2011 – Deborah Eisenberg, The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg
  • 2010 – Sherman Alexie, War Dances
  • 2009 – Joseph O’Neill, Netherland
  • 2008 – Kate Christensen, The Great Man
  • 2007 – Philip Roth, Everyman
  • 2006 – E.L. Doctorow, The March
  • 2005 – Ha Jin, War Trash
  • 2004 – John Updike, The Early Stories 1953–1975
  • 2003 – Sabina Murray, The Caprices
  • 2002 – Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
  • 2001 – Philip Roth, The Human Stain
  • 2000 – Ha Jin, Waiting
  • 1999 – Michael Cunningham, The Hours
  • 1998 – Rafi Zabor, The Bear Comes Home
  • 1997 – Gina Berriault, Women in their Beds
  • 1996 – Richard Ford, Independence Day
  • 1995 – David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars
  • 1994 – Philip Roth, Operation Shylock
  • 1993 – E. Annie Proulx, Postcards
  • 1992 – Don DeLillo, Mao II
  • 1991 – John Edgar Wideman, Philadelphia Fire
  • 1990 – E.L. Doctorow, Billy Bathgate
  • 1989 – James Salter, Dusk
  • 1988 – T. Coraghessan Boyle, World’s End
  • 1987 – Richard Wiley, Soldiers in Hiding
  • 1986 – Peter Taylor, The Old Forest and Other Stories
  • 1985 – Tobias Wolff, The Barracks Thief
  • 1984 – John Edgar Wideman, Sent for You Yesterday
  • 1983 – Toby Olson, Seaview
  • 1982 – David Bradley, The Chaneysville Incident
  • 1981 – Walter Abish, How German Is It?