Bringing together writers and readers to promote a love of literature.
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation exists to confer an annual national prize for the best work of fiction by an American author; to bring excellent literary programs to the citizens of the Washington metropolitan area; and to extend its programs to young people at a time when they are forming their literary tastes and contemplating future vocations. PEN/Faulkner accomplishes these goals by choosing three noted writers of fiction each year to select the winner and four runners-up of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction; by presenting a series of readings by emerging and acclaimed writers of fiction at the Folger Shakespeare Library and other venues; and by sponsoring the Writers in Schools program.
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation is committed to building audiences for exceptional literature and bringing writers together with their readers. This mission is accomplished through a reading series throughout Washington, D.C. by distinguished writers who have won the respect of readers and writers alike; the PEN/Faulkner Award; the PEN/Malamud Award, honoring excellence in the short story; and the Writers in Schools program, which brings nationally and internationally acclaimed authors to public and public charter high school classrooms as well as to book groups of teen parents and incarcerated youth in Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD. Beginning in 2016, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the Eudora Welty Foundation began cosponsoring the annual Eudora Welty Lecture, which will bring the English language’s greatest writers to speak in Washington, D.C. For more information visit penfaulkner.org.
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction, the PEN/Faulkner Reading Series, Writers in Schools program.