The PEN/Faulkner Award celebrates the best published works of fiction by American citizens. It is the largest peer-juried award in the country, with three writers being selected by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to act as jurors. Patricia Engel, Ru Freeman, and Porochista Khakpour made up this year’s panel. They have selected the following five finalists. Congratulations to all!
Chloe Aridjis, Sea Monsters
Yiyun Li, Where Reasons End
Peter Rock, The Night Swimmers
Maurice Carlos Ruffin, We Cast a Shadow
Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
The 40th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony will be held on May 4th at the Willard Hotel in Washington D.C.