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Here are the finalists for this year’s PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

Katie Yee

March 3, 2020, 2:34pm

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!


sea monsters

Chloe Aridjis, Sea Monsters

where reasons end

Yiyun Li, Where Reasons End 
(Random House)

Peter Rock, The Night Swimmers
(Soho Press)

we cast a shadow

Maurice Carlos Ruffin, We Cast a Shadow
(One World)

Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press)

Ocean Vuong, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
(Penguin Press)


The 40th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony will be held on May 4th at the Willard Hotel in Washington D.C.

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