The PEN/Faulkner Foundation has just announced the longlist for their 2020 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the award, which “honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year,” PEN/Faulkner is releasing a longlist of ten titles instead of the usual five finalists. This year’s judges are Patricia Engle, Ru Freeman, and Porochista Khakpour.
The longlist will be narrowed to five finalists by next month, and the winner (who will receive a cool $15,000) will be announced in April.
Sea Monsters, Chloe Aridjis (Catapult)
Patsy, Nicole Dennis-Benn (Liveright)
Sing to It: New Stories, Amy Hempel (Scribner)
The Topeka School, Ben Lerner (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Where Reasons End, by Yiyun Li (Random House)
The Night Swimmers, Peter Rock (Soho Press)
We Cast a Shadow, Maurice Carlos Ruffin (One World)
A People’s History of Heaven, Mathangi Subramanian (Algonquin Books)
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong (Penguin Press)
The Bird King, G. Willow Wilson (Grove Press)