PEN/Hemingway Award

Given by PEN America

Other Names: PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award (Dutch)
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PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD

The late Mary Hemingway, a member of PEN, founded the award in 1976 both to honor the memory of her husband, Ernest Hemingway, and to recognize distinguished first books of show more fiction. The award is funded by the Hemingway Family, the Hemingway Foundation & Society, and PEN New England. Major support is also provided by Mary & Kurt Cerulli.

In addition to $20,000, the winner also receives a one-week residency in the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at the University of Idaho’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. All competition honorees receive Ucross Residency Fellowships at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, a retreat for artists and writers. A panel of three distinguished fiction writers selects the winner.
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Stages:
All, Winner (49), Finalist (2), Special Citation (2), Nominee (108)
Years:
All, 2023 (1), 2022 (1), 2021 (1), 2020 (1), Honorable Mention - 2019 (2), Finalist - 2019 (2), 2019 (1), 2018 (1), 2017 (2), Honorable Mention - 2017 (2), Finalist - 2017 (1), Honorable Mention - 2016 (2), Finalist - 2016 (2), 2016 (1), 2015 (1), Honorable Mention - 2015 (2), Finalist - 2015 (2), 2014 (1), Honorable Mention - 2014 (3), Finalist - 2014 (2), 2013 (2), Finalist - 2013 (2), Honorable Mention - 2013 (1), Finalist - 2012 (2), Honorable Mention - 2012 (1), 2012 (2), Honorable Mention - 2011 (2), 2011 (1), Finalist - 2011 (2), 2010 (1), Finalist - 2010 (2), Honorable Mention - 2010 (2), Finalist - 2009 (2), 2009 (1), Honorable Mention - 2009 (2), Honorable Mention - 2008 (2), 2008 (1), Finalist - 2008 (2), Finalist - 2007 (2), Honorable Mention - 2007 (1), 2007 (2), Honorable Mention - 2006 (2), Finalist - 2006 (2), 2006 (1), Finalist - 2005 (2), Honorable Mention - 2005 (2), 2005 (1), 2004 (1), Honorable Mention - 2004 (2), Finalist - 2004 (2), Finalist - 2003 (2), Honorable Mention - 2003 (2), 2003 (1), Honorable Mention - 2002 (2), Finalist - 2002 (2), 2002 (2), 2001 (2), Finalist - 2001 (1), Honorable Mention - 2001 (2), 2000 (1), Runner Up - 2000 (2), Alternate - 2000 (2), 1999 (1), Finalist - 1999 (2), Alternate - 1999 (2), Finalist - 1998 (2), Alternate - 1998 (2), 1998 (1), Finalist - 1997 (2), 1997 (1), Alternate - 1997 (2), Alternate - 1996 (2), Finalist - 1996 (2), 1996 (1), 1995 (1), Finalist - 1995 (2), 1994 (1), Finalist - 1994 (1), Special Citation - 1994 (2), 1993 (1), 1992 (1), 1991 (1), 1990 (1), Special Citation - 1989 (1), 1989 (1), 1988 (2), 1987 (1), Special Citation - 1987 (1), Special Citation - 1986 (1), 1986 (1), Special Citation - 1985 (2), 1985 (1), 1984 (1), 1983 (1), 1982 (1), 1981 (1), Special Citation - 1981 (1), 1980 (1), 1979 (1), 1978 (1), Runner Up - 1978 (3), 1977 (1), 1976 (1)

Winner 49

WorkYear
Calling for a Blanket Dance by Oscar Hokeah2023
Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters2022
Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn2021
A Prayer for Travelers by Ruchika Tomar2020
There There by Tommy Orange2019
Chemistry by Weike Wang2018
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi2017
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh2016
Elegy on Kinderklavier by Arna Bontemps Hemenway2015
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo2014
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers2013
Open City by Teju Cole2012
The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse2011
A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka2010
A Gentleman's Guide to Graceful Living: A Novel by Michael Dahlie2009
Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris2008
Brief Encounters With Che Guevara: Stories by Ben Fountain2007
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories by Yiyun Li2006
Graceland by Chris Abani2005
Mrs Kimble by Jennifer Haigh2004
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Apt. 3W: Fiction by Gabriel Brownstein2003
Mary and O'Neil by Justin Cronin2002
Mary and O'Neil by Justin Cronin2002
An Obedient Father by Akhil Sharma2001
Interpreter of Maladies: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri2000
Homestead by Rosina Lippi1999
A Private State (Awp Award for Short Fiction) by Charlotte Bacon1998
Ocean of Words: Army Stories by Ha Jin1997
Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee1996
The Grass Dancer by Susan Power1995
The Magic of Blood by Dagoberto Gilb1994
Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones1993
Wartime Lies by Louis Begley1992
Maps to Anywhere by Bernard Cooper1991
The Ice at the Bottom of the World: Stories by Mark Richard1990
The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton1989
Imagining Argentina by Lawrence Thornton1988
Tongues of flame by Mary Ward Brown1987
Lady's Time by Alan V. Hewat1986
Dreams of Sleep by Josephine Humphreys1985
During the Reign of the Queen of Persia by Joan Chase1984
Shiloh and Other Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason1983
Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson1982
Household Words: A Novel by Joan Silber1981
Mom Kills Kids And Self by Alan Saperstein1980
Hasen : a novel by Reuben Bercovitch1979
A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O'Brien1978
Speedboat by Renata Adler1977
Parthian Shot by Loyd Little1976

Finalist 2

Special Citation 2

Nominee 108

WorkYear
Freshwater by Akwaeke EmeziFinalist - 2019
The Driest Season by Meghan KennyHonorable Mention - 2019
Severance by Ling MaFinalist - 2019
Cherry by Nico WalkerHonorable Mention - 2019
Dodgers by Bill Beverly2017
When Watched: Stories by Leopoldine CoreFinalist - 2017
Dog Run Moon: Stories by Callan WinkHonorable Mention - 2017
Dog Years (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize) by Melissa YancyHonorable Mention - 2017
Lifted by the Great Nothing by Karim DimechkieHonorable Mention - 2016
Black River by S. M. HulseFinalist - 2016
People Like You by Margaret MaloneFinalist - 2016
The Fishermen by Chigozie ObiomaHonorable Mention - 2016
Marine Park: Stories by Mark ChiusanoHonorable Mention - 2015
Man V. Nature: Stories by Diane CookHonorable Mention - 2015
For Today I Am a Boy by Kim FuFinalist - 2015
Preparation for the Next Life by Atticus LishFinalist - 2015
Damn Love by Jasmine Beach-FerraraHonorable Mention - 2014
The Residue Years by Mitchell S. JacksonFinalist - 2014
The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher JansmaHonorable Mention - 2014
The Peripatetic Coffin and Other Stories by Ethan RutherfordHonorable Mention - 2014
The Old Priest (Pitt Drue Heinz Lit Prize) by Anthony WallaceFinalist - 2014
Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung2013
A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer DuBoisFinalist - 2013
In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey RatnerFinalist - 2013
As It Is On Earth by Peter M. WheelwrightHonorable Mention - 2013
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach2012
Accidental Birds of the Carolinas by Marjorie HudsonHonorable Mention - 2012
The Submission by Amy WaldmanFinalist - 2012
We Are Taking Only What We Need: Stories by Stephanie Powell WattsFinalist - 2012
Vida by Patricia EngelFinalist - 2011
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle EvansHonorable Mention - 2011
Death Is Not an Option: Stories by Suzanne RiveccaFinalist - 2011
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen SimonsonHonorable Mention - 2011
The Walking People by Mary Beth KeaneHonorable Mention - 2010
All the Living by C. E. MorganFinalist - 2010
Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing: Stories (P.S.) by Lydia PeelleHonorable Mention - 2010
Cutting for Stone by Abraham VergheseFinalist - 2010
Alive in Necropolis by Doug DorstHonorable Mention - 2009
One More Year: Stories by Sana KrasikovFinalist - 2009
Personal Days by Ed ParkFinalist - 2009
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew QuickHonorable Mention - 2009
Twenty Grand: And Other Tales of Love and Money (P.S.) by Rebecca CurtisFinalist - 2008
Like Trees, Walking: A Novel by Ravi HowardFinalist - 2008
Migration Patterns: Stories by Gary L. SchanbacherHonorable Mention - 2008
The Pale of Settlement by Margot SingerHonorable Mention - 2008
Unconfessed by Yvette ChristiansëFinalist - 2007
Icebergs: A Novel by Rebecca JohnsFinalist - 2007
A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin2007
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha PesslHonorable Mention - 2007
War by Candlelight by Daniel AlarcónFinalist - 2006
Waterloo: A Novel by Karen OlssonHonorable Mention - 2006
The Train to Lo Wu by Jess RowHonorable Mention - 2006
The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space by Douglas TrevorFinalist - 2006
Madras on Rainy Days by Samina AliFinalist - 2005
Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You: Stories by Laurie Lynn DrummondFinalist - 2005
The Kiss of the Prison Dancer by Jerome RichardHonorable Mention - 2005
Animal Crackers by Hannah TintiHonorable Mention - 2005
Night Journey: A Novel by Murad KalamFinalist - 2004
The Interpreter by Suki KimHonorable Mention - 2004
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ PackerFinalist - 2004
The Bug by Ellen UllmanHonorable Mention - 2004
A Jeweler's Eye for Flaw: Stories by Christie HodgenFinalist - 2003
Dear Mr. President by Gabe HudsonFinalist - 2003
Arafat's Elephant: Stories by Jonathan TelHonorable Mention - 2003
A Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga: Stories by Julia WhittyHonorable Mention - 2003
The Bostons by Carolyn CookeHonorable Mention - 2002
Three Apples Fell From Heaven by Micheline Aharonian MarcomHonorable Mention - 2002
Esther Stories by Peter OrnerFinalist - 2002
The Death of Vishnu by Manil SuriFinalist - 2002
Bee Season by Myla GoldbergHonorable Mention - 2001
Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid2001
Scar Vegas: And Other Stories by Tom PaineFinalist - 2001
Use Me by Elissa SchappellHonorable Mention - 2001
For the Relief of Unbearable Urges: Stories by Nathan EnglanderRunner Up - 2000
The Pleasing Hour by Lily KingAlternate - 2000
The Intuitionist by Colson WhiteheadRunner Up - 2000
East Bay Grease by Eric Miles WilliamsonAlternate - 2000
The Coast of Good Intentions by Michael ByersFinalist - 1999
Hunger by Lan Samantha ChangAlternate - 1999
Kalimantaan by Christina GodshalkFinalist - 1999
Dogfight: And Other Stories by Michael KnightAlternate - 1999
The Secrets of a Fire King: Stories by Kim EdwardsAlternate - 1998
Pilgrims by Elizabeth GilbertFinalist - 1998
The Devil's Chimney by Anne LandsmanAlternate - 1998
Circumnavigation by Steve LattimoreFinalist - 1998
Drown by Junot DíazAlternate - 1997
I Never Came to You in White by Judith FarrAlternate - 1997
Memories of My Ghost Brother by Heinz Insu FenklFinalist - 1997
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George SaundersFinalist - 1997
The Point: And Other Stories by Charles D'AmbrosioFinalist - 1996
Yolk by Josip NovakovichAlternate - 1996
A Feather on the Breath of God by Sigrid NunezAlternate - 1996
The Body Is Water by Julie SchumacherFinalist - 1996
Winter Birds: A Novel by Jim GrimsleyFinalist - 1995
Stygo by Laura HendrieFinalist - 1995
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven [20th anniversary edition] by Sherman AlexieSpecial Citation - 1994
Family Night by Maria FlookSpecial Citation - 1994
Hello Down There: A Novel by Michael ParkerFinalist - 1994
Moustapha's Eclipse by Reginald McKnightSpecial Citation - 1989
Fatal Light by Richard Currey1988
One Way or Another by Peter CameronSpecial Citation - 1987
Break It Down by Lydia DavisSpecial Citation - 1986
The Tie That Binds by Kent HarufSpecial Citation - 1985
Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance by Richard PowersSpecial Citation - 1985
Childhood and Other Neighborhoods: Stories by Stuart DybekSpecial Citation - 1981
An American Romance by John CaseyRunner Up - 1978
Going Blind by Jonathan PennerRunner Up - 1978
Blood Relations: Stories by Roberta SilmanRunner Up - 1978

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