Named for William Faulkner (who used his Nobel Prize funds to create an award for young writers) and for PEN, the international writers organization, PEN/Faulkner brings writers and readers together to foster a literate, creative society. Perhaps best known for its fiction awards, it also hosts one of the most distinguished literary series in the country, presenting 20-30 new, emerging, and master authors every year. The newly-expanded Writers in Schools program brings nationally recognized authors into DC classrooms (and the DC jail) and provides free copies of their books to participating students and teachers. Its book groups for teen parents at Anacostia, Wilson, Cardozo, Dunbar, and Bell Multicultural high schools provides books, lunch, author visits, and book discussions on a bi-monthly basis. These visits are immediate, personal encounters between living writers and young people that spark a renewed interest in literature; students express astonishment that a "famous" writer has taken them seriously and inspired in them a desire to write. You can support this great program and help keep reading and writing alive.

Information coming soon

Awards & Recognition



  • Eat, Pray, Love -- and Talk to Fans
    Mon Mar 30 2009  
    On March 27, 2009, PEN/Faulkner hosted a joint reading with the National Cathedral entitled "Divine Sanity: Thoughts on Creative Life," with international bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert. Both the talk, and audience reactions, were incredibly moving.

Budget (FY2012)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for PEN/Faulkner Foundation is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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