PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction
2018 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction
For a debut novel or book of short stories published in 2017 by an American author who has not previously published a full-length book of fiction. In addition to a $25,000 prize, the winner receives a one-week residency and honorarium from the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series at the University of Idaho’s MFA Creative Writing Program. All competition honorees receive Residency Fellowships at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, a retreat for artists and writers.
The award is funded by the Hemingway Family, Hemingway Foundation and Society, and PEN America.
Submissions for the 2018 awards will be accepted from October 4, 2017 through December 1, 2017. For eligibility requirements and to apply for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, visit pen.org.
2017 PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD
Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing
Bill Beverly, Dodgers (Crown)
Leopoldine Core, When Watched (Penguin Books)
Callan Wink, Dog Run Moon (Dial Press)
Melissa Yancy, Dog Years (University of Pittsburgh Press)
The PEN/Hemingway Award was founded in 1976 by Mary Hemingway, the wife of Ernest Hemingway, to honor his legacy. Notable PEN/Hemingway winners and honorees include Marilynne Robinson, Edward P. Jones, Jhumpa Lahiri, Colson Whitehead, Lily King, Jennifer Haigh, ZZ Packer, George Saunders, Ha Jin, Sherman Alexie, Junot Díaz, Yiyun Li, Ben Fountain, Joshua Ferris, and Teju Cole—a forty-year lineage of literary excellence. For a full list of honorees, click here.