Uncategorized | March 19, 2004

Earlier this week, the nominees for the 2004 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction (described as America’s largest peer-juried fiction prize) were announced. The nominated authors and their books are Frederick Barthelme for Elroy Nights, ZZ Packer for Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, Caryl Phillips for A Distant Shore, John Updike for The Early Stories and Tobias Wolff for Old School.

The winner, who will be announced in April, will receive $15,000; the four finalists will receive $5000 each. The judges—Ron Carlson, Chitra Divakaruni and Elizabeth Strout—considered more than 350 novels and short story collections published in the U.S. during the 2003 calendar year from over 75 publishing houses, including small and academic presses.