Literary Awards by Year

The Lannan Literary Awards and Fellowships were established in 1989 to honor both established and emerging writers whose work is of exceptional quality.  Over the last 20 years, Lannan Foundation, through its Awards and Fellowships program, has awarded 173 writers and poets more than $13 million. The awards recognize writers who have made significant contributions to English-language literature.  The fellowships recognize writers of distinctive literary merit who demonstrate potential for continued outstanding work.

Candidates for the awards and fellowships are recommended to the Foundation by a network of writers, literary scholars, publishers, and editors.  Nominators are geographically dispersed and serve anonymously. The final determination of recipients is made by the Foundation’s literary committee.

Literary Awards by Year


Novuyo Rosa Tshuma , 2020, Current, Fiction, Fellowship
Carolyn Forché , 2020, Current, Poetry, Award
Hanif Abdurraqib , 2020, Current, Poetry, Fellowship
Rigoberto González , 2020, Current, Poetry, Fellowship
Isabella Hammad , 2020, Current, Fiction, Fellowship
Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai , 2020, Current, Fiction, Fellowship
Nick Estes , 2019, Nonfiction, Fellowship
Caitriona Lally , 2019, Fiction, Fellowship
Wayétu Moore , 2019, Fiction, Fellowship
Evie Shockley , 2019, Poetry, Award
Doireann Ní Ghríofa , 2018, Poetry, Fellowship
Jacob Shores-Argüello , 2018, Poetry, Fellowship
Claire Vaye Watkins , 2018, Fiction, Fellowship
John Edgar Wideman , 2018, Lifetime Achievement, Award
Rickey Laurentiis , 2017, Poetry, Fellowship
Shane McCrae , 2017, Poetry, Award
Natalie Scenters-Zapico , 2017, Poetry, Fellowship
Roy Scranton , 2017, Fiction, Fellowship
Mai Der Vang , 2017, Poetry, Fellowship
Javier Zamora , 2017, Poetry, Fellowship
Kevin Barry , 2016, Fiction, Award
Don Mee Choi , 2016, Poetry, Fellowship
Tyehimba Jess , 2016, Poetry, Award
John Keene , 2016, Fiction, Award
Craig Santos Perez , 2016, Poetry, Fellowship