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


Kevin Barry , 2016, Current, Fiction, Award
Don Mee Choi , 2016, Current, Poetry, Fellowship
Tyehimba Jess , 2016, Current, Poetry, Award
John Keene , 2016, Current, Fiction, Award
Craig Santos Perez , 2016, Current, Poetry, Fellowship
Solmaz Sharif , 2016, Current, Poetry, Fellowship
Ocean Vuong , 2016, Current, Poetry, Fellowship
Sara Baume , 2015, Current, Fiction, Fellowship
A. Van Jordan , 2015, Current, Poetry, Award
Philip Metres , 2015, Current, Poetry, Fellowship
Mark Nowak , 2015, Current, Poetry, Fellowship
Layli Long Soldier , 2015, Current, Poetry, Fellowship
Steve Erickson , 2014, Lifetime, Award
Mitchell S. Jackson , 2014, Fiction, Fellowship
Adrian Matejka , 2014, Poetry, Fellowship
Jamaal May , 2014, Poetry, Fellowship
Jill McDonough , 2014, Poetry, Fellowship
Claudia Rankine , 2014, Poetry, Award
Joseph Stroud , 2014, Lifetime, Award
Andrew N. Rubin , 2013, Nonfiction, Fellowship
Natalie Diaz , 2012, Poetry, Fellowship
Kate Moses , 2012, Fiction, Fellowship
Dennis O'Driscoll , 2012, Poetry, Award
Sherwin Bitsui , 2011, Poetry, Fellowship
Atsuro Riley , 2011, Poetry, Fellowship