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


Sinéad Morrissey , 2007, Poetry, Fellowship
Jeremy Scahill , 2007, Nonfiction, Fellowship
Anne Stevenson , 2007, Lifetime, Award
Susan Straight , 2007, Fiction, Award
Kathryn Davis , 2006, Fiction, Award
Tim Flannery , 2006, Nonfiction, Award
Chris Hedges , 2006, Nonfiction, Fellowship
Elizabeth Kolbert , 2006, Nonfiction, Fellowship
Charles C. Mann , 2006, Nonfiction, Fellowship
Peter Orner , 2006, Fiction, Fellowship
Brian Turner , 2006, Poetry, Fellowship
Bruce Weigl , 2006, Poetry, Award
Nadeem Aslam , 2005, Fiction, Fellowship
Andrew Bacevich , 2005, Notable Book Awards, Award
Judy Budnitz , 2005, Fiction, Fellowship
David G. Campbell , 2005, Nonfiction, Award
Adam Hochschild , 2005, Nonfiction, Award
Freeman House , 2005, Nonfiction, Fellowship
Pattiann Rogers , 2005, Poetry, Award
Gilbert Sorrentino , 2005, Lifetime, Award
Frank X Walker , 2005, Poetry, Fellowship
Edwidge Danticat , 2004, Fiction, Fellowship
Rikki Ducornet , 2004, Fiction, Award
Thomas Frank , 2004, Nonfiction, Fellowship
Mavis Gallant , 2004, Fiction, Fellowship