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


Donald Justice , 1996, Poetry, Award
Linda Hogan , 1994, Poetry, Award
Seamus Heaney , 1990, Poetry, Award
Linda Gregg , 2003, Poetry, Fellowship
Jack Gilbert , 1994, Poetry, Award
Suzanne Gardinier , 1992, Poetry, Award
William Everson , 1993, Poetry, Fellowship
Alan Dugan , 2002, Poetry, Award
Carol Ann Duffy , 1995, Poetry, Award
Cid Corman , 1989, Poetry, Award
Jon Davis , 1998, Poetry, Award
James Galvin , 2002, Poetry, Fellowship
Chrystos , 1991, Poetry, Award
Thomas Centolella , 1992, Poetry, Award
William Bronk , 1991, Poetry, Award
Hayden Carruth , 1995, Poetry, Award
Eavan Boland , 1994, Poetry, Award
Frank Bidart , 1998, Poetry, Award
A. R. Ammons , 1992, Poetry, Award
Simon Armitage , 1994, Poetry, Award
Ann Cummins , 2002, Fiction, Fellowship
Lois-Ann Yamanaka , 1998, Fiction, Award
Stephen Wright , 1994, Fiction, Award
Larry Woiwode , 2002, Fiction, Fellowship
John Edgar Wideman , 1991, Fiction, Award