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


Chrystos , 1991, Poetry, Award
Sandra Cisneros , 1991, Fiction, Award
Christopher Hitchens , 1991, Nonfiction, Award
Herbert Morris , 1991, Poetry, Fellowship
Pattiann Rogers , 1991, Poetry, Award
Alexander Theroux , 1991, Fiction, Award
John Edgar Wideman , 1991, Fiction, Award
Carolyn Forché , 1990, Poetry, Award
John Hawkes , 1990, Fiction, Award
Seamus Heaney , 1990, Poetry, Award
Barry Lopez , 1990, Nonfiction, Award
Derek Mahon , 1990, Poetry, Award
Peter Reading , 1990, Poetry, Award
John Berger , 1989, Fiction, Award
Wendell Berry , 1989, Nonfiction, Award
Kay Boyle , 1989, Lifetime, Award
Cid Corman , 1989, Poetry, Award
George Evans , 1989, Poetry, Award
Peter Levitt , 1989, Poetry, Award