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


Deborah Eisenberg , 2003, Fiction, Fellowship
Gish Jen , 1999, Fiction, Award
Stuart Dybek , 1998, Fiction, Award
Lucille Clifton , 1996, Poetry, Award
Denis Johnson , 1993, Fiction, Award
Sandra Cisneros , 1991, Fiction, Award
Lydia Davis , 1998, Fiction, Award
John Berger , 1989, Fiction, Award
John Berger , 2002, Lifetime, Award
Louis de Bernières , 1995, Fiction, Award
Robert Coover , 2000, Fiction, Award
John Barth , 1998, Lifetime, Award
Anne Carson , 1996, Poetry, Award
Killarney Clary , 1992, Poetry, Award
Cyrus Cassells , 1993, Poetry, Award
Charles Bowden , 1996, Nonfiction, Award
J.M. Coetzee , 1998, Fiction, Award
Chris Abani , 2003, Fiction, Fellowship
Michael McGriff , 2010, Poetry, Fellowship