The 2014 nominees for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction were announced on Wednesday, March 5. The five nominees are At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón, Percival Everett by Virgil Russell by Percival Everett, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, Fools by Joan Silber, and Search Party: Stories of Rescue by Valerie Trueblood.
This year’s fiction judges are Madison Smartt Bell, Manuel Muñoz and Achy Obejas. The winner will be announced on April 2 and will receive $15,000 while the runners-up will each receive $5,000.
According to the New York Times, there is no overlap among the 15 books nominated for the PEN/Faulkner award, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. That is testament to the number of outstanding books being published these days.