We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin (One World) and The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (Grove) both appear on the 2020 Pen/Faulkner Longlist, this year with ten titles instead of five. The prize “honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.” This year’s judges are Patricia Engel, Ru Freeman, and Porochista Khakpour.
The list will be shortened to five finalists in March and winners will be announced in April. The winner will receive $15,000 and finalists will each receive $5,000. The winner will be honored at an award ceremony on May 4 at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington DC.
For more information, including the complete longlist, see the PEN/Faulkner website.