William Saroyan International Prize for Writing


The Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation jointly award the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, a biennial competition for newly-published books.


The prize commemorates the life, legacy and intentions of William Saroyan - author, artist, dramatist, composer - and is intended to encourage new or emerging writers, rather than to recognize established literary figures.

We are thrilled to announce the winners and finalists of the
2014 Saroyan Prize:

In the fiction category –
Winner: Long Division by Kiese Laymon
Finalists: The Facades by Eric Lundgren and
              A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik

In the nonfiction category –
Winner: The Riddle of the Labyrinth by Margalit Fox
Finalist: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Read more about the announcement here.

Funding sponsored in part by Stanford Associates.

2014 winners

Long Division
Green Library » Stacks » PS3612 .A959 L66 2013
Riddle of the Labyrinth
First edition.
Law Library (Crown) » Basement » P1038 .F69 2013

2014 finalists

First edition.
Green Library » HAS Fiction (Lane Room) » PS3612 .U538 F33 2013
A Marker to Measure Drift
1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013.
Green Library » Stacks » PS3613 .A37 M37 2013