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.

Congratulations to the authors shortlisted for the 2016 Saroyan Prize. The winners and finalists will be announced in late summer.

2016 winners

Riddle of the Labyrinth
First edition.
Law Library (Crown) » Basement » P1038 .F69 2013

Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe

Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Maybe / Lori Jakiela
Atticus Books, 2015.


Nonfiction winner
Read about Jakiela and her book

2016 finalists

First edition.
Green Library » Stacks » PS3612 .U538 F33 2013
A Marker to Measure Drift
1st ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2013.
Green Library » Stacks » PS3613 .A37 M37 2013
Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War
Green Library » Stacks » D767.25 .N3 S68 2015