William Saroyan International Prize for Writing


The Stanford 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.

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2020 Saroyan Prize (for books published in 2018 and 2019). The deadline for entries is January 31, 2020. Please read our FAQ page for complete information about eligibility requirements.

2018 winners

In the Distance
Green Library » Stacks » PS3604 .I17 I5 2017
On Trails
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Green Library » Stacks » GV199.5 .M66 2016

2018 finalists

The Traders
Green Library » Stacks » PS3602 .R72286 T73 2017
Lucky Boy
First G.P. Putnam's Sons trade paperback edition.
Green Library » Stacks » PS3619 .E45 L83 2017
Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here
Green Library » Stacks » F534 .D46 P35 2016
Nonfiction finalist
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