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 currently accepting submissions for the 2016 Saroyan Prize for books published in 2014 and 2015. The deadline for entries is January 29, 2016. Please see our FAQ page for complete details.

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Kiese Laymon, 2014 fiction winner
Margalit Fox, 2014 Nonfiction winner

2014 winners

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Long Division
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Riddle of the Labyrinth
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2014 finalists

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A Marker to Measure Drift
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The Boys in the Boat
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