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 2022 Saroyan Prize (for books published in 2020 and 2021). The deadline for entries is January 31, 2022. Please read our FAQ page for complete eligibility requirements.

2020 winners

Friday Black
Green Library » Stacks » PS3601 .D49 A6 2018
Homesick: A Memoir
First edition
Green Library » Stacks » P306.92 .C764 H65 2019

2020 finalists

The Hundred Wells of Salaga
Green Library » Stacks » PR9379.9 .A88 H86 2018
Some Trick
First edition.
Green Library » Stacks » PS3554 .E92945 A6 2018
How to Write an Autobiographical Novel
Green Library » Stacks » PS3603 .H44 Z46 2018
Nonfiction finalist
Read about Chee and his book
In the Dream House
Green Library » Stacks » PS3613 .A2725243 Z46 2019
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