This year’s award goes to Carol Lynch Williams, author of the forthcoming A Glimpse Is All I Can Stand, for which she is receiving the award.

The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, established in 2001, provides a writer with a measure of financial sustenance in order to make possible an extended period of time to complete a book-length work-in-progress, and to assist a writer at a crucial moment in his or her career when monetary support is particularly needed. The fellowship is supported by an endowment fund established by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

2009 Judges

Lucy Frank, Patricia Reilly Giff, and Ann Martin

From the Judges’ Citation

“Who could resist the rich language and beautiful images Carol Lynch Williams has given us in her young adult novel A Glimpse Is All I Can Stand? This tender work begins with “…a sort of flat place to sit…a place in the sky with light leaking through leaves, dripping onto us.” This poetic glimpse into the lives of two sisters is engaging and powerfully told, and we look forward to seeing more from this outstanding author.”

Past Winners

Graham McNamee, Lori Aurelia Williams, Franny Billingsley, Amanda Jenkins, and Barbara Shoup