Prizes are awarded annually at the Spring Revel by the Editorial Committee of the Board of The Paris Review.
The Paris Review Hadada Award
The Hadada Award is presented each year to “a distinguished member of the writing community who has made a strong and unique contribution to literature.” Previous recipients of the Hadada include John Ashbery, Joan Didion (shown above), Paula Fox, Norman Mailer, Peter Matthiessen, George Plimpton (posthumously), Barney Rosset, Philip Roth, Norman Rush, James Salter, Frederick Seidel, Robert Silvers, and William Styron.
The Plimpton Prize for Fiction
The Plimpton Prize for Fiction is an award of $10,000 given to a new voice published in The Paris Review. The prize is named for the Review’s longtime editor George Plimpton and reflects his commitment to discovering new writers of exceptional merit. Past recipients include April Ayers Lawson, Amie Barrodale, Jesse Ball, Emma Cline, Caitlin Horrocks, Atticus Lish, Alistair Morgan, Ottessa Moshfegh (shown above), and Benjamin Percy.
The Terry Southern Prize for Humor
The Paris Review recognizes humor, wit, and sprezzatura as important qualities of good writing. The Terry Southern Prize honors work appearing in the last year, either in the Paris Review or the Paris Review Daily, that best embodies those qualities. It is given in memory of our loyal contributor Terry Southern, known for his uproarious fiction and journalism and such screenplays as Dr. Strangelove and Easy Rider. Shown above: Mark Leyner accepting the Terry Southern Prize in 2015.