Mailer Prize – The Norman Mailer Center

Mailer Prize


The Mailer Prize

The Mailer Prize, the Center’s highest award, is given to writers whose work over the years has challenged readers’ perspectives on the world around them. The Mailer Prize recognizes those who embrace the values that drove Norman Mailer’s work: namely, writers who fully exercise their freedom of creativity; who apply themselves to the craft of writing with the rigor of an athlete; who wish to reach a broad audience through their work; and who thrive on dialogue and debate.

The Mailer Prize honors those who share the Center’s vision of writers as people of action, those who embody the Center’s mission to preserve the role of the engaged writer as not only a legitimate, but an indispensable voice in contemporary discourse.

2015 Mailer Prize recipients


Salman RushdieLifetime Achievement PrizePresented by Presented by Laurie Anderson

2014 Mailer Prize recipients


Don DeLilloMailer Prize for Lifetime AchievementPresented by Nan Graham
Katrina vanden HeuvelMailer Prize for Distinguished Magazine PublishingPresented by Walter Mosley
Billy CollinsMailer Prize for Distinguished PoetryPresented by David Ebershoff

2013 Mailer Prize recipients


Dr. Maya AngelouMailer Prize for Lifetime AcheivementPresented by Robert Loomis
Junot DiazMailer Prize for Distinguished WritingPresented by Samuel R. Delany

2012 Mailer Prize recipients


Joyce Carol OatesMailer Prize for Lifetime AchievementPresented by Daniel Halpern
Robert A. CaroMailer Prize for Distinguished BiographyPresented by Sir Harold Evans
Barnet Lee Rosset, Jr.Mailer Prize for Distinguished PublishingPresented by Charles McGrath

2011 Mailer Prize recipients


Elie WieselMailer Prize for Lifetime AchievementPresented by Mortimer Zuckerman
Arundhati RoyMailer Prize for Distinguished WritingPresented by Jonathan Demme
Gay TaleseMailer Prize for Distinguished JournalismPresented by Tina Brown
Keith RichardsMailer Prize for Distinguished BiographyPresented by President William J. Clinton

2010 Mailer Prize recipients


Orhan PamukMailer Prize for Lifetime AchievementPresented by Tina Brown
Ruth GruberMailer Prize for Distinguished Journalism and HumanitarianismPresented by Alana Newhouse
Jann WennerMailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Magazine PublishingPresented by Tom Wolfe

2009 Mailer Prize recipients


Toni MorrisonMailer Prize for Lifetime AchievementPresented by David Remnick
David Halberstam (1934-2007)Mailer Prize for Distinguished JournalismPresented by Gay Talese to Jean Halberstam