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.

The Norman Mailer Center is not currently accepting applications for the Mailer Prize at this time. 

2015 Mailer Prize recipients


Salman Rushdie Lifetime Achievement Prize Presented by Laurie Anderson

2014 Mailer Prize recipients


Don DeLillo Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement Presented by Nan Graham
Katrina van den Heuvel Mailer Prize for Distinguished Magazine Publishing Presented by Walter Mosley
Billy Collins Mailer Prize for Distinguished Poetry Presented by David Ebershoff

2013 Mailer Prize recipients


Dr. Maya Angelou Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement Presented by Robert Loomis
Junot Diaz Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing Presented by Samuel R. Delany

2012 Mailer Prize recipients


Joyce Carol Oates Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement Presented by Daniel Halpern
Robert A. Caro Mailer Prize for Distinguished Biography Presented by Sir Harold Evans
Barnet Lee Rosset, Jr. Mailer Prize for Distinguished Publishing Presented by Charles McGrath

2011 Mailer Prize recipients


Elie Wiesel Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement Presented by Mortimer Zuckerman
Arundhati Roy Mailer Prize for Distinguished Writing Presented by Jonathan Demme
Gay Talese Mailer Prize for Distinguished Journalism Presented by Tina Brown
Keith Richards Mailer Prize for Distinguished Biography Presented by President William J. Clinton

2010 Mailer Prize recipients


Orhan Pamuk Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement Presented by Tina Brown
Ruth Gruber Mailer Prize for Distinguished Journalism and Humanitarianism Presented by Alana Newhouse
Jann Wenner Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Magazine Publishing Presented by Tom Wolfe

2009 Mailer Prize recipients


Toni Morrison Mailer Prize for Lifetime Achievement Presented by David Remnick
David Halberstam (1934-2007) Mailer Prize for Distinguished Journalism Presented by Gay Talese to Jean Halberstam