2019 Jerusalem Prize
Since 1963 the Jerusalem Prize is awarded biennially, as an integral part of the JIBF, to a writer whose work best expresses and promotes the idea of “freedom of the individual in society.” Some of the authors who were awarded the Jerusalem Prize later received Nobel Prize for Literature, among them – Bertrand Russell , Octavio Paz, V. S. Naipaul, Mario Vargas Llosa and J. M. Coetzee.
The 2019 Jerusalem Prize will be awarded to critically acclaimed American Author Joyce Carol Oates. Oates will receive the prize from the Mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, at the joint opening ceremony of the Jerusalem International Book Forum and the International Writers Festival of Mishkenot Sha’ananim (May 12, 2019).
From the Jury’s decision:
“With a deep and profound psychological understanding, she confronts her heroes – as well as her readers – with the ways in which people deal with internal or external demons, and their struggle defines the boundaries of the human condition. But throughout this confrontation, even in its wildest manifestations, a constant line of grace and compassion is discernible.”
Joyce carol Oates:
“I am deeply honored to be a recipient of this distinguished international literary award made to writers whose work deals with the freedom of the individual in society. In a world in which individual freedoms are under assault, the autonomy of the individual and the role of art in our lives is of great concern.”
Members of the jury for the 2019 Prize are Dr. Tamar Hess (chairperson), Dr. Omri Herzog and Prof. Shimon Adaf.
2017 Bilbao BBK Ja! Prize
The International Festival of Literature and Art with Humour, Ja! Bilbao is a cultural event that aims to highlight the importance of humour -understood in the broadest sense of the term-, in the arts in general and especially in literature. The organisers understand and really work to reclaim the role of humour as an expression of intelligence, civilization and the joy of living. Through the BBK Ja! Bilbao Award, the festival pays tribute each year to an international figure, whose work grants humour a starring role. The prize winners up until now have been Tom Sharpe, Francisco Ibáñez, Ismail Kadaré (in an edition on humour against barbarism), Robert Crumb, Julian Barnes and Fernando Trueba.
Humour runs throughout the extraordinary work of Joyce Carol Oates. Perhaps not evidently, but in a substantial way. It is veiled, deadpan, subtle humour. In a recent interview published in Spain she was asked if there was something in her literature that had not been talked about enough. She drew attention to her “black humour, and also modern humour” and insisted that she likes to see the ironic side of things even at the most tragic times.
2016 American Philosophical Society Member
An eminent scholarly organization of international reputation, the American Philosophical Society promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. This country’s first learned society, the APS has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for over 250 years.
2015 A.J. Liebling Award for Outstanding Boxing Writing
…it is her occasional forays into boxing, most notably her critically acclaimed 1987 collection of essays, On Boxing, which have made her a lightning rod for both praise and criticism from an insulated, mostly male group that prefers to see only that which is good about the most primal of athletic endeavors.
Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, 2014
Established in 1996, the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards celebrate authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community. Nominations are solicited from past winners, other prominent writers, members of the publishing community, and Poets & Writers’ Board and staff. These nominations are reviewed and winners selected by a committee comprised of current and past members of the Board of Directors. Title of the award has been given to Barnes & Noble in appreciation of their extraordinary support of Poets & Writers
Poets & Writers is pleased to recognize Joyce Carol Oates’s dedication to promoting emerging writers, through the Ontario Review and Ontario Review Press, which she founded with her late husband Raymond J. Smith, and the Pushcart Prize anthology, for which she served as a founding editor.
2012 Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities (Princeton University)
2009 National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award
2009 Syracuse University George Arents Award for Excellence in Letters
2009 National Arts Club Medal of Honor in Literature
2008 Mary McCarthy Award
Given by Bard College in recognition of engagement in the public sphere by an intellectual, artist, or writer.
2007 Humanist of the Year Award, American Humanist Association
2006 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for Lifetime Achievement
2005 Thomas Cooper Medal for Distinction in the Arts & Sciences, University of South Carolina
2004 Fairfax Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Literary Arts
2003 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement
2003 Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service (Literature)
2002 Carl Sandburg Literary Award for Lifetime Achievement
2002 Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award
1998 F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature
Administered by the F. Scott Fitzgerald Society
1996 PEN / Malamud Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Short Story
1994 Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement
1990 Bobst Award for Lifetime Achievement in Fiction
1990 Alan Swallow Award for fiction
1990 Rhea Award for the short story
1988 St. Louis Literary Award
1978 American Academy of Arts and Letters member
1975 Lotos Club Award of Merit
1967 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
Provides grants for men and women of high intellectual and personal qualifications who have already demonstrated unusual capacity for productive scholarship or unusual ability in the fine arts.
1966, 1968 National Endowment for the Arts grants
2011 Honorary Degree from University of Pennsylvania: Doctor of Humane Letters
2010 Honorary Doctorate from Bloomfield College
2007 Honorary Degree from Brandeis University
2006 Janet Weis Fellow in Contemporary Letters, Bucknell University
2000 Honorary Degree from Syracuse University: Doctor of Letters
2000 Honorary Doctorate Degree from Northwestern University
1999 Honorary Degree from Lawrence University: Doctor of Letters
1997 Honorary Degree from Rutgers University: Doctor of Humane Letters
1996 Honorary Doctorate from Ursinus College
1993 Honorary Doctorate from Bethany College
1992 Honorary Degree from the University of Michigan: Doctor of Humane Letters
1990 Honorary Degree from Trenton State College
1985 Honorary Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison: Doctor of Letters
Full Lists of Awards & Honors:
nomination, longlist, shortlist, finalist