London - Salman Rushdie is to be awarded the 2014 PEN/Pinter prize, the judging panel said Friday, for his "outstanding literary merit."
The award has been presented annually to a British writer or writer resident in Britain since 2009, and was established in memory of Nobel-prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter.
Indian-born Rushdie is most well known for The Satanic Verses, the1989 book which earned him death threats and a fatwa from Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, forcing him to go into hiding for years.
"Harold admired Salman Rushdie's work profoundly long before he met him," said Pinter's widow Antonia Fraser, who is on the judging panel.
"This award would have meant a great deal to Harold who respected Salman twice over, both for his work and his great personal courage."
Rushdie said: "It's very moving to receive an award named after my friend Harold Pinter, whose literary genius was matched by his passion for social justice, and to follow in the distinguished footsteps of the previous recipients."
He is to be presented with the prize in London on October 9 at the British Museum.