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Literary Awards

Literary Awards

 

The PEN Literary Awards are the most comprehensive in the United States. Each year, with the help of its partners and supporters, PEN confers more than $150,000 to writers in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama, or poetry.


» Click here to see the complete archive of winners by year. 
 

Call for Submissions

Fiction

for an outstanding work of debut fiction

Nonfiction

to preserve the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature

Nonfiction

to an author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues

Nonfiction

to celebrate writing that exemplifies literary excellence on the subject of physical and biological sciences

Nonfiction

for a promising young writer of an unpublished work of nonfiction that addresses a global and/or multicultural issue

Drama

three awards to honor a Grand Master of American Theater, playwright in mid-career, and emerging playwright

Multigenre

for a book-length work by an author of color

Biography

for excellence in the art of biography

Poetry

for a new and emerging American poet with promise of further literary achievement

Nonfiction

to a writer for a lifetime of writing about sports and its dimensions of character and action

Nonfiction

for an author of a nonfiction book about sports

Children's / Young Adult

for an author of an unpublished work of children's or young-adult fiction

Translation

for a distinguished book-length prose translation

Translation

for a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English

Editing

for a magazine editor whose high literary standards and taste have, throughout his or her career, contributed significantly to the excellence of the publication he or she edits

Translation

to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English

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