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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

to a distinguished living American author of fiction

awarded to a writer of fiction that addresses issues of social justice

Nonfiction

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

Nonfiction

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

Drama

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

Translation

for a distinguished book-length prose translation

Fiction

for a book-length work by an author of color

Poetry

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

Nonfiction

for excellence in the art of biography

Translation

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

Children's / Young Adult

for an author of an unpublished work of children's or young-adult fiction who is in financial need

Children's / Young Adult

an award established in memory of Steven Kroll to acknowledge the distinct literary contributions of picture book writers

Nonfiction

for an author of a nonfiction book about sports

Nonfiction

to a writer for their long-time contributions to the field of literary sports writing

to a living author of a major work of Paraguayan literature

Poetry

to a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work to date represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature

Featured Award Winners

"It’s the awful power of having exactly what you want....

At the outset, I had no intention of doing what I...

"I'm here for you to save my life. Is that too...

In the twentieth century alone, the Amphitryon myth has...

Indeed, the truth of the forest may be more clearly and...

It was the moment of the intimate and the familial,...

I am tired of his body. I am tired of his body parts—...

"The Philosophy of Composition” is a lovely little...

Consequently for him, as time went by, the past was...

It means everything because sentencing like Physics and...

You do not understand how one can possibly go to school...

At some point in the proceedings one of the more...

He decided to guess who the perpetrator was, even...

People ate differently here, talked differently,...

In the chapel, Baroque music played from invisible...

I was running with the spear which was a pencil in my...

His home is a shabby little studio, where one pot of...

Writing by Past Winners

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