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.
Meet the Judges for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards
PEN is thrilled to introduce the judges for the 2015 Literary Awards. Mark your calendars with the announcement dates for their decisions.
Deadline Extended for the 2015 PEN/Fusion Prize
Submit by March 23, 2015 for the chance to have your manuscript read by judges John Freeman, Roxane Gay, and Cristina Henríquez.
2014 Literary Awards Winners Feature
Get to know this year's PEN Literary Awards winners with interviews, readings, and samples of their work.
2014 Translation Series
What aren’t you reading in translation? Thanks to the PEN/Heim Translation fund grants, that list could be shorter. Check out new translations & previously untranslated work, as well as...
2014 PEN Poetry in Translation Award: Four Questions for the Winners
BY PEN America
"For me, there’s something about that in-between genre—part diary, part poem, part letter to the world—that felt both fascinating and important."
Call for Submissions
for a promising young writer of an unpublished work of nonfiction that addresses a global and/or multicultural issue
for an outstanding work of debut fiction
to preserve the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature
to celebrate writing that exemplifies literary excellence on the subject of physical and biological sciences
to an author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues
three awards to honor a Grand Master of American Theater, playwright in mid-career, and emerging playwright
for a book-length work by an author of color
for excellence in the art of biography
for a new and emerging American poet with promise of further literary achievement
for an author of a nonfiction book about sports
to a writer for their long-time contributions to the field of literary sports writing
for an author of an unpublished work of children's or young-adult fiction
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
for a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of his or her work
for a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English
for a distinguished book-length prose translation
to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English
Featured Award Winners
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He walked into the living room, looking back at me...
After marching for days, King Normous and his armies at...
You are the ruin whose arm encircles the young woman /...
What’s in it for ESPN to support this book? Why would...
We fill pre-existing forms and when we fill them we...
The body took paths through waste-land woods / followed...
He stood about six feet but weighed, at most, 110...
—Is it bitter? Does her soul / tell her / that she was...
If it please the court, I ask that it be stricken from...
Then the moon came in / and hung motionless over the...
There wasn’t a minute to lose. All about them people...
In a labyrinth of blankets in the garage // at seven /...
Writing by Past Winners