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.
Call for Submissions for 2016 Literary Awards
Submissions accepted June 1-August 15, 2015 for awards spanning fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, translation, and more.
Highlights from the 2015 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony
This video takes a look at some of the moving, funny, and inspiring acceptance speeches of the 2015 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony, held on June 8, 2015.
Adriana E. Ramírez takes first annual $10,000 PEN/Fusion Prize for "Dead Boys"
NEW YORK—Emcee and author James Hannaham presented the PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers...
PEN Awards Jack Livings $25,000 Bingham Prize For “The Dog”
Claudia Rankine, Ian Buruma Take Other Top Prizes in Live Announcement at New York Ceremony NEW YORK— PEN American Center named Jack Livings...
Announcing the 2015 PEN Literary Award Winners
After considerable deliberation, this year's judges have made their final decisions for PEN's book awards and career achievement awards.
Call for Submissions
to a distinguished living American author of fiction
awarded to a writer of fiction that addresses issues of social justice
for an outstanding work of debut fiction
for a promising young writer of an unpublished work of nonfiction that addresses a global and/or multicultural issue
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
three awards to honor a Grand Master of American Theater, playwright in mid-career, and emerging playwright
to a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work to date represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature
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 excellence in the art of biography
for a book-length work by an author of color
for an author of an unpublished work of children's or young-adult fiction
for a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English
for a distinguished book-length prose translation
to a living author of a major work of Paraguayan literature
to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English
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