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.
Deadlines Extended for Several 2016 PEN Awards
It's not too late to nominate a fellow writer or submit your unpublished manuscript for the 2016 PEN Awards. Click to find more information on upcoming deadlines.
Read the Finalists of the 2015 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
Featuring some of the year's best essays by Ian Buruma, Leslie Jamison, David Bromwich, Angela Pelster, and Charles D'Ambrosio.
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...
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awarded to a writer of fiction that addresses issues of social justice
for a promising young writer of an unpublished work of nonfiction that addresses a global and/or multicultural issue
for an author of an unpublished work of children's or young-adult fiction
three awards to honor a Grand Master of American Theater, playwright in mid-career, and emerging playwright
to a writer for their long-time contributions to the field of literary sports writing
to a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work to date represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature
to a distinguished living American author of fiction
to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English
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
for an author of a nonfiction book about sports
for excellence in the art of biography
for a book-length work by an author of color
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
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