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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
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
for an author of a nonfiction book about sports
Nonfiction
to a writer for a lifetime of writing about sports and its dimensions of character and action
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for an author of an unpublished work of children's or young-adult fiction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 international literature in English

Writing by Past Winners

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TRANSLATION

NONFICTION

FICTION

POETRY