Announcing the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Finalists
PEN America is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards. Our awards are juried by panels of esteemed, award-winning writers, editors, booksellers, and critics. Learn about the PEN America Literary Awards judges here.
This year’s awards will confer more than $370,000 to writers and translators whose exceptional literary works were published in 2018. Spanning fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essays, science writing, sports writing, translation, and more, these shortlisted books are bound to help fill your 2019 TBR.
Thanks to our partnership with Hudson Booksellers, we are pleased to offer a 25 percent discount on all PEN America Literary Award finalist and semi-finalist titles on HudsonBooksellers.com. Code: PEN19
Stay tuned for further announcements about winners of the following awards: PEN/Nabokov Award for International Literature, PEN/Osterweil Award for Poetry, PEN/Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers, PEN/Pels Theater Award, PEN/Magid Award for Excellence in Editing, PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award.
The winners will be celebrated at the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on February 26 at the NYU Skirball Center in NYC.
For a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact.
JUDGES: Jennifer Clement, Matthew Desmond, Natalie G Diaz, Brenda Shaughnessy, Charles Yu
To an author whose debut collection of short stories published in 2018 represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.
JUDGES: Chris Abani, Frances Hwang, Gary Lutz
For an exceptional debut novel published in 2018.
JUDGES: Dinaw Mengestu, Cristina García, Scott Simon
To an exceptional book-length work of any genre by an author of color, published in the United States in 2018.
How to Sit: A Memoir in Stories and Essays, Tyrese Coleman (Mason Jar Press)
JUDGES: Hanif Abdurraqib, Cristina Arreola, Richie Narvaez, Kevin Nguyen, Elissa Washuta, Sunil Yapa
For a book-length translation of prose from any language into English published in 2018.
JUDGES: Ezra Fitz, Barbara Harshav, Vincent Kling, Marian Schwartz, Ron Slate
For a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English published in 2018.
JUDGES: Sinan Antoon, Ewa Chrusciel, Peter Filkins, Katrine Øgaard Jensen
For a book of essays published in 2018 that exemplifies the essay form.
JUDGES: Garrard Conley, Paul Reyes, Aisha Sabatini Sloan
For a distinguished biography published in 2018.
JUDGES: Nell Irvin Painter, Sam Stephenson, Rachel Syme
To honor a distinguished book of general nonfiction published in 2017 or 2018.
JUDGES: Nana-Ama Danquah, McKenzie Funk, Syreeta McFadden, Christina Sharpe, Linda Villarosa
For a book that exemplifies literary excellence on the subject of the physical or biological sciences and communicates complex scientific concepts to a lay audience.
JUDGES: Arianne Shahvisi, Jeff VanderMeer, Christie Wilcox
To honor a nonfiction book on the subject of sports published in 2018.
JUDGES: Chris Bachelder, Rafi Kohan, Carvell Wallace