Announcing the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards Longlists
PEN America is thrilled to announce the Longlists for the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards. Our Awards are juried by panels of esteemed, award-winning writers, editors, translators, and critics. You can learn more about this year’s judges here.
This year’s Awards will confer over $330,000 to writers and translators whose exceptional literary works were published in 2019. Spanning fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essay, science writing, translation, and more, these longlisted books are dynamic, diverse, and thought-provoking examples of literary excellence.
Finalists for all Book Awards, including the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and our Career Achievement Awards, will be announced in January 2020.
The Winners will be celebrated live at the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on March 2 at the Town Hall in New York City and hosted by Seth Meyers.
PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE FOR DEBUT SHORT STORY COLLECTION ($25,000)
To an author whose debut collection of short stories represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise for future work.
Judges: Aimee Bender, Jamel Brinkley, Samantha Hunt, Randa Jarrar, Elissa Schappell
PEN/HEMINGWAY AWARD FOR DEBUT NOVEL ($25,000)
To a debut novel of exceptional literary merit by an American author.
Judges: R.O. Kwon, Terese Marie Mailhot, David L. Ulin
PEN OPEN BOOK AWARD ($5,000)
To an exceptional book-length work of any genre by an author of color.
Judges: Ali Eteraz, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Dawn Lundy Martin, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Camille Rankine, Héctor Tobar
PEN Translation Prize ($3,000)
For a book-length translation of prose from any language into English.
Judges: Sean Gasper Bye, Jim Hicks, Geoffrey C. Howes, Sara Khalili, Elizabeth Lowe, Jenny McPhee
PEN AWARD FOR POETRY IN TRANSLATION ($3,000)
For a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English.
Judges: Michael Eskin, Forrest Gander, Pierre Joris
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay ($10,000)
For a collection of essays which exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature.
Judges: Jelani Cobb, Daniel Menaker, Judith Thurman
PEN/JACQUELINE BOGRAD WELD AWARD FOR BIOGRAPHY ($5,000)
For a distinguished biography of exceptional literary, narrative, and artistic merit, based on scrupulous research.
Judges: David W. Blight, Yunte Huang, Miriam Pawel, Rebecca Walker, Shawn Wen
PEN/E.O. WILSON LITERARY SCIENCE WRITING AWARD ($10,000)
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: Diane Ackerman, Rivka Galchen, Priyamvada Natarajan