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. Until December 16, 2013, PEN will be accepting submissions and nominations for the following awards for the 2014 awards cycle:
Fiction and Nonfiction
For a fiction writer whose debut work, published in 2013, represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise
To the author of an unpublished novel that addresses issues of social justice. The prize also includes a publishing contract with Algonquin Books.
For a book of essays published in 2013 that exemplifies the dignity and esteem of the essay form
For a book of literary nonfiction published in 2013 on the subject of the physical or biological sciences
For a nonfiction book published in 2013 on the subject of sports. Eligible titles should be of a biographical, investigative, historical, or analytical nature and of the strongest literary character.
For a distinguished biography published in the United States in 2013
For an exceptional work of literature published in 2013 by an author of color
For a book-length translation of prose into English published in 2013 (works of poetry will not be accepted; for works of poetry in translation, please see the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation below)
For a book-length translation of poetry into English published in 2013
To the author of a major work of Paraguayan Literature not yet translated into English
To support the translation of book-length works that have not previous appeared in English
For an author of children’s or young-adult fiction, who has published at least two books, to complete a book-length work-in-progress. The Fellowship has been developed to help writers whose work is of high literary caliber but who have not yet attracted a broad readership.
For a writer for an exceptional story illustrated in a picture book published in 2013
One of the many benefits of PEN membership is the ability to submit letters of recommendation on behalf of your colleagues acknowledging their achievements in literature. Send your letter of nomination in on October 1, 2013.
For a living American or U.S.-based writer each year to celebrate their body of work and long-time contributions to the field of literary sports writing
A pair of awards, which honor a Master American Dramatist and an American Playwright in Mid-Career
To a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work represents a notable presence in American literature
In 2014, PEN will also be offering the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction ($25,000) to a fiction writer whose body of work places him or her in the highest rank of American literature. However, the award will be administered by internal nomination only.