Since 1963, the PEN America Literary Awards have honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across diverse genres, including fiction, poetry, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, and drama. With the help of our partners, PEN America confers over 20 distinct awards, fellowships, grants and prizes each year, awarding nearly $350,000 to writers and translators. For regular updates on our Literary Awards, subscribe to our mailing list.
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2019 PEN AMERICA LITERARY AWARDS
PEN America is pleased to announce that submissions for the 2019 PEN Literary Awards will open on June 1, 2018. Click here to view a full list of our current awards. Book submissions will be accepted from June 1, 2018 through August 15, 2018. Please check individual awards for eligibility and application requirements.
We also accept nominations from Professional Members for many of our most prestigious career awards. If you are a current Professional Member in good standing, please take a moment to nominate deserving poets, playwrights, editors, and more.
Together with our esteemed judges, we look forward to another vibrant awards season.
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