PEN America Literary Awards 2021. Submissions Open: June 15–August 15, 2020

Submissions for the 2021 cycle are open June 15–August 15, 2020. Submit here.

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. View and search our archive of Award winners here

To stay up to date on Literary Awards news, sign up here. Email awards@pen.org with any questions.


 

Click here to see the full list of 2020 PEN America Literary Award Winners!


 

View a full list of our awards, grants, and fellowships, both past and present.  

Learn the history of our Literary Awards and search past winners.

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Find links to work by and interviews with featured honorees. 

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2020 PEN America Literary Awards Judges

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