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2018 PEN America Lifetime and Career Achievement Honorees
In addition to PEN America's book awards, which celebrate the best books published in a given year, PEN America also honors the outstanding careers and lifetime contributions to the… More
2018 PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers
The PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers recognizes 12 emerging fiction writers each year for their debut short story published during a given calendar year in… More
Announcing the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Longlists
PEN America is thrilled to announce the longlists for the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards. Our awards are juried by panels of esteemed, award-winning writers, editors, booksellers, and critics.… More