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.
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2019 PEN AMERICA LITERARY AWARDS
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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2018 PEN America Lifetime and Career Achievement Honorees
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