PEN America Literary Awards

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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Click here to view a full list of our current awards. Book submissions are currently closed for the 2019 cycle.

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.

The finalists for all book awards will be announced in January 2019. The winners will be celebrated at the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on February 26 at the NYU Skirball Center in NYC. Find out more about the event or purchase tickets here.

Together with our esteemed judges, we look forward to another vibrant awards season.


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

Search the PEN Literary Awards archives. 


Find links to work by and interviews with featured honorees. 


Meet the 2019 Literary Awards Judges

PEN America’s 2019 Literary Awards judges join a long tradition of esteemed writers and PEN America members committed to recognizing their contemporaries, from promising debut writers to those who… More