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 $315,000 to writers and translators. For regular updates on our Literary Awards, subscribe to our mailing list.


Meet the 2018 Literary Awards Judges

PEN America’s 2018 Literary Awards judges join a long tradition of esteemed writers committed to recognizing their contemporaries, from promising debut writers to those who have had a long… More

Submissions for the 2018 PEN Literary Awards

The submission period for the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards has ended. Submissions and nominations for the 2019 awards cycle (for books published in 2018) will be accepted starting… More

2017 PEN America Literary Awards Winners

PEN America is thrilled to announce the winners for its 2017 PEN America Literary Awards. This year's awards will confer over $300,000 to writers and translators for their exceptional literary works and careers… More

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

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Find links to work by and interviews with featured honorees.