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 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.
2019 PEN America Literary Awards Winners: Nomination Awards
In 2019 PEN America honors achievement in international literature, editing, literary sports writing, and drama, and literary promise in poetry. More
Announcing the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Finalists
PEN America is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards. More
Announcing the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Longlists
PEN America is thrilled to announce the longlists for the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards. More