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. For regular updates on our Literary Awards, subscribe to our mailing list.

For information regarding the Los Angeles Literary Awards—formerly known as the PEN Center USA Literary Awards—click here.

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The 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Winners

PEN America is thrilled to announce the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards winners. Our awards are juried by panels of esteemed, award-winning writers, editors, booksellers, and critics. Learn more… More

The 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Finalists

PEN America is thrilled to announce the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards finalists. Our awards are juried by panels of esteemed, award-winning writers, editors, booksellers, and critics. Learn more… More

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

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

Search the PEN Literary Awards archives and our Frequently Asked Questions. 

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Find links to work by and interviews with featured honorees.