Submissions for the 2021 cycle are open June 15–August 15, 2020. Submit here.
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. View and search our archive of Award winners here.
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The PEN Pod: Honoring Literary Excellence with Ruben Quesada and Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf
PEN America’s Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf joins poet and Literary Awards committee member Ruben Quesada for a conversation about how awards can help diversify and advance the American literary canon. More
PEN America Opens Submissions for 2021 PEN America Literary Awards
"Through the reimagined Literary Awards, PEN America redoubles its commitment to celebrating the talent and voices of the poets and writers most often marginalized by business as usual, and… More
Tom Stoppard, M. NourbeSe Philip, Tanya Barfield, Rigoberto González to Receive PEN America Honorary and Career-Achievement Literary Awards
“Fostering and celebrating international literature is central to the mission of the PEN America Literary Awards; we seek to champion original and promising writers of the global community and… More
Announcing the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards Finalists
PEN America is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards. More
Seth Meyers to Host 2020 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony, March 2 at New York’s The Town Hall
“The PEN America Literary Awards work to elevate original and promising voices and build a literary canon fit for the 21st century." More
Announcing the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards Longlists
PEN America is thrilled to announce the longlists for the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards. More
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