PEN America Literary Awards

2020 Literary Awards Submissions Open Graphic


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 $370,000 to writers and translators. View and search our archive of Award winners here

Submissions for the 2020 Awards cycle are open on June 1 – August 15, 2019.

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timeline of the 2020 literary awards cycle


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. 



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