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Announcing the 2020 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award Finalists
PEN America and this year's judges Marilyn Chin, Rebecca Makkai, Garth Greenwell, Michael Schaub, and William T. Vollmann, are thrilled to announce the Finalists for the 2020 PEN/Jean Stein… 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