The PEN Literary Awards are the most comprehensive in the United States. Each year, with the help of its partners and supporters, PEN confers nearly $315,000 to writers of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama, and poetry.

At PEN America, we believe literary awards are a vital part of the literary landscape. Our awards vary in focus and scope. They honor individuals at every stage of the life cycle of a writer, from emerging writers with debut works to established authors, playwrights, poets and essayists for an entire career of literary achievement.

Current Awards

PEN/Voelcker Award ($5,000)

to a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work to date represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature More

Off-Year Awards

Discontinued Awards

We don’t want to remember December 14, 2017 as the day the internet began to go dark.

PEN America has been at the forefront of petitioning, protesting and pressing to keep the internet open. We have only just begun to fight—the next battlegrounds will be in Congress and the Court.

We won’t stop until a free and open internet has been secured for everyone who thinks, explores, and creates.

Support us as we double down for digital freedom.