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