The PEN America 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.

For information regarding the Los Angeles Literary Awards—formerly known as the PEN Center USA Literary Awards—click here.

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