The PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing is given to one living American or U.S.-based writer each year to celebrate their body of work. The award recognizes a lifetime of writing about sports and its dimensions of character and action with keen knowledge and insight, and especially with a literary voice evidenced in a style of agility and flair. The winner’s work may be in short- or long-form prose.
Jackie "Mac" MacMullan, 2019 Winner
From the judges’ citation: For the high literary quality of her sportswriting, her exemplary use of the oral history form, and her body of work including Basketball: A Love Story (2018), When the Game Was Ours (2013; with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson), Geno: In Pursuit of Perfection (2006), and her many years as a newspaper sportswriter and NBA columnist. She is the first female sportswriter to win the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing.
- Nominations must be made by awards judges or PEN Members. Click here to learn how to become a member.
- The nomination form will require:
- A statement of support that describes in some detail how the sports writer meets the criteria for the award.
- Detailed information on the sports writer’s past publications