Publications

PEN America publishes original literature through the PEN America Best Debut Stories, the Prison Writing Awards Anthology, PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers, and the Glossolalia translation trilogy, all available for purchase below.

You can also read original literature from PEN America’s online publications and programs below.

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Prison Writing Awards Anthology

The 2018 Prison Writing Awards Anthology brings the winning works of the Prison Writing Awards together in a beautiful collection to share with the world. More

PEN America Best Debut Short Stories

This annual anthology features the winning works of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize, recognizing writers with outstanding fiction debuts in print or online literary magazines. More

PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers

Published each spring, PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, conversation, graphic narrative, and more. We champion international authors and provide first-hand insight into the… More

Glossolalia

Glossolalia is the translation magazine of PEN America. Glossolalia advocates for writers with limited access to the global reading community. By publishing works from lesser-translated languages, we connect storytellers to audiences… More

 

Read Original Literature from PEN America Publications and Programs

In addition to its printed publications, PEN America produces a breadth of interviews, poetry, graphic narratives, flash fictions, essays, translation, and book excerpts through its online series, literary awards, prison writing program, World Voices Festival, and other events throughout the year. 

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Seven Thousand Yesterdays

Robert Earl was 64 years old, whip thin and frail-looking, though he was still in pretty decent shape. He wasn’t stooped, but he had a weighed-down way of standing… More

Drums That Talk

Here was a messaging system that outpaced the best couriers, the fastest horses on good roads with way stations and relays. Earth-bound, foot-based messaging systems always disappointed. Their armies… More

2011 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

WinnerGeorge Dohrmann for Play Their Hearts Out (Ballantine Books)The $5,000 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing honors a nonfiction book about sports. Eligible titles should be of a biographical,… More

2010 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

WinnerMarshall Jon Fisher for A Terrible Splendor (Three Rivers Press/Crown)The PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing honors a nonfiction book about sports. The award is open to books of a… More

2010 PEN/Tuck Award for Paraguayan Literature

WinnerEsteban Bedoya for El Apocalipsis según BenedictoThe PEN/Tuck Award for Paraguayan Literature was established by a $100,000 grant from Lily Tuck to assist with the translation of Paraguayan literature… More

2010 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation

WinnerAnne Carson for her translation from the Greek of An Oresteia: Agamemnon by Aiskhylos; Elektra by Sophokles; Orestes by EuripidesThe PEN Award for Poetry in Translation recognizes book-length translations… More

2009 PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowships for Writers

WinnerDonald Ray Pollock for his collection Knockemstiff (Doubleday)The PEN/Robert Bingham Fellowship honors an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work—a novel or collection of short stories published in 2007—represents… More

2009 PEN/Saul Bellow Award

WinnerCormac McCarthyThe PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction goes to a distinguished living American author of fiction whose body of work in English possesses qualities of excellence,… More