The PEN Literary Awards are the most comprehensive in the United States. Each year, with the help of its partners and supporters, PEN confers more than $150,000 to writers in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama, or poetry.
Announcing the 2015 PEN Literary Award Winners
After considerable deliberation, this year's judges have made their final decisions for PEN's book awards and career achievement awards.
Shortlists Announced for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards
After much deliberation, this year's judges have narrowed their longlists down to just five titles.
Longlists Announced for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards
PEN is thrilled to announced the longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards, spanning fiction, nonfiction, biography, essays, translation, and more.
Meet the Judges for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards
PEN introduces the judges for the 2015 Literary Awards. Mark your calendars with the announcement dates for their decisions.
Highlights from the 2014 PEN Literary Awards
Take a look at some of the moving, funny, and inspiring acceptance speeches of the 2014 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony.
Call for Submissions
to a distinguished living American author of fiction
awarded to a writer of fiction that addresses issues of social justice
for an outstanding work of debut fiction
for a promising young writer of an unpublished work of nonfiction that addresses a global and/or multicultural issue
to preserve the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature
to celebrate writing that exemplifies literary excellence on the subject of physical and biological sciences
three awards to honor a Grand Master of American Theater, playwright in mid-career, and emerging playwright
to a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work to date represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature
for an author of a nonfiction book about sports
to a writer for their long-time contributions to the field of literary sports writing
for excellence in the art of biography
for a book-length work by an author of color
for an author of an unpublished work of children's or young-adult fiction
for a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English
for a distinguished book-length prose translation
to a living author of a major work of Paraguayan literature
to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English
Featured Award Winners
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—Is it bitter? Does her soul / tell her / that she was...
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There wasn’t a minute to lose. All about them people...
In a labyrinth of blankets in the garage // at seven /...
Writing by Past Winners