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Literary Awards

Literary Awards

 

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.


» Click here to see the complete archive of winners by year. 
 

Call for Submissions

Fiction

awarded to a writer of fiction that addresses issues of social justice

Nonfiction

for a promising young writer of an unpublished work of nonfiction that addresses a global and/or multicultural issue

Children's / Young Adult

for an author of an unpublished work of children's or young-adult fiction

Drama

three awards to honor a Grand Master of American Theater, playwright in mid-career, and emerging playwright

Nonfiction

to a writer for their long-time contributions to the field of literary sports writing

Poetry

to a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work to date represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature

Fiction

to a distinguished living American author of fiction

Translation

to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English

Fiction

for an outstanding work of debut fiction

Nonfiction

to preserve the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature

Nonfiction

to celebrate writing that exemplifies literary excellence on the subject of physical and biological sciences

Nonfiction

for an author of a nonfiction book about sports

Biography

for excellence in the art of biography

Multigenre

for a book-length work by an author of color

Translation

for a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English

Translation

for a distinguished book-length prose translation

Translation

to a living author of a major work of Paraguayan literature

Featured Award Winners

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Writing by Past Winners

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