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.
Meet the Judges for the 2015 PEN/Fusion Prize
John Freeman and Cristina Henríquez will judge the new $10,000 PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize.
2014 Literary Awards Winners Feature
Get to know this year's PEN Literary Awards winners with interviews, readings, and samples of their work.
2014 Translation Series
Read excerpts from works never before seen in English along with short essays from the translators, explaining what originally drew them to their projects and why they matter now.
2014 PEN Poetry in Translation Award: Four Questions for the Winners
BY PEN America
"For me, there’s something about that in-between genre—part diary, part poem, part letter to the world—that felt both fascinating and important."
Announcing the 2014 PEN Literary Award Winners
PEN is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Literary Awards. Each year, the PEN Awards celebrate some of the most outstanding voices in literature, spanning a wide array of genres and...
Call for Submissions
for a promising young writer of an unpublished work of nonfiction that addresses a global and/or multicultural issue
to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English
for an author of an unpublished work of children's or young-adult fiction
for a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of his or her work
for excellence in the art of biography
for a magazine editor whose high literary standards and taste have, throughout his or her career, contributed significantly to the excellence of the publication he or she edits
for an outstanding work of debut fiction
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
to an author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues
three awards to honor a Grand Master of American Theater, playwright in mid-career, and emerging playwright
for a distinguished book-length prose translation
for a book-length work by an author of color
for a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English
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 a new and emerging American poet with promise of further literary achievement
Featured Award Winners
All of the cases that my father judged were nearly as...
"Athai, some boys called us Snickers. I don't mind....
It was not enthusiasm for the YWCA that brought the...
He walked into the living room, looking back at me...
After marching for days, King Normous and his armies at...
You are the ruin whose arm encircles the young woman /...
What’s in it for ESPN to support this book? Why would...
We fill pre-existing forms and when we fill them we...
The body took paths through waste-land woods / followed...
He stood about six feet but weighed, at most, 110...
—Is it bitter? Does her soul / tell her / that she was...
If it please the court, I ask that it be stricken from...
Then the moon came in / and hung motionless over the...
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