Programs

Freedom to Write
The Freedom to Write Program defends writers and protects free expression in the United States and around the world.

Readers & Writers
Through Readers & Writers, New York City public high school students interact with authors: panels, writing/reading workshops; and the Writing Institute.

Prison Writing
The Prison Writing program sponsors an annual writing contest, publishes a free handbook for prisoners, and provides one-on-one mentoring to inmates.

The Writers' Fund
The PEN Writers’ Fund provides financial assistance to professionally published writers and editors facing acute financial crisis.

Children's/Young Adult Authors Committee
The Children’s/YA Committee meets monthly to discuss topics such as censorship and diversity. We support authors whose books have been challenged, sponsor school visits in New Orleans and NYC, plan public programs, and administer the PEN children's book awards.

World Voices Festival
Each spring, the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature showcases work of writers from across in an exciting cross-cultural celebration of the written word. Chaired by Salman Rushdie, the Festival has featured such luminaries as Nadine Gordimer, Toni Morrison, Orhan Pamuk, Umberto Eco, Ian McEwan, and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Literary Awards
PEN confers over $150,000 to writers in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama, or poetry.

Open Book
The Open Book Program celebrates literature as a reflection of diversity in American literary culture, and society at large.

Translation
The PEN Translation Committee advocates for literary translators, working to foster a wider understanding of their art and offering professional resources and support for translators, publishers, critics and others with an interest in international literature.

PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers

PEN’s literary journal publishes fiction, poetry, memoir, and conversations. It champions international authors and invites them to contribute to provocative forums.