Since 1963, the PEN America Literary Awards have honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature across diverse genres, including fiction, poetry, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, and drama. With the help of our partners, PEN America confers over 20 distinct awards, fellowships, grants and prizes each year, awarding nearly $350,000 to writers and translators.
A fearless writer confronts grief and transforms it into art, in a book of surprising beauty and love, "a masterpiece by a master” (Elizabeth McCracken, Vanity Fair).
"Li has converted the messy and devastating stuff of life into a remarkable work of art.”—The Wall Street Journal
Winner of the 2020 PEN America Literary Award for Debut Short Story Collection, Mimi Lok's Last of Her Name narrates the interconnected lives of diasporic women from '80s UK suburbia to WWII Hong Kong and contemporary California
Mimi Lok's Last of Her Name is an eye-opening story collection about the intimate, interconnected lives of diasporic women and the histories they are born
Winner of the 2020 PEN Open Book Award
Best of 2019: Nonfiction - Entropy Magazine
A memoir and book of mourning, a grandson's attempt to reconcile his own uncontested citizenship with his grandfather's lifelong struggle.
WINNER 2020 PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE
Best-selling and beloved Japanese author Hiromi Kawakami (The Nakano Thrift Shop) tells the story of an enigmatic man through the voices of ten remarkable women who have loved him.
Winner, 2020 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
An impassioned call for recognizing and preserving the ecological wonders of the Allegheny Plateau
Winner of the PEN / Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography and the Southern Historical Association Sydnor Award
Three sisters from the South wrestle with orthodoxies of race, sexuality, and privilege.
A New York Times Bestseller and winner of the PEN / E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
"Game-changing." —Sy Montgomery, New York Times Book Review