PEN America will begin accepting submission for the 2014 PEN Literary Awards this Tuesday, October 1, 2013. The most comprehensive awards program in the country, PEN will present 17 awards in 2014.


Send in your submissions or nominate a colleague to be considered for awards in the fields of fiction, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, drama, or poetry. NOTE: The deadline for submissions and nominations is earlier this year: December 16, 2013. Please visit each award's page for details on how to submit, as the awards submission process has changed.

Visit or write to for more information. And click here for information on PEN's 2013 award winners.

From October 1, 2013 through December 16, 2013,
PEN will be accepting submissions for the following awards:



Fiction and Nonfiction

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize ($25,000) 

For a fiction writer whose debut work, published in 2013, represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise

PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, Founded by Barbara Kingsolver ($25,000)

To the author of an unpublished novel that addresses issues of social justice. The prize also includes a publishing contract with Algonquin Books.


PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay ($10,000)

For a book of essays published in 2013 that exemplifies the dignity and esteem of the essay form

PEN/E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award ($10,000)

For a book of literary nonfiction published in 2013 on the subject of the physical or biological sciences

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing ($5,000)

For a nonfiction book published in 2013 on the subject of sports

PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award ($5,000) 

For a distinguished biography published in the United States in 2013


PEN Open Book Award ($5,000) 

For an exceptional work of literature published in 2013 by an author of color

PEN/Edward and Lily Tuck Award for Paraguayan Literature ($3,000)

To the author of a major work of Paraguayan Literature not yet translated into English

Children's Literature

PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship ($5,000)

For an author of children’s or young-adult fiction, who has published at least two books, to complete a book-length work-in-progress.


PEN/Steven Kroll Award Honoring the Author of an Illustrated Children’s Book ($5,000)

For a writer for an exceptional story illustrated in a picture book published in 2013



PEN Translation Prize ($3,000)

For a book-length translation of prose into English published in 2013


PEN Award for Poetry in Translation ($3,000)

For a book-length translation of poetry into English published in 2013


PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants ($2,000–$4,000)

To support the translation of book-length works that have not previous appeared in English



One of the many benefits of PEN membership is the ability to submit letters of recommendation on behalf of your colleagues acknowledging their achievements in literature. Send your letter of nomination in on October 1, 2013


PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing ($5,000)

For a writer whose body of work represents an exceptional contribution to the field


PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Awards for Drama ($7,500)

A pair of awards, which honor a Master American Dramatist and an American Playwright in Mid-Career

PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry ($5,000)

To a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work represents a notable presence in American literature


About PEN


For the last 90 years, PEN American Center has been working to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to make it possible for everyone to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others. Together with its colleagues in the international PEN community, the organization has been bringing down barriers to free expression and reaching across borders to celebrate, through writing, our common humanity.