PEN Literary Awards
PEN's book awards, which range from $1,000 to $5,000, recognize exceptional books in a variety of genres, including the memoir, the literary essay, and general nonfiction, and acknowledge the art of translation.
The PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay
This award honors an outstanding book of essays by an American author. The award was established in 1991 by PEN member Barbaralee Diamonstein and her husband Carl Spielvogel to preserve the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature. The award is valued at $5,000.
The PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir
This award honors a distinguished book-length memoir by a first-time American writer. The winner receives $1,000. PEN/Martha Albrand Awards were created through a bequest from the late PEN member to recognize first books of distinction.
The PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction
$1,000 and residence at the Vermont Studio Center are given to the winner of this award, for a distinguished first book of general nonfiction by an American writer. PEN/Martha Albrand Awards were created through a bequest from the late PEN member to recognize first books of distinction.
The PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize
This prize, valued at $3,000, is given for a distinguished book-length translation. The Translation Prize was founded in 1962 and is the oldest award for literary translation in the United States.
The PEN Award for Poetry in Translation
This award is given for a book-length translation of poetry of high literary achievement and carries with it a cash prize of $1,000.
The PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry
This biennial prize established in 1999 honors an emerging American poet whose published work to date shows high literary character and the promise of further achievement. The winner receives $5,000.
The PEN/Norma Klein Award
This $3,000 award is given every other year to recognize a superb new voice among American writers of children's fiction.
The PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Awards for Drama
These awards were established in 1998 to recognize a master American dramatist and an American playwright in mid-career, both of whose literary achievements are vividly apparent in the rich and striking language of their work. The former receives a specially commissioned artwork; the latter a $5,000 stipend. The awards were developed to reflect Laura Pels's dedication to supporting excellence in American theater as well as PEN's commitment to recognizing and rewarding the literary accomplishments of playwrights.