Press Release: Call for Submissions: 2014 PEN Literary Awards
Submissions are now open for the 2014 PEN Literary Awards. Our awards program, the most comprehensive in the country, 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 our awards submission process has changed.
From now until December 16, 2013,
PEN will be accepting submissions for the following awards:
Fiction and Nonfiction
For a fiction writer whose debut work, published in 2013, represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise
To the author of an unpublished novel that addresses issues of social justice. The prize also includes a publishing contract with Algonquin Books.
For a book of essays published in 2013 that exemplifies the dignity and esteem of the essay form
For a book of literary nonfiction published in 2013 on the subject of the physical or biological sciences
For a nonfiction book published in 2013 on the subject of sports
For a distinguished biography published in the United States in 2013
For an exceptional work of literature published in 2013 by an author of color
To the author of a major work of Paraguayan Literature not yet translated into English
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.
For a writer for an exceptional story illustrated in a picture book published in 2013
For a book-length translation of prose into English published in 2013
For a book-length translation of poetry into English published in 2013
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.
For a writer whose body of work represents an exceptional contribution to the field
A pair of awards, which honor a Master American Dramatist and an American Playwright in Mid-Career
To a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work represents a notable presence in American literature
In 2014, PEN will also be offering the PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction ($25,000) to a fiction writer whose body of work places him or her in the highest rank of American literature. However, the award will be administered by internal nomination only.