PEN America is thrilled to announce the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards longlist finalists. Their awards are juried by panels of esteemed, award-winning writers, editors, booksellers, and critics.

PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

For a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact.

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

To an author whose debut work—a first novel or collection of short stories published in 2018—represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.

PEN/Hemingway Award for a Debut Novel

For an exceptional debut novel published in 2018.

PEN Open Book Award

To an exceptional book-length work of any genre by an author of color, published in the United States in 2018.

PEN Translation Prize

For a book-length translation of prose from any language into English published in 2018.

PEN Award for Poetry In Translation

For a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English published in 2018.

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

For a book of essays published in 2018 that exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature.

PEN/Bograd Weld Prize for Biography

For a distinguished biography published in 2018.

PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction

To honor a distinguished book of general nonfiction published in 2017 or 2018.

PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing

For a book that exemplifies literary excellence on the subject of the physical or biological sciences and communicates complex scientific concepts to a lay audience.

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

To honor a nonfiction book on the subject of sports published in 2018.