2020 PEN AMERICA LITERARY AWARDS
PEN America is thrilled to announce the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards Longlists. Their awards are juried by panels of esteemed, award-winning writers, editors, booksellers, and critics.
PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection
To an author whose debut collection of short stories represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise for future work.
PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel
To a debut novel of exceptional literary merit by an American author.
PEN Open Book Award
To an exceptional book-length work of any genre by an author of color.
PEN Translation Prize
For a book-length translation of prose from any language into English.
PEN Award for Poetry In Translation
For a book-length translation of poetry from any language into English.
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
For a collection of essays which exemplifies the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature.
PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
For a distinguished biography of exceptional literary, narrative, and artistic merit, based on scrupulous research.
PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award
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.