PEN America is thrilled to announce the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards 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, which has broken new ground by reshaping the boundaries of its form and signaling strong potential for lasting influence.

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction

To an author whose debut collection of short stories represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise for future work.

PEN/Hemingway Award for a 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/Bograd Weld Prize for Biography

For a distinguished biography of exceptional literary, narrative, and artistic merit, based on scrupulous research.

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.