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.