2018 PEN America Literary Awards Finalists
PEN America is thrilled to announce the 2018 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
To the author of a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact, and that 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 work—a first novel or collection of short stories published in 2017—represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.
PEN Open Book Award
To an exceptional book-length work of any genre by an author of color, published in the United States in 2017.
PEN Translation Prize
For a book-length translation of prose from any language into English published in 2017.
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
For a book of essays published in 2017 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 2017.
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 2017.