2020 PEN America Literary Awards

"PEN America is thrilled to announce the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards Finalists! 

Our Awards are juried by panels of esteemed writers, editors, translators, and critics. You can learn more about this year’s judges here.

This year’s Literary Awards will confer over $330,000 to writers and translators whose exceptional literary works were published in 2019. Spanning fiction, poetry, essay, science writing, translation, and more, these Finalist titles are dynamic, diverse, and thought-provoking examples of literary excellence. 

The winners will be announced live at the 2020 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on March 2 at the Town Hall in New York City and hosted by Seth Meyers."

-Via PEN.org

Check out the finalists below!

Jean Stein Award

Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection

Hemingway Award for Debut Novel

Open Book Award

Translation Prize

PEN Award for Poetry in Translation

Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

 

 


Jean Stein 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.

          

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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.

                 

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Hemingway Award for Debut Novel

To a debut novel of exceptional literary merit by an American author.

                    

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Open Book Award

To an exceptional book-length work of any genre by an author of color.

                  

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Translation Prize

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

               

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PEN Award for Poetry in Translation

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

                 

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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.

               

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Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

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


               

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E.O. Wilson Literary Science 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.

               

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