2018 PEN America Literary Award Winners Announced

February 28, 2018

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On Tuesday, February 20, PEN America announced the winners of the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards at an annual ceremony held in New York City. Established in 1963, the awards have been presented to some of the most influential writers across multiple genres. PEN America grants over 20 awards annually, totaling near $315,000 in fellowships, grants, and prizes each year.

Here are this year’s winners:

PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Career in American Fiction
Edmund White

PEN/Nabokov Award for Career Achievement in International Literature
Edna O’Brien

PEN/Jean Stein Book Award
Layli Long Soldier, Whereas (Graywolf)

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction
Jenny Zhang, Sour Heart (Lenny)

PEN Open Book Award
Alexis Okeowo, A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa (Hachette)

PEN/Edward and Lily Tuck Award for Paraguayan Literature
Javier Viveros, Fantasmario (Arandura)

PEN Translation Prize
Magda Szabó, Katalin Street, translated by Len Rix (Penguin Random House)

PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay
Ursula K. Le Guin, No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

PEN/Bograd Weld Prize for Biography
John A. Farrell, Richard Nixon: The Life (Doubleday)

PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing
Jonathan Eig, Ali: A Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers
Elinam Agbo, “1983” (The Baltimore Review)
Lin King, “Appetite” (SLICE)
Lauren Friedlander, “Bellevonia Beautee” (The Rumpus)
Alex Terrell, “Black Dog” (Black Warrior Review)
Grayson Morley, “Brent, Bandit King” (The Brooklyn Review)
Megan Tucker, “Candidates” (Washington Square Review)
Cristina Fries, “New Years in La Calera” (EPOCH)
Celeste Mohammed, “Six Months New” (New England Review)
Ernie Wang, “Stay Brave, My Hercules” (McSweeney’s)
Maud Streep, “The Crazies” (One Story)
Ava Tomasula y Garcia, “Videoteca Fin del Mundo” (Black Warrior Review)
Drew McCutchen, “Zombie Horror” (The Baltimore Review)

PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History
Nyssa Chow, Still.Life.

PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship
Vicky Shiefman

PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants
Janine Beichman
Alexander Dickow
Emily Drumsta
Lindy Falk van Rooyen
Bruce Fulton and Ju-Chan Fulton
Michael Gluck
Mariam Rahmani
Aaron Robertson
Julia Sanches
Jamie Lee Searle
Brian Sneeden
Ri J. Turner

PEN Grant for the English Translation of Italian Literature
Jeanne Bonner


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