The PEN American Center awards have been characterized as being among the "major" literary awards in America.
PEN America's advocacy includes work on press freedom and the safety of journalists, campus free speech, online harassment, artistic freedom, and support to regions of the world with acute free expression challenges, including Eurasia, Myanmar, and China. PEN America also campaigns for individual writers and journalists who have been imprisoned or come under threat for their work, and annually presents the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award.
PEN America hosts public programming and events on literature and human rights, including the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature and the annual PEN America Literary Awards. PEN America also works to amplify underrepresented voices, including emerging authors and writers who are undocumented, incarcerated, or face obstacles in reaching audiences.
2021 Pen/Hemingway Award
2021 Pen/EO Wilson Award
2021 Pen/Faulkner Award
2021 Pen/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award
2021 Pen/Jean Stein Award
2021 Pen Open Book Award
2021 Pen/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award
2021 Pen/John Kenneth Galbraith Award
2021 Pen/Voelcker Award
2021 Pen/Robert W Bingham Prize
2021 Pen Translation Prize
2021 Pen Award for Poetry in Translation
PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (2020)
PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Award (2020)
Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award (2020)
PEN/Translation Prize (2020)
PEN/Jean Stein Book Award (2020)
PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogal Award for the Art of the Essay (2020)
Hessell-Tiltman Prize/English Pen (2020)
PEN/Ackerly Prize (2019)