Prizes

Each year, English PEN presents four awards to outstanding writers.

The Golden PEN award is presented to a writer whose work has given both pleasure to readers and inspiration to their fellow writers. The winner is elected by the Trustees of English PEN.

The Hessell-Tiltman Prize  was created in 2002 with a bequest from English PEN member Marjorie Hessell-Tiltman. Each year the prize goes to a historical work of high literary merit covering any historical period until the end of the second world war.

The PEN Pinter Prize is awarded annually to a British writer or a writer resident in Britain of outstanding literary merit who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze upon the world, and shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination …to define the real truth of our lives and our societies’.

The PEN Ackerley Award is given annually to a literary autobiography of outstanding merit.  It is the only such award for life writing.

Latest News in Prizes

PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize 2015 judging panel announced

PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize 2015 judging panel announced

November 18th, 2014

English PEN is delighted to announce that the judges for the 2015 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize are Tom Read more

2015 PEN Hessell-Tiltman prize opens for submissions

2015 PEN Hessell-Tiltman prize opens for submissions

November 7th, 2014

Submissions are open for the 2015 PEN Hessell-Tiltman prize, awarded annually for a non-fiction bookRead more

PEN Pinter Prize – Mazen Darwish’s message – Full text [ARABIC]

PEN Pinter Prize - Mazen Darwish's message - Full text [ARABIC]

October 10th, 2014

On Thursday 9 October 2014, the Syrian journalist and human rights defender Mazen Darwish was announRead more