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.

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Watch: Lennie Goodings reads Sonali Deraniyagala's PEN Ackerley Prize acceptance speech

July 22nd, 2014

On 14th July Sonali Deraniyagala was named the winner of the PEN Ackerley Prize 2014 for her memoir Read more

Sonali Deraniyagala wins PEN/Ackerley Prize 2014

Sonali Deraniyagala wins PEN/Ackerley Prize 2014

July 14th, 2014

The PEN/Ackerley Prize has been awarded to Sonali Deraniyagala for her memoir Wave published by ViraRead more

PEN/Ackerley Prize 2014 Shortlist Announced

PEN/Ackerley Prize 2014 Shortlist Announced

July 10th, 2014

The PEN/Ackerley Prize is the UK’s only literary prize dedicated to memoir and autobiography and wasRead more