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
November 18th, 2014
English PEN is delighted to announce that the judges for the 2015 PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize are Tom Read more
November 7th, 2014
Submissions are open for the 2015 PEN Hessell-Tiltman prize, awarded annually for a non-fiction bookRead more
October 10th, 2014
On Thursday 9 October 2014, the Syrian journalist and human rights defender Mazen Darwish was announRead more