Why join English PEN?

English PEN is one of the world's oldest human rights organisations, championing the freedom to write and the freedom to read around the world.

With the support of our members – a community of writers, readers and activists – we protect freedom of expression whenever it is under attack. We campaign for writers facing persecution around the world and offer respite residencies for 3-5 writers per year.

We celebrate contemporary international writing through our online magazine, PEN Transmissions, and we award literary grants for translating new works into English.

We bring together outstanding writers, readers and translators for unforgettable conversations and we celebrate courageous writing with three annual literary prizes – the PEN Pinter Prize, the PEN Ackerley Prize and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize.

Join our vibrant community of writers, readers and activists today

Under-26 Member: £10 per year
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PEN Member: £50 per year / £4.50 per month
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PEN Advocate: £150 per year / £12.50 per month
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PEN Protector: £250 per year / £21 per month
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Silver PEN Member: £1,000 per year / £81 per month
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“English PEN has been a rallying point and a voice for free thought and the free transmission of ideas across borders without censorship or threat for almost a century. Let us support PEN and its work now and for always.”

Stephen Fry