Each year, English PEN presents three awards to outstanding writers – the PEN Pinter Prize, the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize, and the PEN Ackerley Prize. Funded by and in honour of former PEN members and significant literary figures, these prizes recognise excellence in historical nonfiction, literary autobiography, and entire bodies of literature for their courageous and unflinching approach to the written word.

Previous winners include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sir Salman Rushdie, Raif Badawi, Margaret Atwood, Amy Liptrot, Henry Marsh, Mazen Darwish, Hanif Kureishi, Roberto Saviano, David Olusoga, Jenny Diski, Diana Athill, Alan Bennett and Sonali Deraniyagala.