The Prize is awarded annually to a writer from Britain, the Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth 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 winner must the author of a significant body of plays, poetry, or fiction of outstanding literary merit, written in English.
The prize is shared with an international writer of courage selected by English PEN’s Writers at Risk Committee in association with the winner. This half of the prize is awarded to someone who has been persecuted for speaking out about their beliefs.
|Year||British Winner||International Winner|
|2018||Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie||Waleed Abulkhair|
|2017||Michael Longley||Mahvash Sabet|
|2015||James Fenton||Raif Badawi|
|2014||Sir Salman Rushdie||Mazen Darwish|
|2013||Sir Tom Stoppard||Iryna Khalip|
|2012||Carol Ann Duffy||Samar Yazbek|
|2011||Sir David Hare||Roberto Saviano|
|2010||Hanif Kureishi||Lydia Cacho|
|2009||Tony Harrison||Zarganar (Maung Thura)|
Originally posted with the url: www.englishpen.org/prizes/penpinterprize/