At English PEN, we rely on the generous support of our members. You can join us to defend freedom of expression and champion the global exchange of literature and ideas.
People join English PEN for many different reasons, and that’s what helps make our community diverse. As a member, you will:
- Help us to run outreach programmes in schools and community spaces; encourage new translations through grants, prizes and events; campaign for authors in the UK and abroad; celebrate new literature through prizes and our online zine PEN Transmissions; and put on events with writers and readers throughout the year
- Join a community of over 1,000 influential and budding authors, bloggers, translators, readers and activists
- Keep up-to-date on our events, international and national campaigning, outreach and translation work
- Shape our priorities and let us know what matters to you
- Receive voting rights at our AGM
Who can join?
- English PEN membership is open to everyone. We believe that everyone can be a writer and reader.
What do our members say about us?
- ‘PEN isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity.’ Margaret Atwood
- ‘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
How much does it cost?
- Less than £5 a month; the annual subscription rate is £50
- £10 per year for anyone under 26
- You have the option of paying monthly or quarterly as well as annually
How can I join?
- Follow this link to our online membership form