PEN American Center Announces 2013 Shortlists

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Dennis Abrams

pen america 2013PEN American Center, the largest branch of what is known as the world’s leading literary and human rights organization, today announced the shortlists for the 2013 PEN Literary Awards.

These awards are given to honor outstanding voices in literature, across such diverse fields as fiction, poetry, science writing, essays, sports writing, biography, children’s literature, translation, and drama. In all, PEN will give out 16 distinct awards, fellowships, grants, and prizes in 2013, awarding nearly $150,000 to writers, editors, and translators.

“We are proud that PEN’S Literary Awards are the most comprehensive in the country,” said PEN Executive Director, Suzanne Nossel. “This year we saw a record number of submissions from both traditional and independent publishers, including an impressive showing of emerging authors — a true testament to the impact these awards have on the literary community, at home and abroad.”

The shortlists include:

PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, given to an author whose debut work — a first novel or collection of short stories published in 2012 — represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.

PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction, given to an author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues which ahs been publishing in the United States during 2011 or 2012.

PEN/Steven Kroll Award for Picture Book Writing, to a writer of an exceptional story illustrated in a picture book published in 2012.

PEN Translation Prize, for a book-length translation of prose into English published in 2012.

The final winners and runners-up will be announced later this summer and will be honored at the 2013 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on Monday, October 21, 2013, at CUNY Graduate Center’s Proshansky Auditorium in New York City.

See all the shortlisted titles here.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.