We are pleased to announce the winners and runners-up of the 2012 PEN Awards, the most comprehensive literary awards program in the country. This year marks PEN’s 90th anniversary. For more than 50 of those years PEN’s Literary Awards program has honored many of the most outstanding voices in literature.
This year, PEN will present 18 awards, fellowships, grants, and prizes—including two awards offered for the first time ever: the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, founded by Barbara Kingsolver and first established in 2000, and the PEN/Steven Kroll Award for text in an illustrated picture book. With the help of its partners and supporters, PEN will confer nearly $175,000 in 2012 to some of the most gifted writers and translators working today.
Award winners and runners-up will be honored at the 2012 PEN Literary Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, at CUNY Graduate Center’s Proshansky Auditorium in New York City.
WINNER: Susan Nussbaum, Good Kings Bad Kings
WINNER: Vanessa Veselka, Zazen
PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Achievement in American Fiction ($25,000):
WINNER: E. L. Doctorow
WINNER: James Gleick, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood
Master American Dramatist: Christopher Durang
American Playwright in Mid-Career: Will Eno and Adam Rapp
WINNER: Christopher Hitchens, Arguably
WINNER: Dan Barry, Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game
WINNER: Dan Jenkins
WINNER: Robert K. Massie, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
WINNER: Siddhartha Deb, The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India
WINNER: Sarah Dooley, Free Verse
WINNER: Patricia C. McKissack, Never Forgotten
WINNER: Toi Derricotte
WINNER: Jen Hofer, Negro Marfil/Ivory Black by Myriam Moscona
WINNER: Delfina Acosta, Versos de amor y de locura
WINNER: Bill Johnston, Stone Upon Stone by Wiesław Myśliwski
WINNER: Margaret Sayers Peden
Bernard Adams, Alexander Booth, Brent Edwards, Joshua Daniel Edwin, Musharraf Ali Farooqi, Deborah Garfinkle, Hillary Gulley, Bonnie Huie, Jacquelyn Pope, Matt Reeck and Aftab Ahmad, Carrie Reed, Nathanaël.
Click here for more information about the prizes, lists of the runners-up, and the winning stories.