Attention American PEN members

Great news: there’s still time to submit a letter of nomination for PEN’s awards. Our awards program—the most comprehensive in the country—will present 20 awards in 2012, and one of the many benefits of PEN Membership is the ability to submit letters of recommendation on behalf of your colleagues. Help honor a writer whose contributions to literature in the field of poetry, drama, children’s literature, or sports writing deserve recognition and praise. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2012, so send your letters today.

We invite you to write a letter of nomination for:

The PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry ($5,000): This award recognizes a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work represents a notable presence in American literature. Past Voelker Award winners include Linda Gregg, Robert Pinsky, Frederick Seidel, Heather McHugh, C. K. Williams, Franz Wright, and Jane Kenyon.

The PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award for a Playwright in Mid Career ($7,500): This award acknowledges a dramatist whose literary achievements are vividly apparent in the rich and striking language of his or her work. Past winners include Marcus Gardley, Lynn Nottage, Tony Kushner, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Sarah Ruhl, among others.

The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship ($5,000): This fellowship is for an author of children’s or young adult fiction who has published at least two books, to assist in completing a book-length work-in-progress. Past recipients of the Fellowship include Lucy Frank, Graham McNamee, Lori Aurelia Williams, Franny Billingsley, Amanda Jenkins, and Barbara Shoup.

The PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing ($5,000): This award honors a writer whose body of work represents an exceptional contribution to the field. In 2011, the inaugural year, the award went to Roger Angell.

PEN is committed to recognizing and rewarding the accomplishments of outstanding voices in literature, and our awards program, in tandem with our work in defense of free expression, signals our devotion to the celebration of literature. Help us by nominating your colleagues for the PEN Literary Awards today.

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