PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

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The PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay is awarded by the PEN America (formerly PEN American Center) to an author for a book of original collected essays.[1] The award was founded by PEN Member and author Barbaralee Diamonstein and Carl Spielvogel,[2] former New York Times columnist, "to preserve the dignity and esteem that the essay form imparts to literature."[3] The winner receives a cash award of $10,000.[1]

The award was on hiatus from 2005 to 2010.[1]

The award is one of many PEN awards sponsored by International PEN affiliates in over 145 PEN centres around the world. The PEN American Center awards have been characterized as being among the "major" American literary prizes.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c Writer's Chronicle, "PEN Revives Essay Award", February 2011 issue. Google cache.
  2. ^ Lordina Ash, Avenue, "Record (Setting) Collectors", May 2011, pg. 61
  3. ^ PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, official website.
  4. ^ Alfred Bendixen (2005). "Literary Prizes and Awards". The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 689.
  5. ^ Carolyn Kellogg (August 14, 2013). "Jacket Copy: PEN announces winners of its 2013 awards". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 14, 2013.
  6. ^ John Williams (July 30, 2014). "James Wolcott and Frank Bidart Among 2014 PEN American Winners". New York Times. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "2015 PEN Literary Award Winners". PEN. May 8, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "2016 PEN Literary Award Winners". PEN. June 17, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  9. ^ "2017 PEN/DIAMONSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL AWARD FOR THE ART OF THE ESSAY - PEN America". PEN America. 2017-03-27. Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  10. ^ John Maher (February 21, 2018). "Long Soldier, Zhang, Le Guin Win At 2018 PEN Literary Awards". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "The 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Winners". PEN America. February 20, 2018. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  12. ^ Porter Anderson (January 31, 2018). "Industry Notes: PEN America's Finalists". Publishing Perspectives. Retrieved February 21, 2018.

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