06/20/2014 01:58 pm ET Updated Aug 20, 2014

SHORTLISTED: The 2014 PEN Literary Awards

Spanning fiction, essays, science writing, biography, sports writing, translation and children's books, the 2014 PEN Literary Awards celebrate the best of literature from around the world. PEN extends their congratulations to the writers and translators who have been recognized in this round of deliberations by its many distinguished and discerning judges.

2014 PEN Literary Awards Shortlists - in Pictures

"The PEN Literary Awards bring together writers, editors and members of the literary community to celebrate the ultimate fruit of free expression: great literature," said PEN Executive Director Suzanne Nossel. "These shortlists represent a remarkable array of diverse talents. We are honored to draw attention to these distinguished works, to congratulate the wonderful writers who created them, and to thank the dedicated judges who have read thousands of books and manuscripts in order to make very difficult selections."

Winners of the 18 distinct PEN awards, fellowships, grants, and prizes -- totaling nearly $150,000 -- will be announced on July 30.