PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

Given by PEN America

65 Works 6,135 Books 293 Reviews ½ 4.0
Stages:
All, Winner (10), Shortlist (30), Longlist (43)
Years:
All, 2019 (10), 2018 (10), 2017 (10), 2016 (10), 2015 (9), 2014 (9), 2013 (4), 2012 (1), 2011 (1), 2010 (1)

Winner 10

Shortlist 30

WorkYear
The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey by Rowan Ricardo Phillips2019
The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism by Howard Bryant2019
The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created by Jane Leavy2019
Limits of the Known by David Roberts2019
Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City by Albert Samaha2019
Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig2018
The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket-Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport by Rafi Kohan2018
Sting Like a Bee: Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971 by Leigh Montville2018
City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles by Jerald Podair2018
Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream by Joe Tone2018
Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA by Joe Nocera2017
The Last Innocents: The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers by Michael Leahy2017
Catching the Sky by Colten Moore2017
Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town by S.l. Price2017
Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game by Erica Westly2017
Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson by Kent Babb2016
The Domino Diaries: My Decade Boxing with Olympic Champions and Chasing Hemingway's Ghost in the Last Days of Castro's Cuba by Brin-Jonathan Butler2016
Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty by Bengie Molina2016
The Grind: Inside Baseball's Endless Season by Barry Svrluga2016
Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500 by Art Garner2015
All Fishermen Are Liars by John Gierach2015
Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game That Changed the World by Nicholas Griffin2015
Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves by James Nestor2015
Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football by Nicholas Dawidoff2014
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein2014
The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko2014
Their Life's Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now by Gary M. Pomerantz2014
Over Time: My Life as a Sportswriter by Frank Deford2013
Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation by Aili McConnon2013
Floyd Patterson: The Fighting Life of Boxing’s Invisible Champion by W. K. Stratton2013

Longlist 43

WorkYear
The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey by Rowan Ricardo Phillips2019
The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism by Howard Bryant2019
The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created by Jane Leavy2019
Limits of the Known by David Roberts2019
Never Ran, Never Will: Boyhood and Football in a Changing American Inner City by Albert Samaha2019
The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars by Sebastian Abbot2019
The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West by John (Watusi) Branch2019
Godspeed: A Memoir by Casey Legler2019
Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times by Mark Leibovich2019
Tropic of Football: The Long and Perilous Journey of Samoans to the NFL by Rob Ruck2019
Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig2018
The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket-Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport by Rafi Kohan2018
Sting Like a Bee: Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971 by Leigh Montville2018
City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles by Jerald Podair2018
Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream by Joe Tone2018
The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball's Most Historic Record by John Eisenberg2018
What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen by Kate Fagan2018
Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception by Terry McDermott2018
Iron Ambition: My Life with Cus D'Amato by Mike Tyson2018
The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse by Tom Verducci2018
Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA by Joe Nocera2017
The Last Innocents: The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers by Michael Leahy2017
Catching the Sky by Colten Moore2017
Playing Through the Whistle: Steel, Football, and an American Town by S.l. Price2017
Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game by Erica Westly2017
Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution by Jonathan Abrams2017
American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise by Joe Drape2017
Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre by Jeff Pearlman2017
Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Randy Roberts2017
Black Gods of the Asphalt: Religion, Hip-Hop, and Street Basketball by Onaje X. O. Woodbine2017
The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Glory by Julie Checkoway2016
The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Los Angeles Dodgers' Wild Struggle to Build a Baseball Powerhouse by Molly Knight2016
Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas2016
Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen2016
Sports and labor in the United States by Michael Schiavone2016
Why Football Matters: My Education in the Game by Mark Edmundson2015
Bird Dream: Adventures at the Extremes of Human Flight by Matt Higgins2015
Thrown by Kerry Howley2015
Life Is a Wheel: Memoirs of a Bike-Riding Obituarist by Bruce Weber2015
Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age by Allen Barra2014
Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football by Rich Cohen2014
Francona: The Red Sox Years by Terry Francona2014
Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down by Dave Zirin2014

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