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‘For anyone who believes that words can help us chart a path, the magazine of PEN International is essential reading.’
Alberto Manguel

‘Reading in the pages of PEN International’s literary review, we celebrate not just our differences but also our common humanity and universal values.’
Azar Nafisi

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PEN International was our biannual literary review featuring original work by contemporary writers from around the world, for readers around the world. Contributors included some of the most illustrious writers working today, as well as emerging writers from uncharted literary territory.

Founded in 1950 as the Bulletin of Selected Books, it was originally a compendium of literary reviews with a focus on world literature. Over the years the magazine expanded to include essays, short stories and poems, whether original or reprinted from other sources. PEN International, in its current format, first appeared in 1982.

Contributors included:
Adonis, Margaret Atwood, Lydia Cacho, Siobhan Dowd, Nawal El-Saadawi, Moris Farhi, Antonia Fraser, Nadine Gordimer, Günter Grass, Han Suyin, Liu Hongbin, Chenjerai Hove, Alberto Manguel, Salim Matar, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Ben Okri, Moniro Ravanipour, Salman Rushdie, Wole Soyinka, Hilary Spurling, Lars Gustafsson, Peter Porter, Mario Soldati, Stefan Themerson, Mario Vargas Llosa, Stephen Spender, Aamer Hussein, Norman Mailer, Danilo Kiš, Michael Holyroyd, Petina Gappah, David Gascoyne, Chenjerai Hove, Duo Duo, Muhammad Afifi Matar, Gerhard Schoenberner, Aung San Suu Kyi, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Václav Havel, Doan Viet Hoat, Claudio Magris, Henning Mankell, Aleksandar Hemon, Chinua Achebe, Andrej Blatnik, Ernesto Cardenal, Dubravka Ugrešić, Les Murray, Ko Un, Binyavanga Wainaina, Yang Lian, James Kelman and many others.

See our submission guidelines here.

For further information please contact James Tennant, PEN International’s Literature & Strategic Partnerships Manager: james.tennant[at]pen-international.org


You can enjoy abridged versions of past editions published between 2007–10 by clicking on the images above

PEN International has been supported in part by the Sigrid Rausing Trust, UNESCO and Bloomberg.