Writing Competition from Pen America for Literary Oral History 2021

Date limite : 01 août 2020

Association Académique: PEN America

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Writing Competition from Pen America for Literary Oral History 2021

Pen America is offering a competition in Writing for Literary Oral History.  The competition recognizes a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement. There are two PEN/Jean Stein Grants for Literary Oral History with increased cash prizes of $15,000 each. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The submitted project must be the work of a single individual, written in English.
  • The project must be an unpublished work-in-progress.
  • The project must be a work of literary nonfiction.
  • Oral history must be a significant component of the project and its research.
  • NOT eligible: Scholarly or academic writing

Award:

Cash prizes of $15,000 each.

Required Documents:

The online submission form requires the following, submitted as one pdf file:

  • A 1-2 page, single-spaced description of the work, its importance, and why the author chose to undertake this project. This space can additionally be used to discuss any permissions, rights, contracts, publication timelines, or other aspects of your project.
  • A 1-2 page, single-spaced statement explaining why and how oral history was used in the project. 
  • A 300-500 word statement explaining how a grant would aid in the completion of the project.
  • A CV for the author of the project, which should include information on any previous publications.
  • An outline that includes the work completed thus far and the work remaining. The outline should include the names of all participants.
  • Transcripts of the project interviews (6-10 pages).
  • A writing sample from the project (20-40 pages, double-spaced).

About PEN America:

Founded in 1922, PEN America is the largest of the more than 100 centers worldwide that make up the PEN International network. PEN America works to ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to access the views, ideas, and literature of others. PEN America is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The network includes more than 7,200 novelists, journalists, nonfiction writers, editors, poets, essayists, playwrights, publishers, translators, agents, and other writing professionals, as well as devoted readers and supporters who join with them to carry out PEN America’s mission.

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