The PEN Center USA Literary Awards competition is the nation's most prestigious open submissions awards program accepting work published or produced by writers living west of the Mississippi River. Entries in eleven categories—fiction, creative nonfiction (includes memoirs), research nonfiction (includes biographies), poetry, young adult, graphic literature, translation, journalism (print and online), drama, screenplay, and teleplay—are reviewed and judged by panels of distinguished writers, critics, and editors. Winners are announced in the late summer. Each winner receives a $1,000 cash prize, a one-year membership to PEN Center USA, and two tickets to the Literary Awards Festival in the fall.
Deadline: November 15, 2017. https://www.penusa.org/awards
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