Ends on November 15, 2017

$40.00 USD

NOTE NEW SUBMISSION OPEN/CLOSE DATES! 

The PEN Center USA Literary Awards program is accepting submissions of work produced or published in 2017 by writers living west of the Mississippi River. Entries in the book categories of fiction, creative nonfiction (includes memoirs), research nonfiction (includes biographies), poetry, translation, and young adult are reviewed and judged by panels of distinguished writers, critics, and editors, who select one winner and up to three finalists for each category.

Winners will be announced in the late summer of 2018. 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 of 2018.

ELIGIBILITY:

Books must have been published between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017. Work may be submitted by writers, or by their publishers, agents, or publicists.

Only professionally published books (i.e., when an author receives payment from a recognized publisher) are considered eligible.

Writers and translators whose primary residence while writing their entries was in the United States, west of the Mississippi River (including all of Minnesota and Louisiana), are eligible. You do not have to be a member of PEN Center USA to submit.

• For works written by two or more persons, the majority of the writers must reside west of the Mississippi River.


INELIGIBLE:

Self-published books are ineligible, including, but not limited to, books published with/by companies such as America Star, AuthorHouse, Author Solutions, Author’s Choice, Book Surge, CreateSpace, iUniverse, Lulu.com, Xlibris, etc.

• E-books, anthologies, literary journals, and “Best Of” collections are ineligible.

 

 TO ENTER:

• NOTE NEW SUBMISSION OPEN/CLOSE DATES!

• Forms must be submitted via Submittable by midnight PST on NOVEMBER 15, 2017. Submit one form per entry. Enter credit card payment information.

• SUBMISSION FORM MUST LIST HOME CITY AND STATE OF AUTHOR. IF PUBLISHER'S ADDRESS IS LISTED FOR AUTHOR, ENTRY WILL BE DEEMED INELIGIBLE.

 •Mail four (4) copies of each title, POSTMARKED BY NOVEMBER 30, 2017, to:

          PEN Center USA Literary Awards

          8549 Wilshire Boulevard #355

          Beverly Hills, CA  90211


•BOOKS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 15, 2017.

 •Pack books securely! Poorly wrapped packages have arrived torn and missing forms and identification, leading to disqualification.

• Entry fees are non-refundable. 

• Submissions will not be returned.


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