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.
• 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.
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
• For works written
by two or more persons, the majority of the writers must reside west of the
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.
anthologies, literary journals, and “Best Of” collections are ineligible.
• 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
•BOOKS MUST BE RECEIVED BY DECEMBER 31, 2017.
•Pack books securely! Poorly wrapped packages have arrived torn and missing forms and
identification, leading to disqualification.
• Entry fees are
• Submissions will
not be returned.