Ends on November 15, 2017

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 SUBMITTED TO THE PEN CENTER USA LITERARY AWARDS MUST:

• Have been first published between January 1 and December 31, 2017

• Have been professionally published by a publisher with national distribution

• Have been written by writers and translators whose primary residence when writing the

   work was west of the Mississippi River in the United States, including all of Minnesota

   and Louisiana

         - U.S. citizenship not required

         - For books written by multiple authors, the majority of the writers must have        

            resided primarily west of the Mississippi River when writing the work

• Contain only verifiable forewords, afterwords, bios, quotations, blurbs, awards citations, and/or any items not written by the author but included in the submission

• Contain the signed Declaration of Eligibility form 

INELIGIBLE:

• Self-published books 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

For additional clarification, visit our FAQ at penusa.org/awards or email awards@penusa.org.

 WHEN YOU HAVE CONFIRMED YOUR ELIGIBILITY:

• Complete entry form via Submittable by midnight PST on November 15, 2017.

 • Mail four (4) copies of each title, postmarked by November 30, 2017, and scheduled to arrive no later than December 15, 2017, to:

          PEN Center USA Literary Awards

          8549 Wilshire Boulevard #355

          Beverly Hills, CA  90211

 • Entry fees are non-refundable. 

 • Submissions will not be returned.

• PEN Center USA reserves the right to make any and all determinations as to a book's eligibility and reserves the right, at any time, to remove a book from the competition. In any such determinations, PEN Center USA's decision shall be binding.

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