Ends on July 15, 2018

The PEN Center USA Literary Awards program is accepting teleplays by writers living west of the Mississippi River. Entries are reviewed and judged by panels of distinguished writers, critics, and editors. 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.


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

• Teleplays must have aired between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 to be eligible.

• Only original written material is eligible for submission. 

• Documentaries are ineligible. News/talk shows are ineligible.


Form with pdf of script attached must be submitted via Submittable by July 15, 2018. 

• Mail check for $35 per entry payable to PEN Center USA, and postmarked by July 31, to:               PEN Center USA, 8549 Wilshire Blvd. #355, Beverly Hills, CA  90211                                                   INDICATE TITLE OF TELEPLAY(S) ON CHECK!

Mail check payment with copy of entry form, postmarked by July 31, 2018, to: PEN Center USA Literary Awards, 8549 Wilshire Blvd. #355, Beverly Hills, CA  90211.

Entry fees are non-refundable. 

Submissions will not be returned.

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