PEN American Center

PEN/Open Book Award
Deadline: 
- Check back on October 15 for Upcoming Deadline
E-mail address: 
awards@pen.org

A prize of $5,000 is given annually for book-length work of any genre by a writer of color published in the United States during the previous year. Writers may be of any nationality, and must not have received wide media coverage. Publishers and agents may submit three copies of a book published in 2013 with a letter of recommendation and a $50 entry fee by December 16. Fee waivers are available for small presses. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.

PEN American Center, 588 Broadway, Suite 303, New York, NY 10012. (212) 334-1660, ext. 126.

Current Issue

Cover Story 

Our Independent Publishing Issue features an in-depth interview with Graywolf Press editor Jeff Shotts; a look at the successful partnerships of eleven small-press authors and their editors; a profile of indie essayist Charles D'Ambrosio; Donald Hall recalls a golden age of American poetry; best-selling author Miranda Beverly-Whittemore on the rewards of self-promotion; advice for self-published authors; a conversation with Guernica publisher Lisa Lucas; and much more.

Finding Gems in Lost & Found

by Rebecca Bates

News and Trends

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

The Center for Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City is making the ephemeral more tangible through its Lost & Found chapbook series.

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Let's Just Do This: Eleven Small-Press Authors and their Publishing Partners

by Kevin Larimer

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Eleven small-press authors and their publishing partners discuss the independent approach—and all the passion, commitment, and love that comes with it—to bringing books into the world.

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Agents & Editors: Jeff Shotts

by Michael Szczerban

Special Section

Posted 10.15.14

November/December 2014

Graywolf Press executive editor Jeff Shotts discusses the power of patience in publishing, editing as an act of empathy, and why it’s an exciting time to be a poet.

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