The annual disability focused Pen 2 Paper Creative Writing Competition (P2P) is open for 2020! P2P looks forward to our eleventh year of sharing and recognizing fiction, non-fiction, and poetry on the topic of disability.

Submissions are accepted from anywhere in the world and from writers of any age, ability or disability, and writing level. 1st ($200), 2nd ($100), and 3rd ($50) prizes are awarded in each division.

P2P's goals are to

  • give writers with disabilities a forum where they can share their work.
  • bring awareness to disability issues through the written word.
  • challenge people of all ages to think, rethink, and express their stories, perspectives, fears, and discoveries about disability.

P2P is the ONLY disability-focused creative writing competition in Texas (correct us if we're wrong!). And while P2P is based in Texas, we welcome entries from other states and countries.

Each year, entries are evaluated by a panel of volunteer judges, and prizes are awarded to the top entries in each category. Winners and finalists will be posted on P2P's website.

Local and state sponsors and volunteers help make the competition possible by contributing their time, expertise, products, services, and energy.

Pen 2 Paper is a project of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Texas’ oldest and largest cross-disability advocacy organization. CTD is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with Federal Tax ID #74-2071160.

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1. Deadline is 11:59 CST August 14, 2020.
2. One entry per person per division. (You may submit only one entry to the fiction division. You may also enter one submission in each of the other divisions.)
3. Fiction word limit: up to 5,000 words.
4. ALL entries must incorporate disability as a theme OR include a major character with a disability.
5. We accept previously published work and work that has been submitted to other publications.
6. While P2P is based in Texas, people from other states or countries are welcome to enter.


Prizes for the Fiction division of Pen 2 Paper:

  • 1st Place: $200
  • 2nd Place: $100
  • 3rd Place: $50
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$5.00

1. Deadline is 11:59 CST August 14, 2020.
 2. One entry per person per division. (You may submit only one entry to the non-fiction division. You may also enter one submission in each of the other divisions.)
 3. Non-fiction word limit: up to 5,000 words.
 4. ALL entries must incorporate disability as a theme OR include a major character with a disability.
 5. We accept previously published work and work that has been submitted to other publications.
 6. While P2P is based in Texas, people from other states or countries are welcome to enter.

Prizes for the Non-Fiction division of Pen 2 Paper:
 

  • 1st Place: $200
  • 2nd Place: $100
  • 3rd Place: $50
     


Ends on $5.00
$5.00

1. Deadline is 11:59 CST August 14, 2020.
 2. One entry per person per division. (You may submit only one entry to the poetry division. You may also enter one submission in each of the other divisions.)
 3. Fiction word limit: one poem, up to five pages. Please do not submit multiple poems.
 4. ALL entries must incorporate disability as a theme OR include a major character with a disability.
 5. We accept previously published work and work that has been submitted to other publications.
 6. While P2P is based in Texas, people from other states or countries are welcome to enter.

Prizes for the Poetry division of Pen 2 Paper:
 

  • 1st Place: $200
  • 2nd Place: $100
  • 3rd Place: $50
     


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