The annual disability focused Pen 2 Paper Creative Writing Competition (P2P) is open for 2019! P2P will be celebrating its tenth year of sharing and recognizing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and comics 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. One Grand Prize winner will receive $500 USD, and a 1st Place winner in each of the four divisions will receive $100 USD. Some revisions have been made to contest rules and submission instructions from last year, please review before submitting. This year's contest closes August 1.

We are also thrilled to announce that Pen 2 Paper, in collaboration with Oleb Books, will introduce the Oleb Books Personal Essay Award (OBPEA) to this year's contest. Although similar to the Nonfiction division, the OBPEA division will differ in some important ways. Please review guidelines before submitting. Multiple winners will be chosen for the OBPEA and will receive a special Oleb Books Prize package, consisting of $50 USD, the publication of their entry in Oleb Books' anthology, and the promotion of their work through a national marketing campaign by Oleb Books. Learn more about our collaboration and read Oleb Books' press release about the OBPEA!

More about Pen 2 Paper

P2P's goals are to

  • give writers with disabilities a forum where they can share their work.
  • bring awareness to disability issues through the arts.
  • 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.

Ends on August 1, 2019

1. Deadline is 11:59 CST August 1, 2019.

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.

Fiction entries will be eligible to win the P2P 2019 Grand Prize of $500 (USD) and Fiction 1st Place prize of $100 (USD).

1. Deadline is 11:59 CST August 1, 2019.

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. Longer works may be submitted to the Oleb Books Personal Essay Award (OBPEA) division. 

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.

Non-fiction entries will be eligible to win the P2P 2019 Grand Prize of $500 (USD) and Non-fiction 1st Place prize of $100 (USD).

Ends on August 1, 2019

1. Deadline is 11:59 CST August 1, 2019.

2. One entry per person per division. (You may submit only one poem to the poetry division. You may also enter one submission in each of the other divisions.)

3. Poetry word limit: one poem, up five pages.

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.

Poetry entries will be eligible to win the P2P 2019 Grand Prize of $500 (USD) and Poetry 1st Place prize of $100 (USD).

1. Deadline is 11:59 CST August 1, 2019.

2. One entry per person per division. (You may submit only one entry to the graphic narrative/ comics division. You may also enter one submission in each of the other divisions.)

3. Graphic narrative/ comics page limit: up to 20 pages.

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.

Graphic narrative entries will be eligible to win the P2P 2019 Grand Prize of $500 (USD) and Graphic Narrative 1st Place prize of $100 (USD).

1. Deadline is 11:59 CST August 1, 2019.
2. One entry per person per division. (You may submit only one entry to the OBPEA division. You may also enter one submission in each of the other divisions.)
3. OBPEA word limit: between 5,000 and 8,000 words. Shorter works may be submitted to the Non-fiction (short form) division.
4. Entry MUST be previously unpublished.
5. Entry must incorporate the OBPEA 2019 theme: parenting. We understand that sometimes a sister or brother, aunt or uncle, or even a neighbor can step into a parental role and are open to such stories. We want to hear all about Lamaze classes, PTA meetings, planning for a bar mitzvah or Quinceanera, and those tough talks that happen when you least expect them.
6. Entries are accepted from anywhere in the world.

Multiple winners will be chosen for the OBPEA. Each winner will receive an Oleb Book Prize package, consisting of: 

  • $50 (USD)
  • publication of their entry in Oleb Books' anthology, and
  • promotion of their work through a national marketing campaign by Oleb Books.
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