The PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize is an annual award that recognizes a promising young writer of an unpublished work of nonfiction that addresses a global and/or multicultural issue.
This prize is awarded to an unpublished manuscript by a young writer under the age 35 who has had at least one prior publication (articles, essays, op-eds) in a national magazine or journal. The manuscript submission must be an original, previously unpublished work of nonfiction (essay, memoir, general nonfiction, etc.), written by one person, in English, ranging word length from 8,000 to 80,000. The winning manuscript will be chosen by a panel of three judges: distinguished literary authors selected by PEN’s Literary Awards Committee. Manuscripts are judged blind, to avoid any form of bias; the identity of the author of the winning manuscript (and all other submissions) is not known by any judge until after the decision is finalized. Only PEN awards administrators are able to view the submitter’s identity.
This award will be conferred for the first time during PEN’s 2015 Awards cycle.
Eligibility and Submissions for the 2015 Awards
Submissions will be accepted now through February 27, 2015