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The submission period for the 2015 Annual Literary Awards is now open.*
 
 
PEN Center USA is one of two PEN centers in the United States, and focuses on writers living west of the Mississippi. PEN Center USA’s annual awards program, established in 1982, is a unique, regional competition that recognizes literary excellence in eleven categories: fiction, creative nonfiction, research nonfiction, poetry, children’s literature, graphic literature, translation, journalism, drama, teleplay, and screenplay. Each winner is entitled to a $1,000 cash prize, a free year of membership with PEN Center USA, and an invitation to the annual Literary Awards Festival in Beverly Hills in the fall of 2015.
 
Recent winners in the teleplay and screenplay categories include 
Zero Dark ThirtyBridesmaidsMilk, and episodes of Breaking BadHouse, and Homeland.
 
Los Angeles has one of the largest and most vibrant literary communities in the country, and your submission may be prominently displayed in front of more than 400 of the most important tastemakers in the city at the Literary Awards Festival, a gala event that is always well-covered by both local and national media.
*Deadline for the book category submissions is December 31, 2014. The non-book category is open until Feburary 28, 2015.
 


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PEN Center USA’s annual awards program, established in 1982, is a unique, regional competition that recognizes literary excellence in eleven categories: fictioncreative nonfictionresearch nonfictionpoetry, children’s literature, graphic literature, translation, journalism, drama, teleplay, and screenplay. Past award winners and honorees include:

Woody Allen Morgan Entrekin Robert Pinsky
Rudolfo Anaya Carrie Fisher Gideon Raff
Paul Thomas Anderson Matt Fraction Joe Sacco
Mark Boal Betty Friedan Dan Savage
Ray Bradbury Alex Gansa Neil Simon
T.C. Boyle Howard Gordon Oliver Stone
Sandra Cisneros Matt Groening Danny Strong
George Clooney Charlie Kaufman Michael Tolkin
Daniel Clowes Barbara Kingsolver Gus Van Sant
Cameron Crowe Maxine Hong Kingston Gore Vidal
Joan Didion Ursula K. Le Guin Alice Walker
Ariel & Will Durant Joyce Carol Oates Billy Wilder
Dave Eggers   Steven Zaillian

PEN Center USA accepts submissions of work produced or published in the current calendar year by writers living west of the Mississippi River. Entries in the eleven categories are reviewed and judged by panels of distinguished writers, critics, and editors. Winners are announced the following September and each receives a $1,000 cash prize, a free year of membership with PEN Center USA, and an invitation to the Annual Literary Awards Festival, which is held in Beverly Hills. The Annual Literary Awards Festival includes a dinner, a silent auction or raffle, and the presentation of the literary awards and honoree awards. This gala is the only one of its scope on the West Coast and is attended by more than 400 prominent members of the literary community.