The 2017-2018 Writing Fellow:
The Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship For New Parents
In addition to a full year of promotion and the publication of the winning story by Brain, Child Magazine, a $1000 prize will be presented to the new Pen Parentis Writing Fellow at a public reading of the winning work at our September Salon Season Opener in Manhattan. Entrants must be the parent of at least one child under 10 years of age, but there are no style or genre limitations on the works of fiction submitted for consideration. Entrants can be at any level of their literary careers.
We want you to write something brand new!
Submissions call for a new, never-published fiction story—any genre, on any subject—of up to 950 words (typed double-spaced on 8 ½ x 11 paper in Times New Roman 12 point or similar font, with one inch margins). Do not put author’s name on this manuscript. Put only the title of the story and the word count.
Please note: we change word count each year because one of the goals of this Fellowship is to keep parents actively working on their craft – the creation of new work is one of our goals!
Anonymity is required on all pages after your cover page.
If submitting electronically, this cover page is replaced by a Submittable form. Attach a fully anonymous document with only the TITLE and WORD COUNT on the cover page. Number your pages. Thanks!
One child must be under 10 years old as of the reading date on Tuesday September 11, 2018. Financial status, prior publication, and hardship stories do not aid your application. Judging is blind. Whether you are submitting electronically or by regular mail, the identifying cover page will be separated from your identity-stripped manuscript. (They will be separated before judging begins, just as with mailed-in submissions.)
The contest seeks submissions starting March 1 and ends the submission period April 17, 2018 (postmark deadline). We accept electronic submissions – but please be advised there is an administrative fee to cover the printing and distribution of these documents.
Judging is blind and based only on the following criteria:
All genres and styles of fiction are welcome. No plays or poetry (we love them, but sorry, no.) Novel excerpts are acceptable if they can stand alone as a story. Simultaneous submissions ok, but notify if published elsewhere. Multiple submissions ok, but separate entry fee for each submission. Entry fees will not be refunded. Previous winners of this fellowship are not eligible. Finalists are welcome to try again.
We have lowered the entry fee!
NEW: Multiple entry discount by mail
Entry is now only $15—and you can enter two stories for $20. Want to enter more? $10 per story.
Entry fees fund the operation of Pen Parentis, Ltd, with priority given to the maintenance of this Fellowship. If you submit online, there is a $5 extra fee to cover costs of using PayPal but if you send your entry by mail, there are no extra fees!
BY MAIL ($15 for first story, $20 for two, $10 for each story after):
BY ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION (each story is $15 + $5 processing fee) multiple entries are allowed, but not discounted. Here is more info on electronic submissions. You can enter your submission from that page.
NEW: SPECIAL RATES FOR PEN PARENTIS TITLE MEMBERS BY MAIL ONLY:
First Entry FREE FOR ALL TITLE MEMBERS (all levels)
Second Entry FREE for FOUNTAIN PEN & SHARPENED PENCIL LEVEL
Third entry – FREE for FOUNTAIN PEN LEVEL
Note that these rates are available to Title Members only by mail (one day we will be able to afford a whole new website with fancy submission packages and all of this will be easy-peasy. In the meantime, write your stories! Submit your stories!)
(find out about becoming a supporting Title Member of Pen Parentis)
Winner will be announced on the Pen Parentis website and by email or phone to the winning author on or before August 15, 2018. Please make sure that author contact information includes either email or phone or both! Shortlisted entries will be announced on the website and our Facebook Page only – please check back in September to see how you did! (sign up for our RSS feed on the blog or to our newsletter to have contest results delivered to your inbox)
Mail entries to: Pen Parentis Writing Fellowship for New Parents, 176 Broadway, Ste. 14F, New York, NY, 10038. You may include a stamped, self-addressed postcard if you wish receipt to be acknowledged. No SASE required as manuscripts will not be returned.
The winning story will be published by the illustrious literary parenting journal: Brain/Child Magazine and the winning author will be showcased for one year on our website as the “Pen Parentis Writing Fellow,” a new emergent author worthy of notice. The Fellow will receive a public showcase of the winning new work in a stunning literary location in New York City, paired with an established author who may function as inspiration and guide.
2010 Fellow Abby Sher read with Jennifer Egan and Darin Strauss
Winner also receives $1000, presented at the Pen Parentis Literary Salon on September 11th, 2018, in conjunction with the reading of the winning work. Pen Parentis will publicize this reading for the author and will provide author with any press clips that mention author’s name. Pen Parentis encourages, but does not require, attendance to subsequent Salons in order to 1) be introduced to other authors and 2) network with prospective editors, agents, and readers. Finally, Pen Parentis will feature the winner on our website for one year, updating his/her accomplishments to the community as notified, and will link to their author website and/or blog, if any, and will promote the author when they attend regular Pen Parentis author salon events.
Important note: Entrants must be the parent of at least one child under 10 yrs old. While we accept submissions from anywhere, applicants are advised that there is no provided travel budget. Winners are responsible for their own transportation costs to the reading location in Manhattan.
The Pen Parentis Fellowship is generously supported by a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation in California, Amazon Smile Foundation, and individual donors. Corporate support is provided by Andaz Wall Street.
Huge thanks to Michael C Allen, CPAs for their continued support!
In association and with great thanks to: