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PEN America’s Writing for Justice Fellowship

PEN America’s $10,000 Writing for Justice Fellowship will commission six writers – emerging or established – to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate.

The fellowship aims to “harness the power of writers and writing in bearing witness to the societal consequences of mass incarceration by capturing and sharing the stories of incarcerated individuals, their families, communities, and the wider impact of the criminal justice system.”

The Writing for Justice Fellowship is open-genre, and proposed projects may include – but are not limited to – fictional stories; works of literary or long-form journalism; theatrical, television or film scripts; memoirs; poetry collections; or multimedia projects.

Fellows will receive an honorarium of $10,000 and may request up to $5000 in additional funding for travel and research.

To be eligible to apply, writers must be United States residents and be aged over 21.  Applications should include:

  • A cover page including their name, address, telephone number, email address, and title of the proposed project
  • A project title and brief description (maximum of 100 words)
  • A project proposal (maximum of 750 words)

Applications close on Sunday 1 July 2018. For further information and to apply visit the PEN America website.