The English PEN writing competition for prisoners

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We have campaigned against the recent Government ban on books being sent to prisoners from outside, and have arranged delivery for over 1,000 books for  Wormwood Scrubs Book Room project. We work with Oxford University Press to enable free dictionaries to be sent into prison communities.

The 2014 English PEN writing competition  for prisoners will roll out at the end of October. This is our fourth year and we are delighted to announce that multi-award-winning author Meg Rosoff is this year’s judge. There will be the usual themed categories for Fiction, Memoir and Poetry,  Flash Fiction -and  – for the communities of keen readers in prisons – the Book Review section.

English PEN will publish the winners, runners –up and highly commended entries in a beautifully designed pamphlet as in previous years .

The closing date for entries is 12 December 2014.

Download the entry form here.

8 Comments on “The English PEN writing competition for prisoners”

  1. I am hoping to use this year`s English Pen writing competition as a stimulus for my Creative Writing class; plus as outreach material for the wider prison population. We did enter on a previous occasion and very much want to enter again this year.
    Unfortunately, I cannot find any specific details about this year`s competition on your website?
    If you are sending details about it into prisons, could you please send some on to me as follows:-
    Rose Simpson
    Education Dept.,
    Gaol Road,
    ST16 3AW

    Many thanks,

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