Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 6, 2020

NO FEE: Pen/Jean Stein Grant For Literary Oral History

PEN/JEAN STEIN GRANT FOR LITERARY ORAL HISTORY

The PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History recognizes a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement. Past winners include Sharony Green, Loida Maritza Pérez, Nyssa Chow, and Aleksandar Hemon.

We’re pleased to announce that beginning with the 2021 grant conferral, we will confer two PEN/Jean Stein Grants for Literary Oral History with increased cash prizes of $15,000 each. All of the submission materials and guidelines will remain the same.

The grants are made possible by a substantial contribution from American author and editor Jean Stein, whose groundbreaking work helped popularize literary oral history. Her books include American Journey: The Times of Robert Kennedy (1970), Edie: An American Biography (1982), and West of Eden: An American Place (2016).

Applications for the 2021 cycle are open April 1 – August 1, 2020. Apply here

ELIGIBILITY AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Applications for the 2021 cycle will be open April 1 – August 1, 2020. Submit here. 

Who is Eligible

  • The submitted project must be the work of a single individual, written in English.
  • The project must be an unpublished work-in-progress.
  • The project must be a work of literary nonfiction.
  • Oral history must be a significant component of the project and its research.

NOT eligible: Scholarly or academic writing

The online submission form requires the following, submitted as one pdf file:

  • A 1-2 page, single-spaced description of the work, its importance, and why the author chose to undertake this project. This space can additionally be used to discuss any permissions, rights, contracts, publication timelines, or other aspects of your project.
  • A 1-2 page, single-spaced statement explaining why and how oral history was used in the project.
  • A 300-500 word statement explaining how a grant would aid in the completion of the project.
  • A CV for the author of the project, which should include information on any previous publications.
  • An outline that includes the work completed thus far and the work remaining. The outline should include the names of all participants.
  • Transcripts of the project interviews (6-10 pages).
  • A writing sample from the project (20-40 pages, double-spaced).

Applications for the 2021 cycle will be open April 1 – August 1, 2020. 

 
awards@pen.org

https://pen.org/jean-stein-oral-history-grant/

Talk Tomorrow,

Kathy


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