High School Students: Last Chance to Enter 2014 Essay Contest!

Gala Essay Contest Photo This summer, renowned writers around the country will write short pieces on the theme of “Danger” in preparation for the annual PEN/Faulkner Gala. Now you have the same opportunity! Two D.C. public or public charter high school students will be selected to share the stage at our gala celebration of literature. All you have to do is write your heart out: What does danger mean to you?  If you will be enrolled in a D.C. public or public charter high school for the 2014-2015 school year, you are eligible to enter!

  • Entries should be in the form of a short story or a short personal essay. No poetry.
  • Entries should be ~500 words. A test: can you read the piece aloud in 3 minutes?
  • Entries are accepted via e-mail. Send to wins@penfaulkner.org
  • Entries will be judged by members of the PEN/Faulkner Board of Directors.

The Prize: On October 6, winners will be our V.I.P. guests at a black-tie gala dinner at the Folger Shakespeare Library, reading their work onstage alongside 10 professional writers. Winners will also receive two year-long subscriptions to the PEN/Faulkner Reading Series. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014. Questions? E-mail wins@penfaulkner.org