PEN/Jean Stein Announce Grant for Literary Oral History

Jennifer Egan, President, PEN America
Jennifer Egan, President, PEN America

Entries are now open for the PEN/Jean Stein Grant for the Literary Oral History, which  recognises a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement.

Submissions for the 2019 awards cycle will be accepted from June 1, 2018 through August 15, 2018 and the winner receives a $10,000 grant meant to help maintain or complete his or her on-going project and will be honoured at the annual PEN Literary Awards Ceremony in New York City.

Applicants are to submit a project which must be the work of a single individual, written in English; the project must be an unpublished work-in-progress; the project must be a work of literary nonfiction; oral history must be a significant component of the project and its research.

Scholarly or academic writing is not eligible.

The online submission form requires a one to two-page, single-spaced description of the work, its importance, and why the author chose to undertake this 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).

To apply for the 2019 PEN/ Jean Stein grant for Literary Oral History, Click here