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PEN International announces a New Voices Award

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By Robert G Cope
Posted May 21, 2013 in World
One of the world's oldest writers' organizations, established in the United Kingdom in 1921, PEN International has revived, from its first decade, an emerging-writers' award.
Any of its 146 Centers in about 100 countries may nominate two writers, one male, one female for the New Voices Award.
The writers must be over 17 and under age 30 on the closing date, June 20, 2013.
While the single prize for best entry is $1000 USD, three finalists will receive all-expense paid trips to present their work at the Annual PEN International Congress for 2013, in Iceland.
Terms of entry are available at pen-international.org. Click on "Awards."
Making this award accessible is no entry fee and email submissions.
The prose of 2,000-4,000 words, must however be in English, French or Spanish, or -- it appears from the Awards announcement -- that assessments will be arranged through PEN International to have submissions translated, as well as made available in the native language. .
As most contests of the written word award attract hundreds and, indeed, 1000s of entries, if, say, 100 PEN Centers provide two submissions, the list of entrants may only be about 200.
The PEN International President, John Ralston Saul, is a resident of Canada. The international headquarters is in London.

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