Deadline : March 2, 2021 3:00 pm CT or when 1000 applications have been received
Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards 2021 Program for U.S Public High School seniors
Penguin Random House is passionate about encouraging the next generation of readers and authors and promoting diverse voices and stories.
Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards 2021 ELIGIBILTY
Applicants to the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards Program in Partnership with We Need Diverse Books must:
- Be current high school seniors at a public high school in the United States
- Be 21 years of age and under
- Plan to enroll in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or approved vocational-technical school Fall 2021
- Submit one original literary composition in English in one of the following genres of poetry, spoken word, fiction/drama or personal essay/memoir.
- All submissions must be typed, double-spaced with a minimum 12 point font size and no longer than 10 pages.
- All literary pages with multiple pages must be numbered with a page number and total number of pages (Ex. 1/3, 2/3, 3/3).
- A four-page minimum is recommended for the fiction/drama genre.
- Spoken word entries must upload a typed entry along with an emailed audio format file.
- Only one entry per student may be submitted and considered.
Only the first 1000 applications will be accepted.
Awards will be distributed as follows:
- $10,000 Maya Angelou Award for Spoken-Word Poetry
- $10,000 Poetry
- $10,000 Fiction/Drama
- $10,000 Personal Essay/Memoir
Fifty Honorable Mention recipients will receive a “Creativity Kit” gift from Penguin Random House.
In recognition of the Creative Writing Awards previously being centered on New York City and as an extension of our longtime work with local schools there, we will also offer an additional first-place prize of $10,000 to the top entrant from the NYC area.
Winners will be announced and posted on the Penguin Random House Creative Writing website at https://social-impact.penguinrandomhouse.com/creativewriting/ in early June.
Payment of Scholarships
Scholarship America will process scholarship award payments on behalf of Penguin Random House. All awards will be paid over four(4) years, and cannot be deferred beyond one year.
Penguin Random House reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including termination of the program.
General Rules and Criteria
- All submissions must be typed, double-spaced with a minimum 12 point font size, and no longer than 10 pages.
- All literary submissions with multiple pages must be numbered with a page number and total number of pages (Ex. 1/3, 2/3, 3/3).
- A four-page minimum is recommended in the fiction/drama genre.
- All uploaded entries must be clear and legible.
- You may submit only one entry to the competition.
- All entries must be original works. We do not accept plagiarism or copyright infringement.
Literary compositions are judged by their technical merit; however, artistic expression is our core criterion. We are looking for writing with a strong, clear voice by authors who are daring, original and unafraid to take risks.
All judging will be under the supervision of We Need Diverse Books and Penguin Random House by a specially selected panel of judges. The decision of the judges will be final. In the event there is an insufficient number of entries in any category which meet the minimum standards established by the judges, Penguin Random House reserves the right not to award any prize. Winners agree to the use by Penguin Random House or any of it subsidiaries or divisions of their names, addresses, likenesses, photographs and entries for promotional and similar purposes without further compensation or notification. Winners are solely responsible for any applicable state, federal or other taxes. Penguin Random House and Scholarship America cannot be held responsible for lost, late or misdirected mail or e-mail communications. No entries will be returned.