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Apply Now: PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship

Justice Center, The Council of State Governments

PEN America is seeking applications for its Writing for Justice Fellowship, which will commission six writers to create written works of lasting merit that illuminate critical issues related to mass incarceration and catalyze public debate. The PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship aims to harness the power of writers and writing in bearing witness to the societal consequences of mass incarceration by capturing and sharing the stories of incarcerated individuals, their families, communities, and the wider impact of the criminal justice system. The fellowship is open-genre, and proposed projects may include—but are not limited to—fictional stories; works of literary or long-form journalism; theatrical, television, or film scripts; memoirs; poetry collections; or multimedia projects. The fellowship is open to writers at any stage of their career. Currently and formerly incarcerated writers are encouraged to apply; special provisions will be made for incarcerated writers to participate through alternative methods.

Learn more and apply. Applications are due by July 1.

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