Winners of the 2017 PEN Southwest Book Awards

June 12, 2018

PEN Texas is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Southwest Book Awards. The winners in each category receive a $500 prize.

Creative Nonfiction
Judge: Robin Underdahl

Edward McPherson
The History of the Future: American Essays
Coffee House Press

Judge’s Comments: “The History of the Future is about contradictions. It plumbs the shame and glory of seven locations in the United States: Dallas, Gettysburg, St. Louis, New York City, Los Alamos, the Bakken oil field in North Dakota, and Los Angeles. McPherson’s choices cover north, south, east, west, and center and display remarkably diverse drama. Edward McPherson resists the urge to simplify — American life is kind of a mess and he is okay with that. He explores subjects of deep moral significance and complexity from a stance that is honest, without being either holy or snide. Instead, he invites us to think. The book achieves a large scope through specificity. It is at once sobering and awe-inspiring.”

Fiction
Judge: LaToya Watkins

Owen Egerton
Hollow
Soft Skull Press

Judge’s Comments: “Oliver Bonds is a good man who loses his son and gives up on everything. Essentially, his is a story about letting go of faith and everything that follows that choice. In Hollow, Owen Egerton masterfully tells a story about life, death, and coping with loss. Through Oliver, Egerton shows us how love can be beautiful and has the power to create, but also how love can be tragic and has the power to break. In this incredibly beautiful and realistic story of human struggle and will to survive, one man is broken and rebuilt by the love that operates from within his very core.”

Poetry
Judge: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Chera Hammons
The Traveler’s Guide to Bomb City
purple flag press

Judge’s Comments: “‘Science tells us dogs // have no sense of now, or tomorrow. // Their ears grow cold as they pad // on wet stones slow-wagging their tails // to the deafening middle // of wherever they are led.’ Each entry in The Traveler’s Guide to Bomb City, by Chera Hammons, delivers us into some scene wrought with an astute take on life on the Southern Plains, narrowing us into empathy, into some depth in the query awakening. This book deserves a close read and we are the better for it being here.”

Award-Winning Authors and Titles, 2013 – 2005

Winners of the 2015 Southwest Book Awards

Winners of the 2013 Southwest Book Awards

Winners of the 2011 Southwest Book Awards

Winners of the 2009 Southwest Book Awards

Winners of the 2007 Southwest Book Awards

Winners of the Writing Contest for Writers Over Sixty Years of Age

Winners of the 2005 PEN Southwest Book Awards

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Shortlist, 2017 PEN Southwest Book Awards

March 23, 2018

PEN Texas is pleased to announce the shortlisted titles for the 2017 Southwest Book Awards. The winners in each category will receive a $500 prize. PEN Texas will issue a formal announcement re: winning titles in early summer 2018.

Creative Nonfiction
Judge: Robin Underdahl

Leah Lax
Uncovered
She Writes Press
Edward McPherson
The History of the Future: American Essays
Coffee House Press

Fiction
Judge: Latoya Watkins

Owen Egerton
Hollow
Soft Skull Press
José Skinner
The Tombstone Race
University of New Mexico Press
David Eric Tomlinson
The Midnight Man
Simon & Schuster

Poetry
Judge: Allison Hedge Coke

Chera Hammons
The Traveler’s Guide to Bomb City
purple flag press
Karla K. Morton
Wooden Lions
Texas Review Press

 


Submit to the 2017 PEN Southwest Book Awards!

May 2, 2017

PEN Texas invites all writers in the Southwestern states to participate in the 2017 contest for excellence in writing in the categories of Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, and Literary Translation. The winner in each category will receive a $500 prize, co-sponsored by PEN Center USA and PEN Texas.

The contest is open to full (regular) members of PEN Center USA and PEN America living in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. It is also open to Associate Members of PEN Texas. Entries must be books published between May 15, 2015 and August 1, 2017. Self-published books are eligible. Translations must be into English.

Entries must be received no later than September 1, 2017.

(1) To pay the $25 entry fee, please use the button below. The site will accept Paypal and all major credit cards.

(2) Then email a copy of your PayPal transaction ID (or a copy of your PayPal invoice), along with the following info, to pen.tx.usa@gmail.com.

  • Author’s name
  • Title of the book being entered
  • Genre of the title being entered (poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and literary translation)

(3) Finally, mail three copies of each title to:

  • PEN SOUTHWEST BOOK AWARDS
  • Joe Milazzo
  • 2639 Sharpview Lane
  • Dallas, TX, 75228

Books will not be returned. For acknowledgement of receipt, please enclose an email address. Please do not send fourth class book rate unless ample time for delivery is assured.

Winners will be announced in late January of 2018.

We look forward to reading your work!


Winners of the 2015 PEN Southwest Book Awards

February 4, 2016

PEN Texas is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Southwest Book Awards. The winners in each category receive a $500 prize.

Creative Nonfiction
Judge: Nicole Stewart Schlesinger

ison Tara Ison
Reeling through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love and Die at the Movies
Soft Skull Press

Judge’s Comments

Fiction
Judge: Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

celt Adrienne Celt
The Daughters
Liveright / W. W. Norton

Judge’s Comments

Poetry
Judge: R. Flowers Rivera

hedgecoke Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Streaming
Coffee House Press

Judge’s Comments

Award-Winning Authors and Titles, 2013 – 2005

Winners of the 2013 Southwest Book Awards

Winners of the 2011 Southwest Book Awards

Winners of the 2009 Southwest Book Awards

Winners of the 2007 Southwest Book Awards

Winners of the Writing Contest for Writers Over Sixty Years of Age

Winners of the 2005 PEN Southwest Book Awards


Shortlist, 2015 PEN Southwest Book Awards

November 13, 2015

PEN Texas is pleased to announce the shortlisted titles for the 2015 Southwest Book Awards. The winners in each category will receive a $500 prize. PEN Texas will issue a formal announcement re: winning titles in January 2016.

Creative Nonfiction
Judge: Nicole Stewart Schlesinger

ison Tara Ison
Reeling through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love and Die at the Movies
Soft Skull Press
meyer Kimberly Meyer
The Book of Wanderings: A Mother-Daughter Pilgrimage
Little, Brown and Company
turchi Peter Turchi
A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic
Trinity University Press

Fiction
Judge: Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

celt Adrienne Celt
The Daughters
Liveright / W. W. Norton
haynes David Haynes
A Star in the Face of the Sky
New Rivers Press
story Peter J. Story
Things Grak Hates
Paper Newt

Poetry
Judge: R. Flowers Rivera

cortez Sarah Cortez
Cold Blue Steel
Texas Review Press
gonzalez Ray Gonzalez
Beautiful Wall
BOA Editions
hedgecoke Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
Streaming
Coffee House Press
stratton W. K. Stratton
Ranchero Ford / Dying in Red Dirt Country
Lamar University Press

2015 PEN Southwest Book Awards

May 26, 2015

PEN Texas invites all writers in the Southwestern states to participate in the 2015 contest for excellence in writing in the categories of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and literary translation. The winner in each category will receive a $500 prize, co-sponsored by PEN Center USA and PEN Texas.

The contest is open to full (regular) members of PEN Center USA and PEN America living in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. It is also open to Associate Members of PEN Texas. Entries must be books published between May 15, 2013 and August 1, 2015. Self-published books are eligible. Translations must be into English.

Entries must be received no later than September 1, 2015.

Please submit three copies of each title. Mail to: Joe Milazzo, 2639 Sharpview Lane, Dallas, TX, 75228.

The books will not be returned. For acknowledgement of receipt, please enclose an email address. Please do not send fourth class book rate unless ample time for delivery is assured. Please label parcels “PEN SOUTHWEST BOOK AWARDS.”


Winners of the 2013 PEN Southwest Book Awards

November 15, 2013

PEN Texas is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Southwest Book Awards. The winners in each category receive a $500 prize.

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FICTION
Body and Bread by Nan Cuba (Engine Books), as selected by Miroslav Penkov
shortlisted: From This Wicked Patch of Dust by Sergio Troncoso (University of Arizona Press)
judge’s comments

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POETRY
Brazos, Carry Me by Pablo Miguel Martinez, as selected by Dallie Clark
shortlisted: Begging for Vultures: New and Selected Poems, 1994-2009 by Lawrence Welsh (University of New Mexico Press)
judge’s comments

Winners of the 2011 Southwest Book Awards

Winners of the 2009 Southwest Book Awards

Winners of the 2007 Southwest Book Awards

Winners of the Writing Contest for Writers Over Sixty Years of Age

Winners of the 2005 PEN Southwest Book Awards