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


2013 PEN Southwest Book Awards

May 23, 2013

PEN Texas invites all writers in the Southwestern states to participate in the 2013 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, 2011 and August 1, 2013. Self-published books are eligible. Translations must be into English.

Entries must be received no later than September 1, 2013.

Please submit three copies of each title and the receipt of payment. Mail to Dr. Tim Redman, School of Arts and Humanities MS JO 31, The University of Texas at Dallas, P.O. Box 830688, Richardson, TX 75083. To pay the entry fee, please use the button below. The site will accept Paypal and all major credit cards.

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


Salgado Maranhão, Brazilian Poet, reads in Dallas

September 21, 2012

The acclaimed Brazilian poet, Salgado Maranhão, will read at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary Saturday, November 17, 2012, at 5:30.

Heralded as “one of the finest poets of his generation,” Maranhão will read together with his prize-winning translator, Alexis Levitin. The evening will be in both Portuguese and English.

The author of ten books, Maranhão has won the poetry prize of the Brazilian Academy of Letters (2011) and the Jabuti Award (1999), Brazil’s greatest literary prize.

The night’ s first reader will be Susan Briante, professor of Creative Writing at The University of Texas at Dallas. Her widely published poetry includes Pioneers in the Study of Motion (Ahsahta Press,  2007), which traces her experiences over seven years in Mexico City.

The evening is cosponsored by PEN Texas and The Writer’s Garrett.