The PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History recognizes a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to highlight an event, individual, place, or movement. They have recently announced the commencement of the 2021 grant conferral.
They will confer two PEN/Jean Stein Grants for Literary Oral History with cash prizes of $15,000 each.
Deadline: Submissions will close on August 1, 2020.
- The submitted project must be the work of a single individual, written in English.
- The project must be an unpublished work.
The project must be a work of literary nonfiction (scholarly/academic writing is not eligible).
- Oral history must be a significant component of the project and its research.
How to submit for the PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History
- Make sure to submit a 1-2 page, single-spaced description of the work, its importance, and why the author chose to take on this project. This space can additionally be used to discuss any permissions, rights, contracts, publication timelines, or other aspects of your project.
- A statement of not more than 2 pages, explaining why and how oral history was used in the project.
- Also, a statement of 300-500 words, explaining how this grant would aid in the completion of the project.
- A CV for the author of the project, which should include information on any previous publications.
- An outline that includes the work completed thus far and the work remaining. The outline should include the names of all participants.
- Transcripts of the project interviews (6-10 double-spaced pages).
- A writing sample from the project (20-40 double-spaced pages).
- These documents should be submitted as one PDF file, using a standard 12-point font and 1 inch margin.