Forbidden Knowledge

History warns us of the dangers of banning books, but the effects of information control on imprisoned women are intimate and profound. More

Now This Man

Joseph Grosso was awarded 2nd Place in Nonfiction Essay in the 2022 Prison Writing Contest. Every year, hundreds of imprisoned people from around the country submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and… More

Annual Prison Writing Contest

PEN America sponsors an annual writing contest for prisoners. Anyone incarcerated in a federal, state, or county prison in the year before the September 1 deadline is eligible to… More

PEN America Prison Writing Award Winners: 2022

For over three decades, hundreds of imprisoned writers from around the country submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and dramatic works every year to PEN America’s annual Prison Writing Awards More

Can’t Win PEN

Brandon Amos was awarded 2nd Place in Drama in the 2022 Prison Writing Contest. Every year, hundreds of imprisoned people from around the country submit poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and dramatic… More