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 works to PEN America’s Prison Writing Contest, one of the few outlets of free expression for the country’s incarcerated population.


EXCERPT

BRANDON

What’s your letter say Trumbo?

 

TRUMBO

(shrugs) Same ol, same ol.

 

BRANDON

Mayne fuck PEN! They could’ve gave me an honorable mention, hell $50 is like 20 noodles, 1 summer sausage, 2 sportsbar soaps, 2 Crest toothpastes, 1 lotion and I’m talking the good kind, 2 orange drink mixes, 5 iced honeybuns, 2 bags of Buffalo Blue cheese chips, 2 duplex bookies, 2 strawberry cookies, and just to splurge a lil, Reeses ice cream pint.

 

ROBBIE

(surprised) Sounds like you had the money already spent.

 

BRANDON

I would’ve been cool if they sent a decorated piece of paper that said, “your play was dope!” I bet they let some weak ass play about UFOs or Lebron James win.

 

TRUMBO

Only plays about prison win PEN.

 

ROBBIE

You can write a prison play, Brandon. Write about your experience inside these walls everyday. If a prison play wins PEN everytime then that’s the formula you use to write.

 

TRUMBO

Someone has to die, too.


To finish reading this, as well as the works of all other contributors, purchase Variations on an Undisclosed Location: 2022 Prison Writing Awards Anthology here.