Evan Drennan was awarded 3rd 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

AGENT 1 AGENT 2 AGENT 3

Don’t make a Get outta the Don’t even move! ! car! ! think about it!

ON JESS

She descends the raised viewing area then abruptly stops to watch the confrontation.

JESS (to herself)

Donrt do anything stupid Jake. . .

IN THE GT-R

Jake’s foot hovers over the throttle and his right hand jig- gles involuntarily as he taunts the shifter knob. WilI he bolt? No. He unlatches the door.

LEAD AGENT

KiIl the motor!

Jake flips a SWITCH and the car dies. He unclips his harness and gets out cautiousIy. He’s rushed by agents and gets pushed against the roof- bracing of the car. He notices Jess who is horrified; her hands cover her mouth in shock.


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