1. In a tweet to @PENAmerican, finish the sentence“#FreeExpressionIs…”  in 100 characters or less.

2. Follow PEN on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.


#FreeExpressionIs a right that every writer should enjoy. But many, like Chinese Uyghur writer Ilham Tohti, can’t. That is why PEN American Center is challenging our supporters to use Twitter to define, describe, visualize, or imagine the value of Freedom of Expression. The user who best captures the spirit of free expression in a tweet with the hashtag #FreeExpressionIs by Saturday, May 3 at 11.59pm EDT will receive tickets to PEN’s Literary Gala on May 5*, where PEN will honor Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, as well as Ilham Tohti and acclaimed novelist Salman Rushdie.

*Tickets to the 2015 Literary Gala may be substituted upon request.