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Pen 2 Paper

a disability-focused creative writing competition

2014 Finalists

Thanks for your patience as we've worked to determine the winners for this year's contest. It wasn't easy (it never is)! Winners and finalists in each category are listed below. Entries posted with permission; authors retain all rights.

Grand Prize

Riding, Falling, Sandy Hiortdahl Read in


1st Place: Everyday Imperatives Rebekah Orton Read in


Non Fiction

1st Place: In Defense of the Ice Bucket Challenge, John Florio Read in



1st Place: I Want One, Cathy Bryant Read in



A mountain of admiration and gratitude to all who entered this year's contest! Our staff and judges thoroughly enjoyed everything we read, and we hope to see more wonderful work from you next year.

We'll continue holding our Lion & Pirate open mic nights with VSA Texas roughly once a month at Malvern Books. The last open mic of 2014 will be Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2pm. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for details and RSVP!

About the Pen 2 Paper Creative Writing Contest

CTD's annual Pen 2 Paper (P2P) creative writing competition seeks pieces of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and comics that treat the topic of disability. Whether or not you have experience as a creative writer; whether or not you have a disability, we want to hear your voice! 

P2P is the ONLY disability-focused creative writing competition in Texas (correct us if we're wrong!). Our goals are to:

While P2P is based in Texas, people from other states or countries are welcome to enter. 

Each year, entries are evaluated by a panel of volunteer judges, and prizes are awarded to the top entries in each category. Winners and finalists will be posted on P2P's website and given opportunities to share their work in public settings.

Local and state sponsors and volunteers help make the competition possible by contributing their time, expertise, products, services, and energy.

Submit to Pen2Paper

Submit your 2014 entry online.