Pen 2 Paper

a disability-focused creative writing competition

Our deepest gratitude to everyone who entered Pen 2 Paper this year. We read some truly remarkable work and are proud to announce finalists in each division below. Entries posted with permission; authors retain all rights. Please note that starred entries may contain language or situations not suitable for younger readers.

Grand Prize

Just Breathe Carrie Salberg


1st Place: The Bruised Banana David Douglas PDF / Word
2nd Place: Song of the Sea Caroline Greene


Non Fiction

1st Place: Miles to Go Mel Finefrock PDF / Word
2nd Place: Scarring Deb Jannerson *



1st Place: Hanging Five Aboard the Stella Irene Sandy Hiortdahl PDF / Word
2nd Place: Poem for Carrie, a Flying Lesbian Barbara Ruth PDF / Word



1st Place: The Communication Device David Borden PDF

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.

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