Pen 2 Paper Submission Rules

Guidelines for all P2P 2019 divisions

As we have added the Oleb Books Personal Essay Award to our divisions, please review the rules for regular P2P divisions (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and graphic narrative/ comics) vs. the OBPEA below.

  Regular P2P divisions OBPEA


ALL entries must incorporate disability as a theme OR include a major character with a disability.

Entry must incorporate the OBPEA 2019 theme: parenting. We understand that sometimes a sister or brother, aunt or uncle, or even a neighbor can step into a parental role and are open to such stories. We are considering entries on both parenting a child with a disability AND being a parent with a disability.


We accept previously published work and work that has been submitted to other publications.

Entry MUST be previously unpublished.


  • Fiction: 5,000 words
  • Non-fiction: 5,000 words
  • Poetry: 1 poem, up to 5 pages (multiple poems will not be accepted)
  • Graphic narrative/ comics: up to 20 pages

Entry MUST be between 3,000 and 8,000 words.

updated May 15, 2018


All entries will be eligible to win the P2P 2019 Grand Prize of $500 (USD). We will also award 1st Place prizes of $100 (USD) in each division.

Multiple winners will be chosen for the OBPEA. Each winner will receive an Oleb Book Prize package, consisting of: $50 (USD), publication of their entry in Oleb Books' anthology, and promotion of their work through a national marketing campaign by Oleb Books.

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