Pen 2 Paper

a disability-focused creative writing competition

With nearly 400 pieces of disability fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and comics, we continue to break the previous year's record for entries received! Our deepest thanks to everyone who submitted work to this year's annual Pen 2 Paper Creative Writing Competition (P2P).

While we love that more and more people are writing about disability, this workload puts us behind our intended deadline of announcing all finalists in early October. We will post Non-fiction and Poetry finalists as soon as we can and plan to announce the final contest results before the end of 2019. Thanks for sticking with us!

In the meantime, we are proud to announce the following finalists from Fiction and Comics. Linked entries are posted with permission; authors retain all rights. Please note that starred entries contain strong language, graphic violence, or sexual content.

Fiction Finalists

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Comics Finalists

Read all Comics finalists

Non-Fiction Finalists

In progress

Poetry Finalists

In progress

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, energy, and funds.

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