Pen 2 Paper

a disability-focused creative writing competition

Thank you so much to  the 2017 Pen 2 Paper entrants, who submitted over 220 pieces of disability fiction, non-fiction, and poetry--more than double what we've ever received! We read so much outstanding work and are proud to announce winners and finalists in each division below. Full entries posted with permission; authors retain all rights.

Grand Prize

Crip Cargo Heidi Johnson-Wright

Non Fiction

Read all Non Fiction entries here

1st Place: Rheumatoid Arthritis Zen Master Extraordinaire Jessica Hitch
2nd Place: Disabled Courtney Felle
Audience Favorite: Manual Reset Anna Kaye-Rogers



Read all Fiction entries here

1st Place: Everything is Awesome Deanna Altomara
2nd Place: Dementia Dean Gessie
Audience Favorite: The Train to Nowhere: A Fictional Account of My Journey with Crohn's Disease Dejv M. Mutnjakovic



Read all Poetry entries here

1st Place: My Grandmother Greets Me as Tommy TJ Reynolds
2nd Place: Mental Psychosis Robert Robeson
Audience Favorite: Never Mind Debz Butler


The Ones that Got Away

Every year, Pen 2 Paper receives so many entries that we love, but that never make it to the finalist round. This year, we wanted to recognize some of those from 2017, so we present a monthly web feature: The Ones that Got Away. From January through October, P2P co-coordinators Susie and Laura will each post one of our favorite non-finalists from the 2017 contest. Read our current picks.

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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