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).

Linked entries are posted with permission; authors retain all rights. Please note that starred entries contain strong language, graphic violence, or sexual content.

Grand Prize

I Didn't Think Nick Minges


Read all Poetry Finalists

First Place & Audience Favorite: Faces of Adam Marcia Pradzinski
Second Place: #480 Just Another Day in Winter Ashlee-Ann Sneller


Read all Non-Fiction finalists

First Place: Lip Reading Och Gonzalez
Second Place: Ticka-Ticka-Tap @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ Nicole Popel
Audience Favorite: Complete Comfort Rose Shrader


Read all Fiction finalists

First Place: The Castle Kitsilano Emily Coletta
Second Place: Carl's Night Out * John Power
Audience Favorite: Heartless * VA Christie


Read all Comics finalists

First Place & Audience Favorite: Spoons: A Diary on Chronic Illness Grace Desmarais
Finalist: Conversation with my Girlfriend in the Shower, Post Diagnosis * Sivan Piatigorsky-Roth

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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