We were over the moon last year when debut novelist Sergio De La Pava took home the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for A NAKED SINGULARITY (Chicago University Press).
That’s the beauty of the PEN Literary Awards–because of their open submission process, they very often spotlight exceptional work that would go otherwise unrecognized. A NAKED SINGULARITY was a self-published title eventually picked up and distributed by Chicago University Press (and now the MacLehose imprint of Quercus). For more details on that story/the book, here’s an interesting piece in The Guardian.
You often hear publishers optimistically claiming that if a book is good enough, it will rise to the public consciousness. A NAKED SINGULARITY proves their point, and in no small part has PEN America to thank.
Publishers–submit your eligible titles to PEN’s 2014 Literary Awards. Writers–if you’ve written an eligible title, tell your publisher to submit on your behalf! There are only a few days left before December 16th, the submission deadline. Over $150k in awards, prizes, and grants will be conferred next year. Debut novels and works of fiction and poetry, translation works, biography, essays, science and sports writing, and children’s books are ALL eligible categories.
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