Penguin Random House – Creative Writing Awards Program

Penguin Random House and We Need Diverse Books launched their annual Creative Writing Awards program with a new Freedom of Expression Award. In their announcement, they write,

In the face of book bans and attacks on free expression on the rise in America, Penguin Random House and We Need Diverse Books celebrate the power of books and stories. Applicants to the new award will be asked to answer the prompt, “Tell us about one banned book that changed your life and why.”

 The Creative Writing Award was founded in 1993 by PRH. We Need Diverse Books entered the partnership in 2019. The shared mission is to help elevate and support the next generation of writers. Over the years, the program has awarded more than $2.9 million to public high school students for original compositions across genres and formats. Categories include the Michelle Obama Award for Memoir, the Amanda Gorman Award for Poetry, the Maya Angelou Award for Spoken Word, and the Fiction/Drama Award. This year will include the inaugural Freedom of Expression Award.

Submissions close on January 16, 2024. More information on the award can be found at this link.