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Press Release Fun: A Writing Award for Folks in Need of It

I know a fair number of you could use this.  To wit:

Dear friends,

PEN American Center is accepting submissions until February 1, 2012 for the $5,000 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, given annually to an author of children’s or young-adult fiction. The Fellowship is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in his or her career to complete a book-length work-in-progress.  Past recipients include Lucy Frank, Pat Schmatz, Carol Lynch Williams, Theresa Nelson, Diane Les Becquets, Graham McNamee, Lori Aurelia Williams, Franny Billingsley, Amanda Jenkins, and Barbara Shoup.

PEN shares your dedication to advancing children’s and young-adult literature. Help us acknowledge and support the talented individuals who are writing it by nominating your colleagues for this award today. Details at

Thank you,
Susanna Reich
Chair, PEN Children’s & Young Adult Book Authors Committee

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.