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Grant of the Week: PEN America Free Expression Essay Competition

Alana Venable | Mar 28, 2022

Every week, Perspectives Daily showcases a new grant, fellowship, or scholarship that has been posted to our free community calendar. This week we are featuring PEN America's Free Expression Essay Competition.


PEN America invites students to write essays on any issue related to free expression in the U.S. or abroad, at a length of 1,500 words for the high school level and 2,500 words for the college level. 

High school-level submissions are generally open to students ages 15-17; and college-level submissions are generally open to students ages 18-23. Please enter the competition level based on your age at the time of submission. Current enrollment in school is not required to enter. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact us at with ‘Essay Competition’ in the subject line.

All submissions must be received on or before April 15th at 11:59pm ET. 


For each competition level, we will honor 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. The top three college-level essayists will receive $4,000, $3,000, and $2,000 respectively; and the top three high school-level essayists will receive $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively.

End: April 15, 2022

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