The PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography is awarded for excellence in the art of biography. This prize of $5,000 will go to the author of a distinguished work published in the United States during the previous calendar year. The winning title should be a work of exceptional literary, narrative and artistic merit, based on scrupulous research.
Past winners: Janet Malcom, Richard Brody, Michael Scammell, Stacy Schiff, Robert K. Massie, Tom Reiss, and Linda Leavell.
Eligibility and Submissions for the 2015 Awards
Submissions for the 2015 Awards will be open September 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014.
Who is eligible
A candidate’s book of nonfiction must have been published in the United States between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. Books must be works by an author about another figure; neither memoir nor autobiography is eligible. Candidates need not be U.S. residents. Submissions are welcome from any source: writers, editors, literary agents, or members of the literary community at large.
If you submit a book for this award, you may not submit it for any additional PEN American Center awards.
How to apply
1. Submissions are now closed. Each submission is $50. If you would like to pay by check, please enter CHECK in the coupon code field at checkout. Be sure to print your receipt. Please also submit a verified email address on the submission form; your order cannot be processed without an email address, as this info will be used to later contact you regarding the shipments of your submission.
Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
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