Last Summer I entered my ongoing project Public Private Relationships and the New Owners of the Means of Production in the Oral History category of the Pen Literary awards .It is the first writing competition which I have entered and so to make it as far as the finalists is very encouraging.
The entry confirmation said this:
Dear Susan Andersen,
Thank you for submitting Public Private Relationships and the New Owners of the Means of Production for the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History. We are writing to confirm that we received your application, and if we should require any additional information, we’ll be sure to be in touch.
Applicants will be notified immediately when/if their project is no longer under consideration. If you should have any questions in the meantime, please write to email@example.com.
Please visit PEN.org/awards for updates regarding the timing for the announcement of the winner of the award.
PEN Literary Awards
Then I didn’t hear back until I received this:
Dear Susan Andersen,
Thank you for submitting Public Private Relationships and the New Owners of the Means of Production for the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History. The overall quality of this year’s applications was quite high, making for some very difficult decisions for our judges. The judges have made their final selections, and I regret to inform you that your project has not been chosen as the winner.
We are tremendously grateful for your submission to this award, and we hope that you will consider submitting another project of yours for this award in the future. Submissions for the 2019 Awards Cycle will open in the late spring.
Please note that due to the large volume of applications that our judges review, they are unable to offer feedback or recommendations on any particular project.
We know this isn’t the update you were hoping for, but we would nevertheless like to take this opportunity to wish you the best of success with your work.
The PEN America Literary Awards Department
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The Freedom to Write
You can go here to view the submission: