PEN America is thrilled to share The Edward Bunker Prize in Fiction, a newly named award in PEN America’s three-decade-running Prison Writing Contest, which celebrates and recognizes excellence in writing by incarcerated writers.
The PEN America/Edward Bunker Prize in Fiction awards the work of a cohort of incarcerated fiction writers who show exceptional talent and merit in the genre, and honors Mr. Bunker’s work in illuminating the tenacious path from the identity of prisoner to writer. We are proud to celebrate not only Mr. Bunker’s contribution to letters and film, but also his continued influence on a new generation of writers who show deep dedication to, and passion for, the craft of writing, and a compelling creative vision.
Celebrate the legacy of Eddie Bunker as we preview award-winning works from the 2019 winners, read by bridgette bianca, Dorothy Randall Gray, Darrell Larson, Laurie O’Brien, Laurie Okin, Christopher Soto, and Carl Weintraub. Followed by a panel discussion with Mr. Bunker’s close family and friends.