Daily Archives: February 6, 2018

Daily Drabble: February 5th

As part of our Year of Writing, participants have the opportunity to enter a Daily Drabble contest throughout the month of February. This contest consists of writing a short drabble–100 words or less–based on our fill-in-the-blank prompt, which is posted daily on our Twitter.

The prompt for February 5th was:

Winner: Jes Bowers

“I’m going to the store. Need anything?”

“Oh! I could totally go for my mortal enemy’s craven heart, right now. That’d make me feel much better.”

“You do realize we have that in the freezer, right?”

Curious, she went over to the freezer and checked.

She had only been making a joke about the heart thing.

Her friend had not.

About Jes Bowers

According to reports, Jes is a cryptid that lives in the Austin area of Texas, and migrates to the coast in certain seasons. This cryptid is easy to approach, and in fact seems to love human contact, fond of talking people’s ears off about their cats. If you’re unable to make the trip to sight them in the wild, they’re also on the internet.

Check back in tomorrow for the winners of today’s Daily Drabble contest!

The 2018 PEN America Awards

On January 25th, PEN America announced the finalists for their 2018 Literary Awards and gave us a pleasant surprise: For the first time in the history of the non-profit organization based in New York City, all of the finalists for the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction are women. The award is given to an author whose first novel or collection of short stories published during the previous year shows “distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise” and comes with a prize of $25,000.

This year’s finalists for the PEN/ Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction include: Hannah Lillith Assadi for her novel, Sonora, Venita Blackburn for her collection of short stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, Emily Fridlund for her novel, History of Wolves, Carmen Maria Machado for her collection of short stories, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories, and Jenny Zhang for her collection of short stories, Sour Heart.

The Prize for Debut Fiction isn’t the only category to be noted for its finalists this year. Nebula and Hugo award-winning fantasy and science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin, who passed away on January 22nd, is a finalist in the PEN/ Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay category for her collection of essays, No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters.

The 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony will be held on February 20th at the New York University Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.

For a full list of 2018 PEN America Literary Awards finalists go to https://pen.org/2018finalists/

For more information about PEN America and their work within the literary community to ensure the human right to open expression, both nationally and internationally, go to https://pen.org/about-us/