PEN INTERNATIONAL: Rights, Writers, and Refugees
PEN International has waded into the weighty issue of the rights of refugees. More measures like this are needed to prevent disasters such as the 900 estimated deaths of migrants to Europe after a shipwreck off the Libyan coast earlier this week.
On 14 April a delegation of PEN members met with the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, and called for greater protection for refugees in Europe. John Ralston Saul, PEN International president said: ‘We go to the European Parliament with a simple message: We and our civilization will be judged by the solidarity we show with people in crisis.’ PEN International maintains that border security should not put the lives of refugees in danger. ‘The deaths of refugees should not be legitimised or tolerated in the name of protecting borders. The protection of human life must have the highest priority.’
PEN NEW VOICES AWARD: Seeking submissions
PEN NZ is seeking submissions from writers for the upcoming PEN New Voices Award 2015. Submissions must be unpublished prose 2000- 4000 words in length or unpublished poems up to 2500 words. Poetry may be one individual poem, a sequence, or a number of smaller poems. Writers must be aged 18-30 years. PEN NZ may nominate a maximum of two writers, one male and one female. Entries must be from an accredited PEN centre and not individuals. The winning writer will receive an award of $1,000 USD. The award is created to promote freedom of expression, literature, and the tenets of the PEN Charter and it actively encourages entries from diverse linguistic regions and communities. For details and guidelines see: PEN International/New Voices Award. Submissions must be received by PEN (NZ) by 15 May 2015. For more details contact PEN NZ Spokesperson Dana Wensley, at PEN@nzauthors.org.nz.