Dear WR: Thank you for submitting [Title of Novel] for the 2014 PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction, founded by Barbara Kingsolver. After a careful review of more than 150 qualifying manuscripts, we have selected this year's 10 finalists. We have now moved on to the next phase of judging.I hadn't really felt under any obligation to not submit my manuscript elsewhere (obv.). But I have been released from it nonetheless.
We are sorry that your novel was not among the finalists. With this letter, we release you from any further obligation to this year's competition, you should feel free to submit the manuscript elsewhere. If you plan to revise your novel significantly, we invite you to resubmit it for a future prize cycle.
Thank you again for your interest in this prize and best wishes for your work in the future.
Literary Awards Associate
PEN American Center