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Five Annual Grants for Writers (With Applications and Deadlines!)

Kaylee is a reader, writer, editor, and student. She is currently pursuing a BA in English.

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What Is a Writing Grant?

Writing grants are set sums of money that are awarded to eligible applicants. This money is gifted to the winners and, unlike a loan, is not expected to be paid back. Typically, these funds are awarded to individuals who propose creative and original ideas for literary projects, either in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Winners can use their grant money to fund their living expenses while they focus on completing their proposed project. The money can be used for travel, lodging, food, writing materials, technology, or anything else they would need to pay for while focusing on their proposed project.

Some programs give awards based on a no-strings-attached policy, where there is no expectation for the winner once the money is awarded, while others expect recipients to provide progress reports after a certain amount of time.

Though the application process can be intimidating, there are grants for writers of any experience, age, ethnicity, and geographic location. The money is out there, you just need to know where to look!

1. The Awesome Foundation Grant

The Awesome Foundation is a volunteer-led community with 83 chapters located all over the world. Once a month, each chapter gives an applicant a no-strings-attached grant worth $1000. Applicants must introduce themselves, propose an idea for an "awesome" creative project, and explain how they will use the money to help their project come to life. Anyone is eligible to apply!

From the foundation's website: "Every chapter interprets "awesome" for itself. As such, awesome projects include initiatives in a wide range of areas including arts, technology, community development, and more."

Application period:

Monthly

Award amount:

$1000 (could vary depending on chapter location)

Learn more and apply here:

https://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/about_us

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2. The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Grant for Children's and Young Adult Novelists

The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Grant is for children's and young adult fiction novelists who are looking to fund their novel-in-progress. This grant has been awarded to one applicant annually since 2001. Applicants must provide a 50-75 page manuscript of their work in progress, as well as professional reviews of their other published works.

Application period:

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April-June

Award amount:

$5,000

Applicant requirements:

Must have a previously published children's or young adult novel.

Must be a U. S. citizen.

Learn more and apply here:

https://pen.org/pen-phyllis-naylor-grant/

3. The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant

The Andy Warhol Foundation was started in 2006 and has since supported writers who focus solely on contemporary visual art. Each year, a total of $695,000 is divided between 20 winners. Proposals for essays, short-form pieces and novel-length projects are accepted. See the link below for the complete application guide.

From the foundation's website: "The program supports writing about contemporary art and aims to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts."

Application period:

April-May

Award amount:

$15,000 for essays, $30,000 for short-form pieces, $50,000 for novel-length projects.

Applicant requirements:

Must be over the age of 25.

Must be a previously published author.

Must be a U. S. citizen.

Learn more and apply here:

https://www.artswriters.org/about/history

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4. The William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant Program for Unpublished Writers

Do you have a mystery novel in the works? If so, the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant Program might be the perfect fit.

Each year, this program awards one applicant with a $2,500 stipend and a trip to the Malice Domestic convention. This convention, held annually in Maryland, brings together mystery novelists from around the United States.

The program is focused on Traditional Mysteries (mystery novels with no gore, violence, or sex) and will only accept materials that fit this specific genre. Applicants must submit the first three chapters of their work-in-progress mystery novel, along with an author bio and a statement on how the awarded funds will be utilized.

Application period:

January-November

Award amount:

$2,500

Applicant requirements:

Must abide by Traditional Mystery guidelines.

Must be an unpublished author.

Learn more and apply here:

https://www.malicedomestic.org/grants.html

5. The deGroot Foundation Courage to Write Grant

The deGroot Foundation encourages any adult writer to apply for their Courage to Write Grant. Any genre is eligible. Applicants must include a short author bio, a personal application letter, and five pages of unpublished written content.

From the foundation's website: "Writing takes focus, courage and time. The COURAGE TO WRITE grants provide a monetary respite that offers you freedom to focus on your creative process and enhance your craft."

Application period:

April-May

Award amount:

$7,000

Applicant requirements:

Must be over the age of 18.

Must be a U.S. citizen.

Must pay the $22 application fee.

Learn more and apply here:

https://degrootfoundation.org/courage-to-write-guidelines/

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Conclusion

Whether you're an experienced, established author or you're merely conceptualizing the next New York Times Bestseller, there are grants waiting for you!

Every grant program has different deadlines and application requirements, so be sure to read all of the information before you commit to applying. Good luck and happy writing!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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