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Pen America U.S. Writer Aid Initiative

Deadline: Varies


The U.S. Writers Aid Initiative is intended to assist fiction and nonfiction authors, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators, and journalists in addressing short-term financial emergencies. To be eligible, applicants must be professional writers based in the United States, and be able to demonstrate that this one-time grant will be meaningful in helping address a short-term emergency situation. The fund is limited, and not every application can be supported. Grant decisions are made on a quarterly basis by a volunteer committee of literary peers in consultation with PEN America staff, using the  following guidelines to evaluate professional credentials:

  • Publication of one or more books. (Writers who are only self-published or published by a press that charges for publication are not eligible.)

  • Multiple essays, short stories, or poems appearing in literary anthologies or literary journals (either online or in print) in the last two years.

  • A full-length play, performed in a theater by a professional theater company. Productions in academic settings qualify if the author is not a student at the time of the production.

  • Production of a motion picture project or a segment of television.

  • Employment as a full-time professional journalist, columnist, or critic, or a record of consistent publication on a freelance basis in a range of outlets during the last two years.

  • Contracted forthcoming books, essays, short stories, poems, or articles for which the name of the publisher can be provided.

  • Other qualifications that support the applicant’s professional identity as a writer.





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