23 Cash Grants and Fellowships for Writers

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These are grants, fellowships and residencies for writers, poets, playwrights and translators. The funds are meant for writers to attend workshops, buy equipment, or to buy time from their schedules. Some offer stay in tranquil surroundings or vibrant university surroundings so writers can focus on their manuscripts. All of them pay writers, from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

There are also several upcoming deadlines for journalists: The Fund for Investigative Journalism (5 February, $10,000); Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award (20 February, $12,500); Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT (28 February, $70,000+); Scripps Fellowships for environmental journalism (1 March, $56,000); and the Edward R. Murrow Press Fellowship (1 March, $75,000+). –– S. Kalekar


Regional Arts & Culture Council
RACC’s Project Grant Program provides financial support to individual artists, including literary, in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties, for project based arts programming. Grants are available in three categories: Artistic Focus, Arts Equity & Access, and Arts Services.
Value: $1,000-$7,000
Deadline: 7 February 2018
Open for: Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas Counties artists
Details here.
Charles Perkin Centre Writer in Residence
This residency is for an Australian writer working in a creative genre (including fiction, poetry, performance, creative nonfiction, digital media, screen) who has published a major work, or has had it performed/produced professionally within the past five years. The writer should commence a new work on a topic or topics that are inspired by and help communicate and interpret issues related to the work of the Centre, which is to ease the burden of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and their related conditions. Examples might include issues related to health, well-being, food, ageing, social disadvantage or cultural identity. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged.
Value: AUD100,000, Residency
Deadline: 9 February 2018
Open for: Australian writers
Details here.
Luminarts Creative Writing Fellowship
This is for artists, including writers, living within 150 miles of the Chicago loop and aged 18-30 (see guidelines for other residency requirements). There are a total of five fellowships for prose and poetry.
Value: $5,000
Deadline: 9 February 2018
Open for: Chicago artists
Details here.
NYC Emerging Writers Fellowship
This is for current residents of one of the five boroughs, and Fellows must remain in New York City for the entire year of the fellowship. This program supports emerging writers whose work shows promise of excellence. Applicants can be of any age, but must be in the early stages of their careers as fiction writers; someone who has not yet had a novel or short story collection published by either a major or independent publisher and who is also not currently under contract to a publisher for a work of fiction. Students are ineligible to apply. Nine fellowships will be awarded in 2018.
Value: $5,000
Deadline: 15 February 2018
Open for: NYC writers
Details here.

International Writers Project
This is a one-year fellowship with residency to provide sanctuary and support for established creative writers – fiction writers, playwrights, and poets – who are persecuted in their home countries or are actively prevented from pursuing free expression in their literary art. The Fellow will be a member of a supportive community at Brown University, Rhode Island. The fellowship will be accompanied by a series of lectures, readings and other events that highlight the national artistic and political culture of the writer and address the global issues of human rights and free expression. Fellows can apply themselves or be nominated.

Value: A stipend, residency, relocation funds, and health benefits; aid for Visa and relocation process
Deadline: 15 February 2018
Open for: Persecuted established creative writers
Details here.

Inaugural Reedsy Creative Writing Scholarship
This is a biannual award for writers and novelists in further education, for the next generation of fiction authors. It is a scholarship for a student whose writing displays a clear and unique voice with the potential to thrive in the competitive literary landscape. Students must be enrolled at a college, university or graduate program in the US, Canada or Australia.
Value: $1,000 for tuition and education-related expenses
Deadline: 21 February 2018
Open for: US, Canadian or Australian students
Details here.
Berton House Writer-in-Residence
This is for published Canadian writers (of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young readers, playwriting). Four writers will be selected to live and work in Dawson City, Yukon, in the childhood home of noted Canadian author Pierre Berton. Residents will receive an honorarium. Housing and travel costs are covered. Special access requirements will not affect a writer’s application or chances of being selected.
Value: CAD6,000, Residency
Deadline: 21 February 2018
Open for: Canadian writers
Details here.
Speculative Literature Foundation’s Working Class/Impoverished Writers Grant
This is a grant for writers of speculative literature who come from a working class, blue-collar, poor or homeless backgrounds (see guidelines). The writing sample may be of unpublished or published writing. This grant may be received anonymously or pseudonymously.
Value: $750
Deadline: 28 February 2018
Open for: All working class/impoverished writers of speculative literature
Details here.
Creative Capital Grants
Creative Capital is an impact-driven arts organization that supports adventurous artists across the country through various means, including funding. For this cycle, they are inviting applications for 34 disciplines, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting and performance art. Most projects they fund have a 3-5 year lifetime. Applicants must have professional experience of at least 5 years.
Value: Initial support level is $10,000 each; including follow-up monetary support, a project can get as much as $50,000 in the life cycle of the award
Deadline: 28 February 2018
Open for: US artists
Details here.
Mystery Writers of America: Helen McCloy Scholarship
This is intended for serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing skills — in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. Applicants should not have received monetary compensation for novels, short stories, non-fiction, screenplays or play scripts in the crime-writing genre. The scholarship shall be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs taking place in the U.S. in summer, fall or winter of 2018 or early spring 2019. Applicants must select a specific writing class/workshop/seminar to which scholarship funds would be applied.
Writing conferences featuring only panels and agent conferences are not eligible.
Value: Two scholarships of $500 each
Deadline: 28 February 2018
Open for: US writers
Details here.
The Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Prize
This is for an emerging fiction writer under forty years old with no major book publication, to spend time at the Lake Forest College. There are no formal teaching duties. Time is to be spent completing a manuscript, participating in a literary festival, and offering a series of public presentations.
Value: $10,000, residency
Deadline: 1 March 2018 – entries close after the first 200 submissions
Open for: Writers under 40 years
Details here.

Leeway Foundation Grants
The Art and Change Grants and the Leeway Transformation Awards fund women and trans artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia (Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties), who engage in art and social change work and have financial need. This includes literary artists, including media and spoken word artists. The Art and Change Grant provides project-based grants to fund art for social change projects. The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards for those who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work. Also see guidelines for a residency and a grant for past Leeway grantees.

Value: Up to $2,500 for Art and Change Grants; $15,000 for Transformation Award
Deadline: 1 March 2018 for Art and Change; 15 May 2018 for Transformation Award
Open for: Greater Philadelphia artists
Details here.

Mississippi Arts Commission Artist Fellowships
These fellowships are for Mississippi artists who demonstrate the ability to create exemplary work in their chosen field. For this cycle, they have invited artists in several categories, including writers of fiction and poets, and those in the media arts (film and video).
Value: Up to $5,000
Deadline: 1 March 2018
Open for: Mississippi artists
Details here.
Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowships
These are fellowships for Alabama artists in various fields, including literature – fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, as well as theatre – including playwriting, and media/photography.
Value: $5,000
Deadline: 1 March 2018
Open for: Alabama artists
Details here.
The Kentucky Foundation for Women grants
The Art Meets Activism (AMA) grant supports feminist artists and organizations in Kentucky to engage individuals and communities in artmaking that directly advances positive social change. For 2018, they also have a special Girls of Color Voice and Vision grant ($1,000-7,500) for artists engaging girls of color, aged 11-18, in arts-based activities, and working to highlight their stories. Also check out the foundation’s retreats and residencies.
Value: Up to $7,500
Deadline: 2 March 2018
Open for: Kentucky artists
Details here.
National Endowment for the Arts
The NEA offers grants to several creative writers each year to buy time for writing, with poetry and prose grants accepted in alternate years. Applications are now being accepted for literature fellowships of poetry; poets who have published a full-length work or work in literary magazines (see guidelines) can apply.
Value: $25,000
Deadline: 7 March 2018
Open for: US poets
Details here.
Hodson Trust – John Carter Brown Library Fellowship
This fellowship at Providence and Chestertown supports work by academics, independent scholars and writers working on significant projects relating to the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. Candidates with a U.S. history topic are strongly encouraged to concentrate on the period prior to 1801. The fellowship is also open to novelists, creative and performing artists, and others working on projects that draw on this period of history. Candidates are encouraged to consult the John Carter Brown Library’s collections online prior to submitting an application.
Value: $5,000/month (total $20,000), housing and university privileges
Deadline: 15 March 2018
Open for: Unspecified
Details here.
Cave Canem Residency
This is a residency in historic Chestertown, Maryland. Cave Canem’s mission is to serve as “a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.”
Value: $1,000, Residency
Deadline: 15 March 2018 (postmarked)
Open for: African American poets
Details here.
Elizabeth So Finish-Your-Book Fellowship
The goal of the fellowship is to afford two writers the time and solitude to help finish a book that is already in progress. There are two fellowships, one for writers who are immigrants in the US, either documented or undocumented, and another is for an Indigenous writer with significant ties to Montana. The prize includes stay at Writer’s Block in downtown Las Vegas.
Value: $500 food stipend, $400 airfare, Residency
Deadline: 25 March 2018
Open for: US immigrant writers, Montana writers
Details here.
Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Fellowships
This grant is for residents of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis County. It is designed to enable artists, including literary, to set aside time to work, to purchase supplies and materials, to participate in advance study not related to a degree program, or to pursue other activities that will allow them to meet their artistic goals.
Value: $7,000
Deadline: 30 March 2018
Open for: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, or St. Louis County artists
Details here.
Hugo House Writer-in-Residence
This residency in Seattle is for practicing, published writers of prose as well as writing teachers who are experienced working with writers of all levels in a traditional workshop setting, and on a one-on-one basis as a mentor. Writers should have a specific artistic project they are working on during their residency (e.g., developing a manuscript for publication) and should have a special interest in helping writers become better writers and fostering an appreciation of the craft. The writer will hold weekly office hours where they mentor Hugo House community members. If applicants do not meet some of the eligibility requirements, but have demonstrated success in other categories, their panel will weigh the components of the application accordingly.
Value: $500 per month stipend, additional compensation for Hugo Classes
Deadline: 31 March 2018
Open for: Published writers
Details here.
The Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers
The fellowships are to afford writers uninterrupted time to focus on their work at an apartment in Carson McCuller’s childhood home in Columbus, Georgia. A spouse or companion is welcome.
Value: $5,000, Residency
Deadline: 1 April 2018
Open for: Unspecified
Details here.
2018 American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) Travel Fellowship
This is for emerging (unpublished or minimally published) translators to help them pay for hotel and travel expenses to the annual ALTA conference (October 31 – November 3, 2018 in Bloomington, IN). Among the fellowships is the Jansen Fellowship, which is preferentially awarded to an emerging translator of color or a translator working from an underrepresented diaspora or stateless language.
Value: $1,000
Deadline: 16 April 2018
Open for: Unspecified
Details here.
Illinois Arts Council Agency Grants
This program helps Illinois artists, including literary, realise a career goal, take advantage of a professional opportunity or produce and present an artistic project. There is the Artist Project Track grant and Professional Development Track grant. There is an open deadline for both and projects must occur by 31 August 2018.
Value: $500-3,000 for Project Track; $500-1,000 for Professional Development Track grant
Deadline: Open
Open for: Illinois artists
Details here.
Bonus: Can Serrat International Art Residency
This residency is meant to support literary production and to offer a working and living space for writers at Can Serrat at El Bruc, at the foot of Montserrat in Spain, to allow them time to work on a project. While the writing sample requirement is in English, during the residency course, there is no language restriction. Travel to the venue is not covered in the funding and there is no monetary grant.
Value: Fully funded stay and food for one writer; partial funding for several (see guidelines)
Deadline: 10 February 2018
Open for: All writers
Details here.


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