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     Funding Opportunities for Creative Writers: Poetry, Prose and Playwriting

If you are interested in finding external funding to support your creative writing endeavors, it is our hope that
this list will help you to quickly determine which of the agencies might fund your current work or award prizes
for work you’ve completed, find more information about their application process by visiting their websites, and
then develop an applications timeline you can use to keep yourself on-track for developing your proposals in a
timely manner. The opportunities listed are for individual writers.

To navigate, keep the document in layout view, scroll to the table of contents, then click on the page number of
the agency or program in which you’re interested. This will take you directly to that entry. If you then wish to
learn more, click on the agency’s website address (URL), which you will find near the bottom of the entry. If
clicking doesn’t work, copy the URL, paste it into the address line of your web browser, and type return.

Always check for new and more detailed application information on any opportunity in which you’re interested.
Humanities and area studies centers sometimes have themes that change periodically and agency programs,
application requirements, deadlines, and focus areas are subject to change. Verify deadlines and other critical
information by visiting the sponsoring institution’s website or contacting the agency via e-mail or telephone
prior to beginning an application. This is especially true for agencies that had not posted new deadlines when we
created this list (we’ve noted such cases on the list).

Most agencies have deadlines only once each year and take from three to eight months to announce results.
Therefore, it is advisable to think long-term when planning your grant development strategies. Preparing a
viable proposal takes effort and organization, so please do to give yourself the time you will need to develop an
application that will be competitive. For fellowships, that means starting the process at least six weeks before
the agency’s deadline, preferably longer.

Although this list is extensive, it is not exhaustive. If you know of sources that we have not included that you
believe will appeal to numerous humanities and social sciences faculty members, please let us know. We’re
always seeking to add new funding sources to our lists.

We look forward to working with you to develop external applications to support your creative work. Please do
not hesitate to contact us to discuss the funding possibilities that seem to meet your needs. We will be happy to
work with you to develop a personal grant development plan and application timeline.




                          Kathy Porsch and Sally Utech, Grant Development Officers
                                    Humanities Grant Development Office
                                             900 Sunnyside Ave.
                                       hgdo@ku.edu • kporsch@ku.edu
                                        785/864-7833 or 785/864-7887
                          http://www.hallcenter.ku.edu/~hallcenter/hgdo/development/
                                                                 TABLE OF CONTENTS
SELECTED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CREATIVE WRITING .................................................................... 1
   ANISFIELD-WOLF BOOK AWARDS ........................................................................................................................................ 1
   A ROOM OF HER OWN GIFT OF FREEDOM AWARD (AROHO) ............................................................................................. 1
   ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS (POETS.ORG)
 .................................................................................................................. 1
     Academy Fellowship ........................................................................................................................................................ 1
     Harold Morton Landon Translation Award .................................................................................................................... 1
     James Laughlin Award .................................................................................................................................................... 1
     Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize ......................................................................................................................................... 2
     Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Awards ............................................................................................................................. 2
     Wallace Stevens Award ................................................................................................................................................... 2
     Walt Whitman Award....................................................................................................................................................... 2
   ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURES AND SCIENCES DON AND GEE NICHOLL FELLOWSHIPS IN SCREENWRITING
 .................. 2
   ARCH AND BRUCE BROWN FOUNDATION
 .......................................................................................................................... 2
   BELLWETHER PRIZE FOR FICTION ......................................................................................................................................... 2
   CREATIVE ARTS RESIDENCIES AT THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION’S BELLAGIO CENTER .................................................. 3
   CREATIVE CAPITAL/WARHOL FOUNDATION ARTS WRITERS GRANT ................................................................................... 3
   DJERASSI RESIDENT ARTISTS PROGRAM .............................................................................................................................. 3
   DOROTHY AND LEWIS B. CULLMAN CENTER FOR SCHOLARS AND WRITERS, NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY ........................ 3
   DOROTHY SARGENT ROSENBERG POETRY PRIZES ................................................................................................................ 3
   EDWARD F. ALBEE FOUNDATION ......................................................................................................................................... 4
   FINE ARTS WORK CENTER WRITING FELLOWSHIP ............................................................................................................... 4
   FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH CULTURE ..................................................................................................................................... 4
     Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers ................................................................................................ 4
     Sidney and Hadassah Musher Subvention Grant in Jewish Studies ................................................................................ 4
   FURTHERMORE PUBLISHING GRANTS
 ................................................................................................................................ 4
   GEORGE A. AND ELIZA GARDNER HOWARD FOUNDATION ................................................................................................... 4
   HARVARD UNIVERSITY ......................................................................................................................................................... 5
     Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study............................................................................................................................. 5
   KATE TUFTS DISCOVERY AWARD ........................................................................................................................................ 5
   KINGSLEY TUFTS POETRY AWARD ....................................................................................................................................... 5
   MACDOWELL COLONY, INC. ................................................................................................................................................ 5
   MAGIC CARPET RIDE MENTORSHIP ...................................................................................................................................... 5
   MICHIGAN AUTHOR AWARD ................................................................................................................................................ 6
   MILLAY COLONY FOR THE ARTS, INC. .................................................................................................................................. 6
   NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS (NEA) CREATIVE WRITING FELLOWSHIP .............................................................. 6
   NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES SCHOLARLY EDITION GRANTS
 ................................................................ 6
   NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF) ............................................................................................................................. 6
   NEW ISSUES POETRY PRIZE (WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY) ......................................................................................... 7
   PEN AMERICAN CENTER
 ................................................................................................................................................... 7
     Beyond Margins Awards ................................................................................................................................................. 7
     Laura Pels Foundation Awards for Drama ..................................................................................................................... 7
     Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship ..................................................................................................................... 7
     Robert Bingham Fellowship ............................................................................................................................................ 7
   PHILIP ROTH RESIDENCE IN CREATIVE WRITING (BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY) ........................................................................ 8
   POETS AND WRITERS ONLINE (P&W) FUNDING FOR READINGS/WORKSHOPS
 .................................................................. 8
   PRINCETON UNIVERSITY LEWIS CENTER FOR THE ARTS....................................................................................................... 8
   RATTLE POETRY PRIZE .......................................................................................................................................................... 8
   RUTH LILLY POETRY FELLOWSHIPS (THE POETRY FOUNDATION) ........................................................................................ 8
   SAWTOOTH POETRY PRIZE FROM AHSAHTA PRESS .............................................................................................................. 9
   STANFORD CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM WALLACE STEGNER FELLOWSHIP ..................................................................... 9
FUNDING FOR TRANSLATION OF CREATIVE WORKS ........................................................................................... 9
   NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS ............................................................................................................................... 9
SELECTED ONLINE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES LISTS FOR CREATIVE WRITERS ....................................... 9
   ASSOCIATION OF HISPANIC ARTS GRANTS AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS ........................................................ 9

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COMMUNITY OF SCIENCE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES DATABASE .......................................................................................... 9
CREATIVE WRITING RESOURCE DIRECTORY
 ..................................................................................................................... 9
FOUNDATION CENTER, FOUNDATION GRANTS TO INDIVIDUALS ONLINE ........................................................................... 10
FUNDS FOR WRITERS
 ....................................................................................................................................................... 10
NATIONAL WRITERS UNION
 (NWU) ................................................................................................................................ 10
POETS AND WRITERS MAGAZINE GRANTS AND AWARDS DATABASE ................................................................................ 10
SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND POSTDOCTORAL AWARDS IN MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS
 ........................................ 10
SMARTWRITERS WRITING CONTESTS AND GRANTS
 ........................................................................................................ 10
WRITERSDIGEST.COM
 ..................................................................................................................................................... 10




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SELECTED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CREATIVE WRITING

The following opportunities are open to individuals who pursue creative writing. The list is alphabetized
but not categorized. Although application deadlines generally fall on or close to the same date each year,
it is critical to check with the sponsor for current application deadlines and materials.

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards
The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards recognizes books that have made important contributions to our
understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Only books written
in English and published in the preceding calendar year and are eligible. Works of poetry are eligible for
the fiction prize. Plays and screenplays are not eligible, nor are works in progress, manuscripts or self-
published works, and no grants are made for completing or publishing manuscripts.
URL: http://www.anisfield-wolf.org/Submissions/
Deadline: December 31

A Room of Her Own Gift of Freedom Award (AROHO)
**NOTE: Program has been on hiatus since 2009 due to funding shortages.
AROHO provides a biennial $50,000 award to a female writer who demonstrates solid creative goals and
has a specific project to accomplish during the two-year term of the grant. Eligible are works of Poetry,
Playwriting, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. Grant winners agree to a “moral” contract requiring them
to commit to a specific goal resulting in a finished work. They receive mentorship and support throughout
the grant period, and as a result give back to AROHO Foundation by going on to mentor successive Gift
of Freedom recipients.
URL: http://www.aroomofherown.org/giftfreedom.php
Deadline: October 11 (last known deadline)

Academy of American Poets (Poets.Org)

Note: click on Academy Book Awards under “About Us/What We Do” tab. Funding categories are listed
below:
URL: http://www.poets.org/index.cfm


    Academy Fellowship
    $25,000 for distinguished poetic achievement. Fellows are elected each summer by majority vote of
    the Academy’s Board of Chancellors.
    URL: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/106
    NB: Applications for this Fellowship are not accepted. Fellows are elected each summer by majority
    vote of the Academy's Board of Chancellors.

    Harold Morton Landon Translation Award
    $1,000 for a published translation of poetry from any language into English.
    URL: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/112
    Deadline: January 31

    James Laughlin Award
    $5,000 to recognize and support a poet's second book. Only manuscripts already under contract with
    publishes are considered. In addition to the monetary prize, the Academy will purchase copies of the
    book for distribution to its members.
    URL: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/109
    Deadline: May 15 (NB: Submissions are accepted starting January 1)




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    Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize
    $25,000 for the best book of poetry published in the previous year.
    URL: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/108
    Deadline: May 15
    Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Awards
    $5,000 book prize given during odd-numbered years for outstanding translations into English of
    modern Italian poetry. Translations may have been published at any time, but only books by living
    translators are eligible and self-published books are not accepted.
    $25,000 fellowship given during even-numbered years to enable an American translator to travel,
    study, or otherwise advance a significant work-in-progress. The fellowship winner also receives a
    residency at the American Academy in Rome.
    URL: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/111
    Deadline: December 31 (both odd- and even numbered years)
    (NB: Submissions begin September 1)
    Wallace Stevens Award
    $100,000 to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry.
    URL: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/107
    Walt Whitman Award
    $5,000 cash prize, publication of first book, and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center
    to an American who has never before published a book of poetry. The Academy also purchases
    copies of the book for distribution to its members.
    URL: http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/110
    Deadline: December 1
Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting

The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program is an international competition open to screenwriters
who have not earned more than $5,000 writing for film or television. Entry scripts must be the original
work of one author or of no more than two collaborative authors. Entries must have been written
originally in English. Adaptations and translated scripts are not eligible. Up to five $30,000 fellowships
are awarded each year.
URL: http://www.oscars.org/nicholl/

Deadline: May 1 (last known deadline)

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation awards yearly grants to writers in three rotating disciplines:
Theatre, Full-length Fiction, and Short Stories. All works submitted must present the gay and lesbian
lifestyle in a positive manner and be based on, or inspired by, a historic person, culture, event, or work of
art. Grants are for $1,000. The Foundation also offers grants (usually of $1,000) to production companies
to offset the expenses of producing gay-positive theatrical works based on history.
URL: http://www.aabbfoundation.org/contact.htm
Deadline: November 30 (last known deadline)

Bellwether Prize for Fiction
The Bellwether Prize specifically seeks to support a literature of social responsibility. Its intent is to
advocate serious literary fiction that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and
politics on human relationships. The prize is awarded to a previously unpublished novel representing
excellence in this genre. The prize is awarded in even-numbered years and consists of a $25,000 cash
payment and a contract with a major publisher.
URL: http://www.bellwetherprize.org/
Deadline: December 31


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Creative Arts Residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center
The Bellagio Center offers creative arts residencies for novelists, playwrights, and poets of one to four
months. Artists of significant achievement, from any country, are welcome. These residencies are
intended to provide time for disciplined work and individual reflection uninterrupted by the usual
professional and personal demands. Spouses/life partners may accompany the resident, or may apply for a
concurrent residency. Residencies are typically four-weeks, however, shorter periods may be available.
The Foundation seeks applicants who are able to demonstrate a history of significant achievement in their
respective artistic disciplines. Individuals from developing countries and young artists with significant
accomplishments are particularly encouraged to apply.
URL: http://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/bellagio-center/residency-programs/creative-artist-
residencies
Deadline: December 1 (NB: The application process will open on October 3, 2010.)

Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant
This is a three-year pilot program designed to support writers whose work addresses contemporary visual
art through project-based grants issued directly to individual authors. There is a category for short-form
writing (texts of 1,000 words or less). The Foundation funds articles that “…identify and explore pressing
issues in the contemporary visual arts…” and texts that “…illuminate the value contemporary art holds
for all viewers through its ability to complicate and enrich our understanding of our world and ourselves
and through its ability to offer a space of freedom from and critical engagement with prevailing norms.”
Grant amounts range from $3,000 to $50,000. A letter of inquiry is required and invitations to submit
applications are sent in mid-July.
URL: http://artswriters.org/index.php?action=home
Deadline: June 8 (last known deadline)

Djerassi Resident Artists Program
Residencies are awarded competitively, at no cost, to national and international artists in the disciplines of
choreography, literature, music composition, visual arts, and media arts/new genres. We seek applications
from emerging and mid-career artists, for whom appointments as resident artists may make a significant
difference to their careers, as well as from established artists with national and/or international
reputations. Those selected are offered living and studio space for four to five week sessions during the
season that runs from mid-March through mid-November. There is a $35 application fee.
URL: http://www.djerassi.org/residencies.html
Deadline: February 15

Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, New York Public Library
The Cullman Center funds an international fellowship program open to people whose work will benefit
directly from access to the collections at the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, including novelists,
poets, and playwrights engaged with the humanities. Cullman Center Fellows receive a stipend of
$65,000, an office, a computer, and full access to the Library’s physical and electronic resources. Fellows
are in-residence at the Center for the duration of the fellowship term, which runs September through May.
URL: http://www.nypl.org/locations/schwarzman/cullman-center-scholars-writers
Deadline: September 30

Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prizes
Several prizes varying from $1,000 up to as much as $25,000 are offered for the finest lyric poems
celebrating the spirit of life. The competition is open to any writer under the age of 40 on November 6,
2008. Only previously unpublished poems are eligible for the competition.
URL: http://dorothysargentrosenbergmemorialfund.org/
Deadline: October 16


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Edward F. Albee Foundation
William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center. The Edward F. Albee Foundation maintains the
William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center in Montauk, on Long Island, NY, as a residence for
writers, painters, sculptors, and composers. One-month residencies are available to eligible candidates
between June 1 and October 1 annually. Residents receive a room, but are responsible for their food,
travel, and other expenses. No stipend is available.
URL: http://www.albeefoundation.org/Welcome.html
Deadline: March 1 (NB: Applications are accepted beginning January 1)

Fine Arts Work Center Writing Fellowship
The Center offers a seven-month Fellowship residency program for creative writers in the early stages of
their careers. The Work Center provides living/work space and a modest monthly stipend of at least $500
to twenty fellows each year. Residencies run from October 1 through May 1.
URL: http://www.fawc.org/
Deadline: December 1

Foundation for Jewish Culture
URL: http://www.jewishculture.org/?pid=home

    Goldberg Prize for Jewish Fiction by Emerging Writers
    NOTE: The publisher must submit the proposal. This prize highlights works by promising new
    authors exploring Jewish themes. It is awarded to an American fiction writer for a first or second full-
    length work published in the previous calendar year. The award includes a prize of $2,500, as well as
    a one-week residency at Ledig House International Writers Colony in New York’s Hudson Valley.
    URL: http://www.jewishculture.org/?pid=literature
    Deadline: March 1 (last known deadline)

    Sidney and Hadassah Musher Subvention Grant in Jewish Studies
    The Foundation awards a single $3,000 grant on a biannual basis to support the publication of an
    outstanding first book project by a recent PhD (Applicants must have completed their PhDs within six
    years of application.) The prize recognizes the originality, scope, and scholarly rigor of any first book
    published within approved categories related to Jewish studies, including Arts and Literature.
    URL: http://www.jewishculture.org/?pid=scholarship&ss=musher
    Deadline: October 4 (last known deadline)

Furthermore Publishing Grants

Applications from 501(c)(3) organizations are being accepted for grants to assist in publishing nonfiction
books. Grants from individuals cannot be accepted. Book proposals to which a university press or trade
publisher is already committed and for which there is a feasible distribution plan are usually preferred. In
geographical scope, New York City and to New York State and its Hudson Valley is preferred but not
required. Grants range from $500 to $15,000.
URL: http://www.furthermore.org/

Deadline: March 15 and September 15

George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation
NOTE: The link does not work if clicked. Please copy and paste the link in your browser.
The foundation offers fellowships on a six-year rotation of fields in the Liberal and Fine Arts. Please
check the website for a list of eligible fields for each year’s competition. These one-year fellowships carry
a stipend of $25,000. Candidates should have completed their formal studies from five to fifteen years ago
and have completed at least one major project beyond degree requirements that would be sufficient for the


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awarding of tenure at a research institution or for achieving comparable peer recognition. Candidates who
are already nationally and internationally recognized leaders in their fields as reflected by their promotion
to full professor are not normally eligible. Candidates, regardless of their country of citizenship, must be
professionally based in the US either by institutional affiliation or by residence.
URL: http://www.brown.edu/Divisions/Graduate_School/Howard_Foundation/
Deadline: November 1

Harvard University
   Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
   NOTE: If so directed, Radcliffe will pay the stipend to the fellow's home institution. This is important
   for purposes of receiving Supplemental Salary Funding from the KU College of Liberal Arts and
   Sciences. Radcliffe Institute Fellowships support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of
   exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment who wish to pursue work in academic and
   professional fields and in the creative arts. The Radcliffe Institute sustains a continuing commitment
   to the study of women, gender, and society; however, projects need not focus on gender. Women and
   men from across the US and the world are encouraged to apply. Former fellows of the Radcliffe
   Institute Fellowship Program (1999 to present) are not eligible. Stipends are up to $70,000 for one
   year with additional funding for project expenses. Some support for relocation expenses is provided.
   URL: http://www.radcliffe.edu/fellowships/apply.aspx
   Deadline: October 3

Kate Tufts Discovery Award
The Kate Tufts Discovery Award is presented annually for a first book by a poet of genuine promise.
Work must be original poetry written originally in English by a poet who is a citizen or legal resident of
the United States. The work may be submitted by its author or, with the poet's consent, by a publisher,
agent, or other representative. Please see website for qualifying publishing dates.
URL: http://www.cgu.edu/tufts/tuftssubmit.html
Deadline: September 15

Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award
The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is presented annually for a work by an emerging poet, one who is past
the very beginning but has not yet reached the acknowledged pinnacle of his or her career. The work
submitted must be a book published between September 15, 2007 and September 15, 2008. Work must be
original poetry written originally in English by a poet who is a citizen or legal resident of the United
States. The work may be submitted by its author or, with the poet's consent, by a publisher, agent, or other
representative. The prize is $100,000.
URL: http://www.cgu.edu/tufts/tuftssubmit.html
Deadline: September 15

MacDowell Colony, Inc.
Residential Fellowships. MacDowell encourages artists from all backgrounds to apply, including creative
writers. Both artists with professional standing in their fields and emerging artists are eligible. The
maximum residence at the Colony in Peterborough, NH, is two months, and the average is four weeks.
Artists in residence receive room, board, and the exclusive use of a studio. Residencies are available for
Summer, Fall, and Winter periods.
URL: http://www.macdowellcolony.org/apply.html
Deadline: Winter: September 15; Summer: January 15; Fall: April 15

Magic Carpet Ride Mentorship
The Magic Carpet Ride Mentorship assists a promising magical realist writer to complete a polished
manuscript for submission to potential publishers. This competitive opportunity provides specialized


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instruction, direction, and 
 motivation specifically for a writer of literary magical realism. This
mentorship, valued at $1,500, is awarded annually to the applicant who is able to demonstrate a deep
commitment to completing his or her work in progress, strong writing skills, a desire to learn and
succeed, and a good understanding of the magical realist nature of his or her manuscript.
URL: http://www.angelfire.com/wa2/margin/MRCentral/mentorship.html
Deadline: October 31 (last known deadline)

Michigan Author Award
This award recognizes an outstanding published body of fiction, poetry, or play script. To qualify,
nominees must be current Michigan residents, recently relocated long-time Michigan residents, or authors
whose works are identified with Michigan. A panel of judges representing a broad spectrum of expertise
in writing, publishing and book collecting determines the recipient based on overall literary merit. The
Michigan Author Award winner receives $1,000.
URL: http://www.mla.lib.mi.us/maac
Deadline: January 25 (last known deadline)

Millay Colony for the Arts, Inc.
Millay Colony offers one-month residencies to six writers, visual artists, and composers each month
between the months of April and November. There is no stipend; rooms, studios, and meals are provided.
URL: http://www.millaycolony.org/residencies
Deadline: October 1

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Creative Writing Fellowship
The NEA offers $25,000 fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) or poetry to published
creative writers of exceptional talent. Fellowships are intended to enable recipients to set aside time for
writing, research, and travel. This program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose
available in FY 2010 and fellowships in poetry available in FY 2011.
URL: http://www.arts.endow.gov/grants/apply/Lit/index.html
Deadline: March 3 (last known deadline)

National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarly Edition Grants

Scholarly Editions Grants support the preparation by a team of at least two editors and staff of texts and
documents that are currently inaccessible or available in inadequate editions. Projects involving
significant literary, philosophical, and historical materials are typical in this grant program, but other
types of work, such as musical notation, are also eligible. Awards are made for one to three years and
normally range from $50,000 to $100,000 per year.
URL: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/editions.html
Deadline: October 28 (last known deadline)

National Science Foundation (NSF)
The NSF offers the Antarctic Artists and Writers Program every two years. The grant furnishes U.S.
Antarctic Program operational support, and round-trip economy air tickets between the U.S. and the
Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete
their proposed project. It does not provide funds for salary, materials, completion of the envisioned
works, or any other purpose–support is in-kind only. The purpose is to increase understanding and
appreciation of the Antarctic and of human activities on the southernmost continent. Through the
program, artists and writers may visit Antarctica to make first-hand observations that will inform their
efforts to interpret and represent the scientific activities being conducted in the Antarctic and the nature of
this unique ecosystem. Award winners are required to broadly disseminate the works they produce as a
public benefit; therefore the NSF expects well-developed plans for bringing the artistic or literary works
before the widest possible cross-section of the public. Five to eight awards are made every two years.


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Proposals must be submitted through the KU Center for Research.
URL: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2011/nsf11549/nsf11549.htm
Deadline: September 12, 2011; anticipated next deadline: September 12, 2013
New Issues Poetry Prize (Western Michigan University)
New Issues and Western Michigan University offer a $2,000 monetary prize and publication of a first
book of poems. To qualify, poets must write in English and have not published previously or have self-
published a full-length collection of poems. A manuscript and $15 reading fee serve as the application.
URL: http://www.wmich.edu/newissues/sub-guide.html
Deadline: November 30
PEN American Center

A membership association of prominent literary writers and editors, the PEN American Web site offers
many useful resources for grants, awards and other creative writing competitions.
URL (homepage): http://www.pen.org/

    Beyond Margins Awards
    The PEN/Beyond Margins Awards offers five prizes of $1,000 annually for book-length writings
    published in the US during the current calendar year by authors of color who have not received wide
    media coverage. Works of fiction, literary nonfiction, biography/memoir and other works of literary
    character are eligible. Publishers or agents may submit the three copies required for application.
    URL: http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/280
    Deadline: February 1
    Laura Pels Foundation Awards for Drama
    PEN and the Laura Pels Foundation offer two awards, one to honor a Grand Master of American
    Theater and the second to honor an outstanding new voice. A specially commissioned art object is
    presented to a master American dramatist, in recognition of his or her body of work. A cash prize of
    $7,500 is awarded to an American playwright in mid-career whose literary achievements are vividly
    apparent in the rich and striking language of his or her work. Playwrights must be nominated by their
    peers-producers, agents, critics, or other playwrights, who must write a letter of support describing in
    detail the literary character of the nominee's work, accompanied by a list of his or her produced work.
    URL: http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/283
    Deadline: February 1
    Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship
    The PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship of $5,000 is offered annually to an author of
    children's or young-adult fiction. The Fellowship is intended for writers whose work is of high
    literary caliber but who have not yet attracted a broad readership. It is designed to assist a writer at a
    crucial moment in his or her career, when monetary support is particularly needed to complete a
    book-length work-in-progress. Writers must be nominated by an editor or fellow writer.
    URL: http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/281
    Deadline: February 1
    Robert Bingham Fellowship
    This fellowship honors an exceptionally talented fiction writer whose debut work, a novel or
    collection of short stories published in calendar year 2008, represents distinguished literary
    achievement and suggests great promise. The winner receives a cash award of $35,000, a stipend
    intended to permit a significant degree of leisure in which to pursue a second work of literary fiction.
    The Robert Bingham Fellow is also encouraged to become an active participant in the PEN
    community and its programs.
    URL: http://www.pen.org/page.php/prmID/279
    Deadline: February 3


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Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing (Bucknell University)
This creative writing residency offers an emerging writer four months of unfettered writing time during
Bucknell's fall semester. The award is intended to allow the writer to complete a first or second book. It
includes lodging on campus, an office in the Stadler Center for Poetry, and a stipend of $4,000. The
Residence is awarded to writers of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction) and poets on an alternating basis.
The 2009/2010 award will be given to a prose writer for whom term of the residency will be late August
to mid-December 2009. Poets may apply in spring 2010 for the 2010/2011 poetry award.
URL: http://www.bucknell.edu/x3745.xml
Deadline: February 11

Poets and Writers Online (P&W) Funding for Readings/Workshops

P&W pays fees to writers giving readings or conducting workshops in large cities and small towns
throughout New York and California, as well as in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Seattle, New
Orleans, Tucson, and Washington D.C. Grants of $50-$350 for readings or spoken word performances,
and up to $500 for workshops are available; depending on the length of the series and the population
served, the maximum may be increased to $2,500.
URL: http://www.pw.org/content/funding_readingsworkshops
Deadline: Eight weeks before proposed event

Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts
Hodder Fellowship. The Hodder Fellowship was created for artists in the early stages of their careers. In
keeping with the bequest of Mary MacKall Gwinn Hodder, it is awarded to individuals during that crucial
period when they have demonstrated exceptional promise but have not yet received widespread
recognition. Typically, Hodder Fellows are poets, playwrights, novelists, creative nonfiction writers and
translators who have published one highly acclaimed book and are undertaking significant new work that
might not be possible without the “studious leisure” afforded by this fellowship. Hodder Fellows spend an
academic year at Princeton pursuing independent projects. Preference is given to individuals outside of
academia, and candidates for the Ph.D. degree are not eligible. You need not be a US citizen to apply.
URL: http://www.princeton.edu/arts/lewis_center/society_of_fellows/
Deadline: November 1

Rattle Poetry Prize
The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $5,000 for a single poem, plus ten honorable mentions of $100 each.
All 11 winning poems are published in the winter issue of RATTLE, and additional poems from the
entries are frequently offered publication as well. Applications consist of a manuscript, a $16 entry fee,
and a one-year subscription to Rattle.
URL: http://www.rattle.com/rpp/hardguide.htm
Deadline: August 1 (last known deadline)

Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships (The Poetry Foundation)
Five Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships of $15,000 will be awarded to young poets through a national
competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry. The fellowships are intended to
encourage the further study and writing of poetry. Applicants must be us citizens between the age of
twenty-one and thirty-one as of March 31, 2008. Guidelines and applications for the 2009 Ruth Lilly
Fellowships will be available February 1, 2009.
URL: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/programs/awards.html
Deadline: During the month of March (last known deadline)




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Sawtooth Poetry Prize from Ahsahta Press
The Sawtooth Poetry Prize honors a book of original poetry in English by one author; translations are not
eligible for this award. The winning poet receives a $1,500 honorarium upon publication plus 25 copies of
the published book. In addition to announcements in national publications, the winning book and author
will be featured on the Ahsahta website, as will lists of finalists and semi-finalists.
URL: http://ahsahtapress.boisestate.edu/contest.htm
Deadline: March 1 (Submissions begin January 1)

Stanford Creative Writing Program Wallace Stegner Fellowship
Stanford offers ten two-year fellowships each year, five in fiction and five in poetry. The fellows in each
genre convene weekly in a 3-hour workshop with faculty. Fellows are regarded as working artists, intent
upon practicing and perfecting their craft. There are no curricular requirements other than workshop
attendance and writing. Fellowships include a living stipend of $26,000. In addition, fellows' tuition and
health insurance are covered. The Stegner Fellowship is not intended to be pursued concurrently with a
degree program. Fellows must live close enough to Stanford to attend workshops, readings, and events.
URL: http://www.stanford.edu/group/creativewriting/stegner.html
Deadline: December 1

FUNDING FOR TRANSLATION OF CREATIVE WORKS

National Endowment for the Arts
Through fellowships to published translators, the Arts Endowment supports projects for the translation of
specific works of prose, poetry, or drama from other languages into English. Application materials are
available online only. Grants are for $12,500 or $25,000, depending on the artistic excellence and merit of
the project. This is a grants.gov requiredapplication (CFDA No. 45.024).
URL: http://nea.gov/grants/apply/LitTranslation/index.html
Deadline: January 6 (last known deadline)

SELECTED ONLINE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES LISTS FOR CREATIVE WRITERS

The following entries offer links to online databases and compilations of contests, competitions, and
funding opportunities for creative writers.

Association of Hispanic Arts Grants and Other Opportunities for Artists
Identifies funds, fellowships, and other resources for creative people in media, performing arts, Visual
Arts, Writing/Literary, and Other Arts. The website is under construction as of this update so click on
opportunities for information on grants, fellowships, and other resources at the following URL.
URL: http://www.latinoartsinc.org/


Community of Science Funding Opportunities Database
Do not be put-off by the word “science” in the name. This is the best overall source for funding
information available online and KU faculty and students have free access from any KU computer. Select
Main Search and then type in writing or a related term in the "All Fields" box. To refine your search
further, choose additional qualifications in the requirements, citizenship, activity location, funding type,
and sponsor boxes. If you get no results, eliminate some of the qualifications.
URL: http://fundingopps2.cos.com/


Creative Writing Resource Directory

Look under contests for information about funding for writing.
URL: http://www.creative-writing-secrets.com/



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Foundation Center, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
This online database offers information about foundation and public charity programs that fund artists,
researchers, and other grant-seekers. There is a free service and more advanced service is available for
monthly, three-month, or yearly subscription rates.
URL: http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/fundingsources/gtio.html

Funds for Writers

This website provides information on grants, awards, fellowships, and contests for writers.
URL: http://www.fundsforwriters.com/


National Writers Union
 (NWU)
NWU is the trade union for freelance writers of all genres who work for American publishers or
employers. The site offers information about how to apply for funding and obtain union documents.
URL: 
 http://www.nwu.org/

Poets and Writers Magazine Grants and Awards Database
This database contains an extensive list of grants and awards, deadlines, and state grants of potential
interest to writers and poets. Poets & Writers Magazine announces state and national prizes in poetry,
fiction, and creative nonfiction. Because of space limitations, it lists only prizes of $1,000 or more, prizes
of $500 or more that charge no entry fee, and prestigious non-monetary awards.
URL: http://www.pw.org/grants?apage=*&

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Postdoctoral Awards in Media Communications

A compilation of resources by Francisco Alberto Tomei Torres, Ph.D. Covers Advertising,
Communications, Filmmaking, Journalism, Marketing, Motion Pictures, Print, Radio, Television,
Writing.
URL: http://scholarships.fatomei.com/scholar12.html


Smartwriters Writing Contests and Grants

A compilation of links by Smartwriters.com.

URL: http://www.smartwriters.com/index.2ts?page=contests


WritersDigest.com

Visit the writing contests and competitions page for listings of awards.
URL: http://www.writersdigest.com/





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