Funding for Writers

Fellowships, Grants, and Residencies with Fall Deadlines

When you're trying to complete a big project, funding can make all the difference. The funding opportunities below are listed by deadline date, beginning in September. The basics are here; click through for complete guidelines.

If you're looking for novel and short story contests, see our contest calendars. Or move on to spring funding opportunities.

  • Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards -- September 1
    Awards of $5,000 or $10,000 for creative artists who are Ohio residents. Fiction writers should submit application online and 20-30 pages of prose via snail mail; see site for full details. No application fee.
  • Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grants -- September 1
    Project-based grants of up to $2,500 for women and trans artists in the Delaware Valley region (Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties) who create art for social change. The grant supports projects that have an impact on the artist and a larger group, audience, or community. Mail application to: Leeway Foundation, The Philadelphia Building, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
  • Bronx Writers' Center Literary Arts Fellowship and Residency -- September 4
    Two nine-month fellowships and a $5,000 award are given to writers who reside in the Bronx. Send submissions to Fellowship, The Bronx Writers' Center, c/o Westchester Square Library, 2521 Glebe Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461. No entry fee.
  • PEN USA initiated Emerging Voices to launch potential professional writers from minority, immigrant, and underserved communities. It is an eight-month program involving writers in the early stages of their literary careers. The program includes sessions with mentors, seminars, master classes with a renowned novelist, courses in the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension, one-month teaching residencies, a monthly book group, and literary readings. PEN USA provides $1,000 stipends. Look online for more information and to download application. Application fee: $10.
  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships -- September 15
    Provides fellowships for advanced professionals in all fields, including creative arts. Write John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 90 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016, for an application or see the site.
  • Jentel Artist Residency Program Winter/Spring Residency -- September 15
    The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers dedicated individuals a supportive environment in which to further their creative development. Each artist and writer is offered a private accommodation, a work space, and a stipend. Download an application from their site, or write to: Admissions, Jentel Artist Residency Program, 130 Lower Piney Creek Road, Banner, WY 82832. $20.00 application fee.
  • The MacDowell Colony, Winter Period -- September 15
    A two-page application form, a work sample, a project description, and one reference are needed to apply. For further information, please contact: The Admissions Coordinator, The MacDowell Colony, 100 High Street, Peterborough, NH 03458, 603-924-3886, Note that they must receive the application by the 15th. $20.00 application fee.
  • Christopher Isherwood Foundation Fiction Fellowships -- October 1
    Grants awarded to writers who have published at least one book of fiction to enable writers to set aside time for writing. Mail completed applications to: James White, Christopher Isherwood Foundation, 1708 21st Ave South #301, Nashville, TN 37212. No entry fee.
  • Harvard University Radcliffe Institute Fellowships -- October 1
    Support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts. Stipends up to $60,000. Apply via mail or online. No entry fee.
  • American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Fellowships for Historical Research -- October 5
    The AAS is calling for applications for visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history. The fellowships provide recipients with a period of uninterrupted research, reading, and collegial discussion at the Society, located in Worcester, Massachusetts. No application fee.
  • NYFA Artists' Fellowships -- October 6
    Artists' Fellowships are $7,000 cash awards made to individual artists living and working in New York State. There are no restrictions on the use of the money, which is for work already accomplished. The literature prize alternates between fiction and poetry; the 2008-2009 cycle is for poetry. See the NYFA website for application and guidelines. No entry fee.
  • Wyoming Arts Council Blanchan/Doubleday Awards -- October 31
    Three $3,000 fellowships given annually to Wyoming literary artists and two prizes of $1,000 each are awarded, the Neltje Blanchan Memorial Award and the Frank Nelson Doubleday Award. See site or contact WAC for details.
  • Princeton University Alfred Hodder Fellowships -- November 1
    Created specifically for humanists in the early stages of their careers, the Hodder Fellowship is awarded to two individuals per year who have demonstrated exceptional promise but have not yet received widespread recognition. Hodder Fellows spend a year in Princeton, teaching one course and pursuing independent projects. The stipend is $60,000. No entry fee.
  • Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award -- November 17
    Three prizes of $10,000 each are given annually to writers of African descent to honor a book of fiction, a first book of fiction, and a book of creative nonfiction published in the current year. Two finalists in each category will receive $5,000 each. Publishers may submit a novel, novella, short story collection, or memoir. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the site for application and complete guidelines. Hurston/Wright Foundation, 6525 Belcrest Road, Suite 531, Hyattsville, MD 20782. $25 entry fee.
  • Arrowhead Regional Arts Council McKnight/ARAC Individual Artist Grants -- November 28
    Six fellowships of up to $4,000 to pursue a specific opportunity. See site for details. No entry fee.
  • Ledig House Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation New Jersey Writers' Fellowship -- November 30
    Each year one New Jersey writer will be selected for a one-week to two-month residency at Ledig House, a residency in the Hudson River Valley. Submit bio, one-page description of work to be undertaken while at Ledig House, letter of recommendation, and either a copy of recently published work or an unpublished 10-page writing sample to Ledig House Applications, New Jersey Writers' Fellowship, 55 Fifth Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10003. No application fee.
    • Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown Fellowships -- December 1
      Fellowships for a 7-month residency at the Fine Arts Work Center are awarded annually to 10 writers. Each fellowship includes an apartment and a monthly stipend of $650. Submit application, personal statement, and 8 copies of up to 35 pages of fiction to Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Seven-Month Fellowships, 24 Pearl Street, Provincetown, MA 02657. $45.00 application fee.
    • Human Rights Watch Hellman/Hammett Grants -- December 1
      Grants of $1,000 to $10,000 each are given annually to writers in financial need as a result of political persecution. Submit nominations to Human Rights Watch, Hellman/Hammett Grants, 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10118-3299. No entry fee.
    • Phillips Exeter Academy George Bennett Fellowship -- December 1
      Provides time and freedom from material considerations to a person seriously pursuing a career as a writer. It provides a stipend (at present $10,000) for one academic year, as well as housing and meals for this person and family, at Academy expense. Send application and personal statement to Bennett Fellowship, Phillips Exeter Academy, 20 Main Street, Exeter, New Hampshire 03833-2460. $10.00 entry fee.
    • Stanford University Wallace Stegner Fellowships -- December 1
      Stanford offers ten two-year fellowships each year, five in fiction and five in poetry. Fellowships include a living stipend of $26,000 and required workshop tuition of approximately $6,500. Submit fiction manuscript, totaling no more than 9,000 words, composed of two short stories, one short story and a novel excerpt, or one novel excerpt to: Stanford University, Wallace Stegner Fellowships, Creative Writing Program, Stanford Creative Writing Program, 450 Serra Mall, Building 460, Stanford, CA 94305-2087. $60.00 application fee.
    • Pew Fellowships in the Arts Literary Fellowships -- December 5
      Fellowships of $60,000 each are given every four years to Philadelphia-area writers of fiction and creative nonfiction to allow them to concentrate on their writing. Submit a manuscript of two to three works totaling 20 to 30 pages with proof of residence and two copies of the application form to Pew Fellowships in the Arts, Philadelphia Center for Arts & Heritage, 1608 Walnut Street, 18th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103. No application fee.
    • Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Individual Artist Grants for Women -- December 31
      Grants of up to $1,500 are given twice yearly to U.S. and Canadian feminist writers. Submit three copies of a short story or novel excerpt of up to 25 pages, a project description, a budget proposal, and a resumé to Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Individual Artist Grants for Women, P.O. Box 309, Wilton, NH 03086. Susan Pliner, Executive Director. Send SASE for complete guidelines. $20 application fee.


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