Writers’ Emergency Fund
The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund is an emergency fund for professional—published or produced—writers in acute financial crisis. Depending on the situation and need, the Fund gives average grants of $2,000. It is the Fund’s preference not to give repeated grants within a three-year period.
The Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS, administered under the PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund, gives grants of up to $2,000 to professional writers and editors who face serious financial difficulties because of HIV or AIDS-related illness.
The Writers’ Emergency Fund does not exist for research purposes, to enable the completion of writing projects, or to fund publications or organizations. The Writers’ Emergency Fund is for writers whose primary professional occupation is writing. Self-published authors or those published by vanity presses are not eligible. Writers do not have to be Members of PEN America to receive a grant. Applications are considered at meetings of the Fund’s committee, which take place every few months.
In 2015, the PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund and Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS distributed more funds than ever to U.S.-based writers who were facing acute, financial crises, allocating $60,300 to 35 applicants between ages 38 and 85. These grants are made possible by the generous support from the Lannan Foundation, The Haven Foundation, PEN America Members, and other supporters. If you would like to support the PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund, click here to make a donation.
Next deadline: October 15, 2018.
How to Apply
1. Please be sure to review the fund’s full list of eligibility guidelines before applying.
2. If you meet the eligibility requirements, click here to download an application.
3. Submit your application via email, fax, or mail. The last page of the application provides instructions for how to submit the application to the Writers’ Emergency Fund.
For further information, please email PEN’s America Writers’ Emergency Fund Administrator at [email protected]
Additional Resources for Writers
In an effort to provide further assistance to writers in need, PEN has compiled the following lists of resources. All organizations should be contacted directly as they are not affiliated with PEN.