Emergency Fund for Diverse Creatives in Children’s Publishing

We Need Diverse Books

U.S. Citizens and residents
Coming Soon

We Need Diverse Books will provide emergency grants to diverse children’s literature authors, illustrators, and publishing professionals who are experiencing dire financial need as a result of COVID-19.


  • One-time grants of $500 to cover household expenses, medical payments, debt, rent, mortgage, or other similar costs
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Must be a U.S. resident

Must be at least 18 years of age

Applicants must identify as one or more of the following:

  • Person of color
  • Native American
  • Person with a disability
  • Marginalized religious or cultural minority

For writers and illustrators: 

  • Must be a published author and/or illustrator, with at least one book-length title at a traditional publishing house 
  • Published work must include at least one title aimed for children or teens. This includes: Picture Books, Early Reader Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Non-Fiction, and Poetry
  • Must have lost income due to canceled school or library visits
  • We Need Diverse Books is unable to consider self-published authors and/or illustrators

For publishing professionals: 

  • Must be furloughed or recently laid off from a publisher or literary agency. Their position must have focused on children’s literature

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  • A list of your most recent sources of income before the pandemic
  • Contact information for your employer or client (to confirm employment and/or the status of your contracts)
  • For authors and illustrators: provide documentation of canceled school visits. This may include screenshots that show the cancellation of visits or contact information for parties who can confirm lost income, like a booking agent or a librarian where the canceled visit would’ve taken place
  • For publishing professionals: provide documentation of your primary source of income
  • A statement of need and how you would use these funds (Maximum of 250 words) 
  • A copy of your most recent bank statement

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