Writers' Emergency Fund

PEN America

U.S. Citizens and residents
Coming Soon

PEN America will distribute grants to professional writers with a financial need, especially one resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.


  • Program will provide grants of $500 to $1,000
  • All recipients of emergency funding will be given a complimentary one-year membership to PEN America
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  • Applicants do not have to be official members of PEN America to receive a grant
  • Must be a writer with professional credentials. Examples include: publication of one or more books; multiple essays, short stories, or poems in literary anthologies or literary journals (either online or in print) in the last two years; a full-length play, performed in a theater of more than 250 seats by a professional theater company. Productions in academic settings qualify if not a student at the time of the production
  • Other qualifications that support the applicant’s professional identity as a writer

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  • Create an account at the link provided to submit an application
  • Questions may be addressed writersfund@pen.org
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  • A copy of your most recently completed tax return
  • A brief statement of need
  • Three professional references
  • Samples demonstrating writer's work

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