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Why not Apply for a Writers Grant?

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Grants-Funding

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Dreaming of writing full time, but just don’t have the money to make the writer’s life a reality? Grants for aspiring writers might offer the aid to supplement your income until you will be established as a writer. Many organizations offer grants for writers to help them to complete their projects or help even during emergencies, such as Stephen Kings foundation. See what’s offered in the USA and Canada:
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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT for the Arts Literature Fellowships
Through Literature Fellowships to published creative writers and translators of exceptional talent in the areas of prose and poetry, the Arts Endowment advances its goal of encouraging and supporting artistic creativity and preserving our diverse cultural heritage.
Creative Writing Fellowships enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Non-matching grants are for $25,000.
Translation Projects enable recipients to translate work from other languages into English. Non-matching grants are for $12,500 or $25,000, depending upon the artistic excellence and merit of the project.
http://www.nea.gov/grants/apply/lit.html
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STEPHEN KING’s “The Haven Foundation”
He writes: “I was struck by a careless driver and nearly killed while taking my daily walk. It was ten months before I was able to work productively again. My friend Frank Muller, suffered terrible head injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident. My response to this has been the creation of The Haven Foundation.”
Applications and all supporting documentation for the current round of grants must be received no later than November 23rd, 2012. All applications received after that date will be held for the next round of grants.
http://www.thehavenfdn.org/
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LOUISIANA GRANDS
The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Economic Opportunity Fund (EOF) is designed to increase the entrepreneurial capacity and economic health of cultural economy producers. These funds are targeted to unique opportunities to earn income that are not a part of the applicant’s regular work or programming. It includes: visual arts and crafts, performing arts, film, digital media, music, culinary arts, design, traditional culture bearers, entertainment, LITERARY ARTS and humanities, architecture and historic preservation.
http://culturaleconomy.org/category/resources/opportunities/funding-grants/

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LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA
The Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry, founded in 2005, is given each year to a poet with strong connections to the Commonwealth of Virginia. The $10,000 annual prize recognizes significant recent contributions to the art of poetry and is awarded on the basis of a range of achievements in the field of poetry. Also awarded at the Celebration are the Annual People’s Choice Awards for the best works of fiction and nonfiction by a Virginia author and the Whitney and Scott Cardozo Award for Children’s Literature. Voting for this year’s People’s Choice Awards has closed. Finalists for the 2012 Library of Virginia Literary Awards have been announced. The winner in each category will be announced at the Awards Celebration on October 20, 2012. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 awards.
http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/litawards/nominate.asp

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CREATIVE CAPITAL
Every three years, Creative Capital will begin accepting online Letters of Inquiry for grants in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts.
To be eligible to apply, an artist must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident,
  • at least 25 years old,
  • a working artist with at least five
  • years of professional experience, and
  • not a full-time student.

Selected grantees receive up to $50,000 in direct support and a suite of services valued at more than $40,000.
http://creative-capital.org/apply

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BERTON HOUSE Writers’ Retreat, Dawson City, Yukon Territory
Professional Canadian writers who have one published book and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, play-writing, journalism — are all encouraged to apply for Canada’s most northern Writers’ Retreat. The Writer’s Retreat offers writers time, and a remote location to pursue their professional projects. The writer will be housed in the Berton House at no cost in rent or utilities. Travel costs to and from Dawson will also be covered! The writer is responsible for a public reading in Whitehorse and Dawson City and a summary of their stay at Berton House.
http://www.bertonhouse.ca/retreat.html
A monthly honorarium is provided to help cover food and other living expenses. The competition to be a writer-in-residency during the 2014-15 season is now open. An online application form is available. The deadline for submissions is October 4, 2013.
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HAIG BROWN RESIDENCY
Published authors are being invited to apply for the 2013-2014 Haig-Brown House Writer in Residence position. The residency entails spending the winter months (or a portion thereof) living in the Haig-Brown Heritage House, which is under the management of the Museum at Campbell River on Vancouver Island (BC).
The modest four bedroom house reflects the character of writer Roderick Haig-Brown and his wife Ann. Located in a peaceful setting on the banks of the Campbell River on Vancouver Island, it contains a Heritage library and is surrounded by two acres of garden and 17 acres of public parkland.  The writer’s time will be divided between pursuing personal writing projects and providing literary advice and support to the local community, and participate in Museum winter programming. A stipend of up to $2000 per month, depending on available funding, will be provided.

Please include a resume (maximum two pages), a list of publications, a one-page proposal of anticipated community activities, and a sample of work in progress (20 pages); with reasons why the residency would further your work. Forward your application package to Sandra Parrish, Museum at Campbell River, Box 70 Stn A, Campbell River, BC V9W 4Z9. Deadline is January 31, 2014. For further information contact sandra.parrish@crmuseum.ca
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CANADIAN SHORT STORY PRIZE 2013
Canada Writes, with partners CBC, Canada Council for the Arts, Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and “The Banff Centre”, are pleased to announce the Grand Prize winner will receive $6,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and will have his/her story published in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine and on the Canada Writes website. She or he will also be awarded a two-week residency at The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony, and will be interviewed on CBC Radio. The 4 runners-up will each receive $1,000, courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, and their stories will be published on the Canada Writes website.
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in average one in three proposals typically receives a grant!  It is a myth that you have to be famous in order to get a grant. Truth is, most people who are awarded grants are on their way up, not already there. Fear of being rejected prevents a lot of people from applying for opportunities that are out there.  If you have never written a grant proposal before, do some research on the topic before you begin. Numerous how-to listings and guidelines offer insights to novice grant writers, and even those with experience. Understand the meanings of the vocabulary being used in grant guidelines or to access a glossary of common terms. Some sponsor guidelines will even provide just such a glossary unique to the particular sponsor.

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2013 Grants for Writers and Artists

How to apply for grants?
Good news in average one in three proposals typically receives a grant!  It is a myth that you have to be famous in order to get a grant. Truth is, most people who are awarded grants are on their way up, not already there. Fear of being rejected prevents a lot of people from applying for opportunities that are out there.

If you have never written a grant proposal before, do some research on the topic before you begin. Numerous how-to listings and guidelines offer insights to novice grant writers, and even those with experience. Understand the meanings of the vocabulary being used in grant guidelines or to access a glossary of common terms. Some sponsor guidelines will even provide just such a glossary unique to the particular sponsor.
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New York Foundation for the Arts
Emergency Relief Fund for Hurricane Sandy Victims
Artists of any discipline who reside in Connecticut, New Jersey or New York are eligable if they suffered damage to physical work, to homes/studios/other facilities, loss of equipment or supplies, loss of income such as cancelled performances/appearances/engagements. The majority of grants will range between $1,000 and $5,000, but there may be extraordinary circumstances in which slightly smaller or larger grants might be made. A separate fund has been established for arts organizations; for information email info@emergencygrants.org
http://www.nyfa.org/level2.asp?id=202&fid=1

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Blue Ridge Grants for Artists
Open to artists in southwest Virginia, this Grants for Artists Program (GAP) is designed to support activities for artists to create, refine, perform or exhibit their work, while furthering their careers. Artists must have attained a certain level of proficiency as represented in the quality of work samples submitted with the application. Artistic disciplines include literature, media arts, music, dance, folk arts, theater and visual arts. Artists are eligible for up to $1,000 per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).
http://theartscouncil.org/artists

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The Leeway Foundation
Grants to support women and transgender artists in the Philadelphia area, who create art for social change. Art and Change Grant provides up to $2,500 for project-based work and the Leeway Transformation Award gives $15,000 in unrestricted funds to artists with at least five years experience. Applicant support sessions are an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a Leeway representative to get direct feedback on your application. Drop-in sessions do not require an appointment and will be held from 2:00pm-7:00pm: January 31: West Philadelphia
http://www.leeway.org/apply-for-grants/about-the-grants.html

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Mesa Refuge
The Mesa Refuge is a writers’ retreat located in Point Reyes Station, CA. It is one of the few retreats in the United States that supports people writing about nature, economics and social equity. Since 1998, we have granted residencies to over 500 writers. The Refuge offers two and four-week residencies to writers who need the solitude essential to creative work. Essayists, journalists, economists, naturalists, screenwriters and authors of memoirs. The Refuge hosts three residents at a time. Each enjoys a private room in a spacious shared house. Location Point Reyes Station, California. Room and most dinners are provided at no cost, however donations are welcome. Travel to and from Point Reyes is each resident’s responsibility. Application fee of $25 to cover administrative costs.
http://www.mesarefuge.org/

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North Dakota Fellowships
The Individual Artist Fellowship program recognizes practicing artists residing in North Dakota with a monetary fellowship award. The program is designed to support professional artists with outstanding talent and ability to improve their artistic skills and enhance their career opportunities. Fellowships for literary and musical artists are now available for 2013. Award amount: $2,500. Deadline date: February 15, 2013.
http://www.nd.gov/arts/grants/grant.html

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For more grant offers check out these websites periodically: Mira’s List and Res Artis  (international, can be sorted by deadlines)

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GRANTS: Writer-in-Residence USA

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Cactoctin Mountain Park, MD
The Artist-In-Residence, including writers, will spend two weeks immersed in the natural and cultural resources of the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland. During this residency, the artist will produce a novel work and share the artistic process with the public. Application may be made for one- or two- week periods. The Catoctin Forest Alliance will accept applications for the Artist-In-Residence Program no later than February 15, 2014
www.catoctinair.org

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The Lillian E. Smith Foundation Writer-in-Service Award
It includes a two-week residency, a $500 honorarium, and a $300 travel allowance, and is given once a year. The Award is open to residents of the United Sates working to advance the arts through public service careers or volunteer work. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, arts education, literacy instruction, prison arts and education, English as a second language instruction, art-related therapies, etc. The Writer-in-Service Award residency, Smith Center in Clayton, Georgia, in 2013 provides two weeks of peaceful solitude to focus a new or ongoing writing project. This award provides an opportunity for those writers who like Lillian E. Smith recognize “the power of the arts to transform the lives of all human beings.” Deadline November 15, 2014.
http://lillianesmith.org/
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Maine Fellowships
The Individual Artist Fellowships reward artistic excellence, advance the careers of Maine artists and promote public awareness regarding the eminence of the creative sector in Maine. The Maine Arts Commission offers five fellowships annually in functional craft, literature, visual arts, performing/media arts and traditional arts. Literary Arts deadline May 2, 2014. Grant amount: $13,000.
http://mainearts.maine.gov/grant_individualfellowship.aspx
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Colorado Jumpstart Awards
Jumpstart Awards provide fresh energy to writers, artists and creative entrepreneurs to help stimulate their creative business or organization, whether non-profit or commercial. The end goal is that grantees will achieve tangible business benefits, such as increased revenue, new audiences or improved management practices. Deadline: June 19, 2014. The maximum request is $4,000 if your arts income in 2013 was between $25,000 and $99,000. Funds are paid on a reimbursement basis upon receipt of final report and expense receipts.
http://www.coloradocreativeindustries.org/manage-your-award
http://www.coloradocreativeindustries.org/Artists%20%26%20Entrepreneurs/colorado-creates-grant

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|Big Cypress National Preserve Residencies, FL
The Artist-In-Residence Program at Big Cypress National Preserve offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the preserve’s inspiring landscape. Selected artists stay in a dormitory setting, with each person having their own room, and sharing living room / dining room / kitchen and bathroom space. Big Cypress primarily looks for short-term (less than one month) and long-term (one to three months) residents during our wet (May through October) and dry (November through April) seasons.
Entries are accepted for the 2015-2016 Artist-In-Residence Program with postmarks dated September 1, through November 30, 2014.
http://www.nps.gov/bicy/supportyourpark/artist-in-residence-program.htm

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Sleeping Bear Dunes Ntl Park, MI

The Artist-In-Residence program is open to professional American writers, composers and visual artists, including photographers, whose work can be influenced and enhanced by this superb Michigan scene. It provides resident artists the opportunity to capture the moods of Sleeping Bear Dunes in their particular medium. The program provides rent-free use of either a campsite in one of the developed mainland campgrounds, or a park house located in the vicinity of the village of Empire. A three-week time block is available during October. The artist is asked to donate to the park an original piece of work representative of their medium, produced during the residency, and to contribute to the advancement of the park’s mission.
http://www.nps.gov/slbe/parkmgmt/artistinresidence.htm

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Turkeyland Cove Foundation, 
Massachusetts
For New England and NY State residents only! Turkey Land Cove Foundation offers a personal retreat for motivated women in Edgartown, MA., to pursue their professional, educational and artistic goals, away from the distractions of daily life. TLC Foundation will review the financial circumstances of each applicant and will only make grants to women who could otherwise not afford the period of retreat. Our grants cover room and board plus reasonable transportation expenses. Based on individual need, we will also consider helping fund increased home expenses, necessitated by a caregiver’s absence, as well as goal-related expenses or materials relevant to the purpose of the grant, on a case-by-case basis. After her stay, each grantee will be required to write periodic reports updating the board about her progress towards her goal and how this grant has affected her life. The first report is due within six months of her stay, and then once annually for three years. The deadline for our fall session 2014 (September 15 through February 1, 2015) is June 1, 2014.
http://www.turkeylandcovefoundation.org/
http://turkeylandcovefoundation.webs.com/TLCF%20Foundation%20Brochure.pdf

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360 XOCHI QUETZEL Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

This FREE one-month artist residency on Lake Chapala in central Mexico, beginning December 2012, will serve artists, especially fiber artists and writers. We offer a beautiful home with kitchen and living room downstairs and your bedroom and a spacious studio upstairs. There are also 2.5 bathrooms. You will also have free local phone service. International calls can be made via Skype.
http://www.artistcommunities.org/residencies/360-xochi-quetzal

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GRANTS: Writers-in-Residence CANADA

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Haig-Brown Writer in Residence, Vancouver Island
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Published authors are being invited to apply for the 2013-2014 Haig-Brown House Writer in Residence position. The residency entails spending the winter months (or a portion thereof) living in the Haig-Brown Heritage House, which is under the management of the Museum at Campbell River.
For those who are not familiar with the West Coast: Winter on Vancouver Island is almost like Summer in San Francisco.
The very modest four bedroom house reflects the character of writer Roderick Haig-Brown and his wife Ann. Located in a peaceful setting on the banks of the Campbell River on Vancouver Island, it contains a Heritage library and is surrounded by two acres of garden and 17 acres of public parkland.
The writer’s time will be divided between pursuing personal writing projects and providing literary advice and support to the local community, with writing time favored on a 60/40 basis (as per Canada Council’s Author Residencies Program guidelines). The writer would also participate in Museum winter programming.

A stipend of up to $2000 per month, depending on available funding, will be provided.
Please include a resume (maximum two pages), a list of publications, a one-page proposal of anticipated community activities, and a sample of work in progress (20 pages); with reasons why the residency would further your work. Forward your application package to Sandra Parrish, Museum at Campbell River, Box 70 Stn A, Campbell River, BC V9W 4Z9.
For further information contact sandra.parrish@crmuseum.ca   Deadline January 31, 2013.
http://www.haig-brown.bc.ca/writer-in-residence.html

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Berton House Writers’ Retreat , Dawson City, Yukon Territory
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Professional Canadian writers who have one published book and are established in any creative literary discipline(s) — fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, journalism — are all encouraged to apply.

The following is a list of the possible retreat times:
* January, February, March
* April, May, June
* July, August, September
* October, November, December

The Writers’ Retreat Provides: The Writer’s Retreat offers writers time and a remote location to pursue their professional projects. The writer will be housed in the Berton House at no cost in rent or utilities. A monthly honorarium is provided to help cover food and other living expenses. Travel costs to and from Dawson will be covered!
The writer is responsible for a public reading in Whitehorse and Dawson City and a summary of their stay at Berton House, including any press clippings from local newspapers.

The writer is also encouraged to:
* interface with the public and the local literary community
* feature their work in local newspapers and on local radio stations
* avail themselves for interviews with local media
* hold writing workshops in the community and/or at the schools and colleges

Applications may be submitted by mail or email to: jdavies@writerstrust.com
Berton House Writers’ Retreat,
c/o The Writers’ Trust of Canada
200-90 Richmond St. East,
Toronto, ON M5C 1P1
http://www.bertonhouse.ca/retreat.html

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog, covering twelve retreats and writers-in-residence programs you can apply for now.

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Grants and Awards for Writers – Get the Money! Apply!

How to Apply for Funding:
Among the country’s largest grant makers, in average one proposal in three is typically funded. Study the requirements carefully, ask for copies of grant proposals they have previously funded. Some samples can even be found on their websites or other resources available online. Write your proposal in a positive manner and language and proof-read it carefully. Explain how your project can benefit others. For more tips on how to apply for funding stay tuned for the next blog, click on follow at the top of this site and receive a notification when a new blog post appears.

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Creative Capital – Warhol Foundation
The next application will open in April 2013. The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through grants issued directly to individual authors. The first program of its kind, it was founded in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture. Arts Writers Grant applications will be accepted in the five following project types: Article, Blog, Book, New and Alternative Media, and Short-Form Writing. For more information on Grant Programs and Guidelines join the email list.
http://artswriters.org/application.html

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California Writers Award
The California Writers Exchange contest introduces emerging writers from California to the New York literary community and provides them a network for professional advancement. Every third year, writers in California are invited to submit manuscripts. Judges review the entries and select a winning poet and fiction writer. Winners are flown to New York City for an all-expenses-paid, weeklong trip to meet with literary agents, editors, publishers, and writers, and to give a public reading. Includes $500 stipend.
Deadline August 31, 2012
http://www.pw.org/about-us/california_writers_exchange_award

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Louisiana Cultural Grants
The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Economic Opportunity Fund (EOF) is designed to increase the entrepreneurial capacity and economic health of cultural economy producers. These funds are targeted to unique opportunities to earn income that are not a part of the applicant’s regular work or programming. Louisiana’s cultural economy is defined as the people, enterprises, and communities that transform cultural skills, knowledge, and ideas into economically productive goods, services, and places. It includes: visual arts and crafts, performing arts, film, digital media, music, culinary arts, design, traditional culture bearers, entertainment, LITERARY ARTS and humanities, architecture and historic preservation.
Deadline August 31, 2012
http://culturaleconomy.org/

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Quick Funds – Idaho
Open to emerging and established artists who have attained a certain level of proficiency as represented by work samples, the grants provide timely assistance for projects, activities, or travel to seminars, workshops, and conferences. Quick Projects requests can be for up to $1,500 with a cash match of 1:3 (example: request $1,500, match $500). Individuals in all disciplines may apply for a project or activity, with a maximum request of $1,500. Professional Development requests can be for up to $750 with a cash match of 1:1.
http://www.arts.idaho.gov/grants/indquick.aspx

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Helen McCloy MWA Scholarship
The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. The scholarship ($500) shall be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs taking place in the U.S. in summer, fall or winter of 2013 or early spring 2014. Applicants must select a specific writing classes, workshops, seminars to which scholarship funds would be applied.
Deadline: February 28, 2013
http://www.mysterywriters.org/?q=AwardsPrograms-McCloy

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Funding for workshops by Poets & Writers
To support as many literary events as possible, we generally grant no more than $1,500 to organizations in New York State and California, and $500 to organizations in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, New Orleans, Seattle, Tucson, and Washington, D.C., during the course of our fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). Decisions on maximum grant amounts are based on the availability of funds and are made at the discretion of Poets & Writers. Grants for readings or spoken word performances range from $50 to $350. Grants for workshops range from $100 to $200 per session. We encourage organizations to match our payments to writers, but this requirement may be waived if there are extenuating circumstances. We make grants for writers’ fee payments only. Grant checks are payable to the writer and sent to the sponsor, which is responsible for delivering them to the author. We do not fund administrative costs, publicity, transportation, or other expenses related to producing events.
http://www.pw.org/content/funding_readingsworkshops

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Sustainable Arts Foundation
Our program focuses on awards to individual artists and writers with families. Specifically, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18. We welcome applicants from anywhere, but will give some preference to residents of the San Francisco Bay area. Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award: $6,000. There will be multiple winners for each award. Additionally, we will be awarding a number of smaller $1,000 Promise Awards to those applicants whose work may not qualify for the main awards, but nonetheless demonstrates both skill and potential. The foundation offers awards in two major categories: visual arts and writing. We encourage writers working in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to apply.
Deadline September 1, 2012.
http://www.sustainableartsfoundation.org/apply

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newARTS Wiscounsin
newARTS can act as a fiscal receiver for Brown County-based arts initiatives. Most independent artists and small or new arts organizations lack the important 501(c)(3) tax status that makes public grants and private donations legal and desirable. newARTS welcomes applications from either short-term but impactful projects as well as new initiatives seeking their own non-profit status, as a way to support the creation of new projects, until there are financial and structural plans in place for the initiatives to sustain their own non-profit status.
http://www.newartscouncil.org/FiscalReceivership.html

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National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships
Through Literature Fellowships to published creative writers and translators of exceptional talent in the areas of prose and poetry, the Arts Endowment advances its goal of encouraging and supporting artistic creativity and preserving our diverse cultural heritage. Creative Writing Fellowships enable recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. Grants are for $25,000. Deadline in March. The last awards were for poetry. The next will be for prose (fiction or creative nonfiction). Translation Projects enable recipients to translate work from other languages into English. Grants are for $12,500 or $25,000, depending upon the artistic excellence and merit of the project. Deadline is January.
http://arts.endow.gov/grants/apply/Lit.html

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Writers Conferences in Spring / Summer 2012

 

Conferences are always a good place to meet Literary Agents in a casual atmosphaere. Polish your query letter and your “elevator” pitch, wear your sundays best, get a new haircut – in one word, make a good impression : )
Attending literary agents at these conferences – learn about them in advance and what their preferences are:

Northern Colorado Writers Conference, March 30-31, Fort Collins, CO
Attending agents: Adriana Dominguez (Full Circle Literary); Kate Schafer Testerman (kt literary); and Elizabeth Evans (Jean V. Naggar Literary).

Reno Writers Conference at TMCC, April 14, Reno, NV
Attending agents: Andrea Brown (Andrea Brown Literary); April Eberhardt (Eberhardt Literary); and Elizabeth Kracht (Kimberly Cameron & Associates).

Las Vegas Writers Conference, April 19-21, Las Vegas, NV
Attending agents: Rita Rosenkranz (Rita Rosenkranz Literary); Lauren Ruth (BookEnds); Jeff Kleinman (Folio Literary); Malaga Baldi (Balaga Agency); and likely more.

Spring Fling Writers Conference, April 27-28, Hoffman Estates (near Chicago), IL
Attending Agents: Ginger Clark (Curtis Brown); Cori Deyoe (3 Seas Literary); Scott Eagan (Greyhaus Literary); Sara Megibow (Nelson Literary); Paige Wheeler (Folio Literary); and more.

NETWO Conference, (Northeast Texas Writers), April 27-28
Attending agents: Mary Sue Seymour (Seymour Agency); and Weronika Janczuk (Lynn Franklin Associates).

Oklahoma Writers Federation Conference, May 3-5, Oklahoma City, OK
Attending agents: Meredith Barnes (Lowenstein Associates); Terry Burns (Hartline Literary); Stephen Fraser (Jennifer DeChiara Literary); Louise Fury (L. Perkins Associates); Emmanuelle Morgen (Stonesong); and Jessica Sinsheimer (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary).

DFW Writers Conference, May 19-20, Dallas, TX
Attending agents: Elizabeth Evans (Jean V. Naggar Literary); Eddie Schneider (JABberwocky Literary); Sara Crowe (Harvey Klinger, Inc.); Paul Levine (Paul S. Levine Literary); Lucienne Diver (Knight Agency); Sarah Lapolla (Curtis Brown); Sally Harding (Cooke Agency); Meredith Barnes (Lowenstein Associates); Laurie McLean (Larsen Pomada Literary); and many more.

Clarksville Writers Conference, June 7-8, Clarksville, TN
Attending agents: Debbie Carter (Muse Literary Management); and at least one more agent to be named.

Books-in-Progress Conference, June 8-9, Lexington, KY (Carnegie Literacy Center)
Attending agents: Sorche Fairbank (Fairbank Literary); and one more, to be named.

Crested Butte Writers Conference, June 22-24, Crested Butte, CO
Attending agents: Mary Kole (Andrea Brown Literary); Hannah Bowman (Liza Dawson Associates); Ken Sherman (Ken Sherman Associates); and one more agent to be named.

Jackson Hole Writers Conference, June 28-30, Jackson Hole, WY
Attending agents: Lisa Bankoff (ICM); Katharine Sands (Sarah Jane Freymann Literary); and Alex Glass (Trident Media).

Midwest Writers Workshop, July 26-28, Muncie, IN
Attending agents: Kathleen Ortiz (Nancy Coffey Literary); Brooks Sherman (FinePrint Literary); J.L. Stermer (NS Bienstock); and Sarah LaPolla (Curtis Brown).

Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, July 26-28, Fort Bragg, CA.
Attending agents: Laurie McLean (Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents); and Gordon Warnock (Andrea Hurst Literary Management).

from http://www.writersdigest.com

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A Must-Have For Every Writer

 


Among other reasons, you work so hard on your manuscript to eventually get published and paid for your writing.  “2012 Writers Market” can help you find success: Over 9,000 listings for book publishers, literary agents, magazines, online publications, contests, conferences and more!

What would you like to accomplish?
Find an agent for your fiction book, sell non-fiction articles to magazines or a film script to production companies, publish or make some money on the side?

In this annual “bible for writers” you will find places to sell your writing, whether you’ve got a book, manuscript, or an article idea. Make some money on the side and know how much to charge for these gigs with their popular pay rate chart. It includes topics from tackling content factories to negotiating contracts and from managing time and organization to make the most of the money writers earn. What it is not: a quality control of publishers. To be sure, go to “Writer Beware” or research for any complaints about certain publishers. Thank goodness they omitted some of the worst ones…

What’s more?

  • Manage your submissions with easy-to-use record keeping tools
  • Stay abreast of the latest publishing industry news
  • Gain advanced publishing and marketing knowledge from Q & A’s with publishing experts
  • Use information specific to your writing needs–whether you are interested in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s, script writing or agents.

What I like
Articles on freelancing, social media book marketing and the inclusion of some smaller, more genre specific markets. And a huge section of contests, grants and awards are a huge treasure trove for me. This book is a fantastic resource for every freelance writer, not matter what level. Whether you have never written anything and don’t know where to begin or if you are an experienced writer looking to sell a manuscript, you will find it here. And the valuable article “6 Ways to Protect Your Writing”. Then there are useful legal explanations, copyright and publishing contract tips.

However, nobody is perfect!  What I miss is a category index. If an author is looking for a publisher that accepts science fiction submissions she or he has literally to go through every publisher to find the handful they need. The text is sometimes hard to read due to the grey (instead of black) font. And then there are typos or grammar errors – dear editor!

How much is the “2012 Writer Market”?
Recently, I wrote an article about price comparison – and sure enough, there was a huge difference! (more than 100%) in e-book prices when I typed the title in at Luzme.com:

Google              $9.12      February 20

Amazon            $9.12      February 20

Sony                $11.99     February 20

Apple                $14.99    February 20

Kobo                 $18.59    February 20

B&N                  $19.49    February  18

The soft-cover version with over 1,000 pages is $18.25 at Amazon – one of the few books I prefer to have in paper instead of digital.
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$45,000 Stipend from Starr Center Fellowship Programs

For History buffs among writers: The Starr Center’s unique location makes it an ideal place to study and write about the American past.

Chestertown, Md., a beautiful colonial town in the Chesapeake tidewater region, provides a quiet oasis for thinking and writing.  In the Starr Center’s offices in the waterfront Custom House (c. 1746) and in the newly renovated Patrick Henry Fellows’ Residence (c. 1735), one is surrounded with the atmosphere of nearly three centuries of history.

Through its fellowship programs, the Starr Center supports innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the American past – especially by fostering the art of written history.

Visiting fellows find a place where they can retreat from daily responsibilities and focus on their writing projects – but also one where they are stimulated by interactions with students, faculty, and distinguished visitors. Location Charlestown, MD.

The Center’s Patrick Henry Visiting Fellowship supports outstanding writing on American history and culture by both scholars and nonacademic authors; it offers a $45,000 stipend for the academic year, plus living arrangements and other benefits.
Deadline for the 2012-13 Fellowship is February 15, 2012.

The Hodson Trust-John Carter Brown Fellowship is open to applicants from a wide range of disciplines who are pursuing projects on the literature, history, culture, or art of the Americas before 1830. The award supports two months of research and two months of writing. The stipend is $5,000 per month for a total of $20,000, plus housing and university privileges.
The deadline for the 2012-13 Fellowship is March 15, 2012.

The Center also offers other short- and longer-term fellowships in Chestertown, as well as special student research fellowships for Washington College undergraduates.

http://starrcenter.washcoll.edu/fellows/index.php

 

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Grants in Literature

 

Creative Capital is the only national grantmaking and artist service organization for individual artists with an open application process. Our selection process includes three steps: inquiry, application and panel review.

CREATIVE CAPITAL OPENING UP TO APPLICATIONS

On February 1, 2012, Creative Capital will begin accepting online Letters of Inquiry for grants in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts.

To be eligible to apply, an artist must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident,
  • at least 25 years old,
  • a working artist with at least five
  • years of professional experience, and
  • not a full-time student.

Selected grantees receive up to $50,000 in direct support and a suite of services valued at more than $40,000. The Inquiry Form will be open until March 1, 2012.
http://creative-capital.org/apply

 
 

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