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PEN America’s 2019 Grants and Fellowships

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Article by ERMurray © 3 April 2019.
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Note: these grants and fellowships are for U.S. residents only.

Writers and publishers are invited to submit to PEN America’s 2019 grants and fellowships.

Writing For Justice Fellowship

The Writing for Justice Fellowship commissions writers to create works of lasting merit on critical issues related to mass incarceration, and catalyze public debate. The Fellowship aims to harness the power of writers and writing in bearing witness to the societal consequences of mass incarceration by capturing and sharing the stories of incarcerated individuals, their families, communities, and the wider impact of the criminal justice system. Find out more and submit your application here »

Emerging Voices Fellowship

The Emerging Voices Fellowship provides new writers isolated from the literary establishment with the tools, skills, mentorships, and knowledge they need to launch a professional writing career. While we are excited to accept applications from writers nationwide, the Fellowship takes place in Los Angeles from January to July 2020. Find out more and submit your application here »

PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants

The Heim Translation Fund Grants promote the publication and reception of translated international literature in English. Grants of $2,000-$4,000 support translations of book-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama from any language into English. Over the 16 years of its existence, the Fund has given grants to a total of 180 translations from over 35 languages. Learn more and apply for a grant here »

PEN Grant for Italian Literature

The Grant for Italian Literature, operating within the PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants, supports the translation of narrative prose from Italian into English. The recipient will receive a grant of $5,000 to support the translation of a work-in-progress. Learn more and apply for a grant here »

PEN/Stein Grant for Literary Oral History

The Stein Grant recognizes a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement. The recipient will receive a grant of $10,000 to support a literary work-in-progress, and help maintain or complete his or her ongoing project. Learn more and apply for a grant here »

PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship

The Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship supports a writer of children’s or young adult fiction whose work is of high literary caliber, and is designed to assist a writer at a crucial moment in his or her career to complete a book-length work. The recipient will receive a grant of $5,000. Learn more and apply for a grant here »


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Elizabeth Rose Murray lives in West Cork where she writes, fishes, and grows her own vegetables. Her first book for young adults Caramel Hearts (Alma Books) was published June 2016. Her debut novel for children aged 10-12, The Book of Learning - Nine Lives Trilogy 1 (Mercier Press) was chosen as the 2016 Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Citywide Read for Children and the follow-up The Book of Shadows - Nine Lives Trilogy 2 was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. The final installment The Book of Revenge will be published in February 2018.

Elizabeth has poetry and short fiction published in journals across the UK and Ireland - including Ogham Stone, Southword, South Circular, Esc and 3am - and has been shortlisted in various competitions including TV3AM Short Story, Francis MacManus, and Aesthetica Creative Works. She has also performed in Ciudades Paralelas: Station - a live writing installation.

Hoping to encourage new writers, Elizabeth provides manuscript reports and online writing courses through Inkwell Writers and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She is a regular at literary festivals, and offers adult workshops on writing for children and young adults, as well as multiple events and workshops for children and teens.

You can connect with Elizabeth on Twitter @ERMurray, Facebook www.facebook.com/ERMurray.Author or her blog www.ermurray.com