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PEN America’s 2019 Grants and Fellowships

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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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