How do I submit an application?

Download the application form here or contact the office to request a copy by mail.

Applications may be submitted by email, fax, or mail. Email is strongly preferred.

The Authors League Fund
155 Water Street, #206
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(212) 268-1208 (voicemail only); Fax: (212) 564-5363
[email protected] (strongly preferred)

Should I send anything else with my application form?

Initially, all that we require is the two-page application form. Feel free to use additional pages to list your published work and explain your emergency. A CV or resume is always helpful.

After beginning our review, we typically send an email with a list of follow-up questions. We may request copies of tax forms, overdue bills, eviction notices, documentation of medical emergencies, or other items that can help explain your emergency.

Please do not send writing samples or books.

What happens after I submit my application?

We will confirm receipt by email. (If you do not use or have access to email, please let us know.) Follow-up questions will be sent by email shortly after receipt of the application form.

The review process typically takes 10-14 days. Assistance is sent by check or bank wire.

Your information will be kept secure and confidential. We do not share application materials with anyone outside of the organization.

When should I submit my application? Are there any deadlines?

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, as they come in.

Can my request be expedited?

Unfortunately, we cannot expedite requests, as all applicants are facing urgent crises. In most cases, however, the review process is completed in less than two weeks.

How much money should I request?

Let us know the extent of your need so that we have a full understanding of your situation. Loan amounts are determined based on the applicant’s professional credentials, the severity of his or her emergency, and the Fund’s distribution budget.

Why is your assistance called a loan? Do I have to pay it back? Is it taxable income?

The term “loan” emphasizes the Fund’s mission dating to its incorporation in 1917: Writers Helping Writers.

Our loans are no-strings-attached, interest-free, and are not considered earned income (unlike most professional writing grants). As a result, they are not taxable, do not have to be reported to the IRS, and will not affect your ability to receive assistance from local or federal programs, including Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid.

Repayment can be made when and as one is able. We gratefully accept partial repayment, installments, or donations of any amount from recipients. Your support will go directly to helping other writers in times of need. Please also encourage your friends and colleagues to donate.

I’ve already received a loan from the Authors League Fund. Can I apply again?

Recipients must wait at least 12 months before applying again. Additional support is not guaranteed and the Fund is not in position to provide long-term support.

I would like some time to focus on my writing. Can I apply to the Fund for assistance paying my regular expenses while I write?

We cannot provide “time to write” and our support cannot be used for professional expenses, e.g., a new computer, book publicity, hiring an editor, airline tickets to a residency, book tour transportation, starting a business or non-profit, theater production costs.

For this type of assistance, we recommend reaching out to any number of professional grant organizations. A good place to start is the Awards & Grants section of the Poets & Writers website.

Note: If you are under contract to complete a book for which you received an advance and are struggling to meet your deadline because of a medical crisis or other unforeseen financial emergency, please apply.

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