Initially, all that we require is the two-page application form. Feel free to include additional pages listing your published work or explaining your emergency if you need more space. A CV or resume is always helpful.
After beginning our review, we may request copies of tax forms, overdue bills, eviction notices, documentation of medical emergencies, or other documents that might help illustrate your emergency.
Please do not send writing samples or books.
We will confirm receipt by email. (If you do not use or currently 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 takes 2-3 weeks and responses are sent by mail. Approved loans are sent by check.
Your information will be kept secure and confidential. We do not share application materials with anyone outside of the organization.
No. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, as they come in.
Unfortunately, we cannot expedite requests, as all of the applications we receive are from writers facing urgent crises. In many instances, however, the review process is completed in fewer than 2-3 weeks.
Please 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 annual budget.
We use the term “loan” to emphasize the mission of the Fund, which dates to its incorporation in 1917: writers helping writers. Our loans are no-strings-attached, interest-free, and should not be considered earned income (unlike many professional writing grants). As a result, they will not affect your ability to receive assistance from local or federal programs. We ask that repayment be made when and as one is able. We gratefully accept partial repayment, installments, or donations of any amount from past recipients.
Please wait at least 12 months before applying again.
The Fund cannot provide grants or scholarships to subsidize writing projects. 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.