So, I don’t know about you, but writing isn’t exactly paying the bills around here. I make just about enough writing money to keep up on writing expenses, with a bit of extra pocket money to spend on art supplies. Not bad for now, but I certainly won’t be quitting the day jobs any time soon.
Most of the money I make at writing comes from one of three sources: freelancing, where I write custom work according to clients’ specifications; prizes from writing contests; and selling short stories. But a wee little bit of cash also comes in from the occasional grant.
As you know, I’ve been miserably awful about submissions for about the same amount of time it takes to make an entire human. But I’m hoping to get better this year! Standards have been lowered and commitments renewed. And combing through grants for a good fit may be a good place for me to start.
The Alaska Writers Guild put on a presentation about writing grants several months ago, and part of the presentation was a handy-dandy list of grants. Some are only for Alaskans, guild members, etc, but many of them are widely open for applications. With permission, I’m happy to share the list with you below. Hopefully you’ll be able to make good use of it. I know I hope to soon!
So ask me about submissions next time you see me on the internet. Watch me cringe and cower in shame because I haven’t done it yet, it’ll be fun! And until next week, happy writing!
AWG JULY 2019 PROGRAM
GRANTS FOR WRITERS
Individual and Project Grants ranging from $7500 – $40,000
Alaska Humanities Forum
Individual and Company Grants up to $2000 (monthly) and $10,000 (annually).
Alaska Writers Guild
Lin Halterman Grants, two annual grants of $500. Available to AWG Members only.
Alaska State Council on the Arts
CLOSED! If they reopen (fingers crossed), they offer quarterly grants for writers and artists up to $1000.
Chulitna Lodge, Lake Clark
Four ways to participate, from all expense paid to self-pay
Alderworks Alaska, Skagway
Full artist residency cabins
Residency fellowships for women writers only
Voices of the Wilderness
Hands-on residencies in various locations and parks around Alaska
$50,000 Grants (+$50,000 in professional development & mentorship) for artists
National Endowment for the Arts
$25,000 Grants in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry
Speculative Literature Foundation
Grants for authors of sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, and any genre that falls in the category of speculative fiction.
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Grants available to women writers with children
Funds your “crazy, brilliant idea,” which could come in the form of literature