How do I submit an application?

At this time, we ask that applications by submitted via our online form or by email. Do not submit your application by mail.

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 as soon as we receive your application. If you do not use or have access to email, please let us know. If you do not receive confirmation of receipt, contact the office.

Follow-up questions will be sent by email after receipt of the application form. The review process typically takes 10-14 days, including during the current crisis. Assistance can be sent by check, Zelle, or PayPal. (Check if your bank uses Zelle using this link.)

Your information will be kept secure and confidential.

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. Aid amounts are determined based on the applicant’s professional credentials, the severity of the emergency, and the Fund’s 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 earned income (unlike most professional writing grants). 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 that 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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