The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund assists, in times of emergency, those whose main professional pursuit is writing. Please review the eligibility criteria before applying. 

We encourage applicants to be specific and thorough in presenting their case for support so that a proper evaluation of the application can be made. Be assured that all information will be kept strictly confidential.

The PEN America Writers’ Emergency Fund Committee will review all complete applications. Applicants will receive a response within 10 days. Please note that not all applications will be supported, and the Committee’s decision is final. 

PEN America is coordinating this crisis response with other organizations administering emergency resources for the literary community. We particularly encourage dramatists and musical theater writers to reach out to the Dramatists Guild Foundation, which has more grant funding available for those working in that field.

Questions may be addressed to the writersfund@pen.org.  

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