Sherwood Anderson Foundation Awards $15,000 for Developing Writers

The Sherwood Anderson Foundation Grants are among the highest available for early-career professional fiction writers. They are available for authors with at least one but not more than two books of published fiction (non-self-published). In 2012 they awarded $15,000 to Katherine Min, also a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.

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Help for D.C. Writers from the Writer's Center

Washington, D.C. based Writer's Center has been in operation since 1976 with a goal of cultivating "the creation, publication, presentation, and dissemination of literary work" with the belief that "the craft of writing is open to people of all backgrounds and ages." They are an independent 501 (c) (3) nonprofit with global connections that offer an assortment of fellowships, scholarships, and prizes to writers living in the D.C. area and beyond.

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New York Foundation for the Arts Wants to Help NY Writers

The 94 fellowships that are given out each year to New York artists, writers, filmmakers, and others through the New York Foundation for the Arts' Artist Fellowship Program are only a fraction of the support the organization gives to New York-based creatives. In 2012, 18 of the $7,000 fellowships were granted to New York area writers alone. And what's great about these gifts is that they are given without restriction on what they're used for. But that's just a sample of what NYFA offers.

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On the Road with the Kerouac Project's Residency Program

Not many people are aware that famed author Jack Kerouac was living in a tiny cottage in Orlando, FL with his mother when On the Road was first published to worldwide acclaim. After an article appeared in the Orlando Sentinel in 1997 detailing this fact, a pair of local bookstore owners decided to purchase the house and start a nonprofit. Today the Kerouac Project offers four residencies and a small stipend each year in the house where Dharma Bums was also put to paper.

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Baton Rouge Area Foundation Creates Ernest J. Gaines Award to Celebrate African-American Writers

In 2007, with the help a few anonymous key donors, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation created the largest prize in the U.S. for African-American fiction writers. They christened it the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence to honor the influential novelist and short story writer. Each year the $10,000 award is given to an African-American author with an exceptional book of fiction published the previous year.

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American Academy of Arts and Letters Has an Awards List as Long as Your Arm

A quick perusal of the list of awards the American Academy of Arts and Letters bestows and one realizes they give recognition for more achievement than one may have realized. Currently they list 31 awards ranging from $5,000 to $75,000 with distinguished names like E.M. Forster, Thorton Wilder, and John Updike attached to each prize.

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The Elizabeth George Foundation Gives a Leg Up to Struggling Writers and Disadvantaged Youth

Everyone has to start somewhere. Award winning mystery writer and Northwest denizen Elizabeth George knows this, which is why she created the Elizabeth George Foundation to help unpublished and emerging fiction writers, poets, and playwrights and give them a leg up in the beginning stages of their careers. She also has a particular soft spot for organizations assisting disadvantaged youth in these areas, owing in part to her 13-year background in education.

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