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Writing Grants for Women

Updated April 17, 2017

Many writing grants for women are available. Non-profit and private foundations award women writers with grants to pursue their writing careers in several areas, including creative writing, poetry, journalism, screenwriting and playwriting. There are writing grants for minority women, lesbian women, older women and women who come from low-income families. Some grants are for published writers, and some grants are dedicated to new writers. There are also grants for women writers who can translate from one language to another. All writing grants begin with an application. Writing grants are generally available from £325 to £32,500. Grant writing is a time-consuming process; there are many books, classes and online resources that help women write grant proposals.

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Creative Writing Grants for Women

Poets & Writers Magazine lists state and national prizes of £650 or more (or £325 writing grants with no application fee). Grants are available to writers of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Creative writing fellowships are available from the National Endowment for the Arts and are available only to published creative writers. A Room of Her Own foundation awards £32,500 to successful female candidates with creative vision. Mira's List is also an excellent resource for women writers; this blog lists creative writing grants such as the Howard Foundations grants in poetry and creative writing; this grant awards £16,250 to individuals with at least one book in print. Poetry Magazine lists cash prizes that are available to poets who have been published in their journal (www.poetrymagazine.org). Wow! Women on Writing has a list of available grants for women writers, including mystery writers.

Journalism Grants for Women

Newswise provides a comprehensive list of grants, prizes, fellowships and scholarships available to journalists covering a wide variety of beats. The Society of Professional Journalists awards £195,000 annually to individuals and organisations in the news profession. The Pulitzer Center offers travel grants to journalists reporting on crisis situations (pulitzercenter.org). John S. Knight Fellowships allow journalists to study at Stanford for a year. The Hearst Foundation awards cash prizes yearly in the form of contests for journalists, photojournalists, and broadcast journalists (www.hearstfdn.org). The American Journalist Review has a list of awards, grants, fellowships and scholarships. Search the database at the International Women's Media Foundation for an up-to-date list of grants available to female journalists.

Screenwriting Grants for Women

The Fund for Women Artists provides a list of grants for female screenwriters. They include grants for documentary filmmakers, TV writers, feature film screenwriters and more. Women in Film & Video holds annual screenwriting contests for women.

Playwriting Grants for Women

The Fund for Women Artists maintains a list of available grants and prize money to women working in theatre. NYCPlaywrights.com also has a list of upcoming awards and contests for playwrights. Vist PlaywritingOpportunities.com and search available grants by deadline dates. AmericanMusicals.com has a list of grants available to musical writers. The League of Professional Theatre Women gives five annual awards to women in theatre.

Other Places to Look for Writing Grants for Women

Colleges and universities, literary journals, newspapers, magazines,TV stations and institutes offer information on local writing grants for women.

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About the Author

Eve Lopez has 10 years of editorial experience at a variety of companies, including Amazon.com, "The Seattle Times" and Business.com. She loves to travel and often writes about her travel experiences. Lopez earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from California State University and has been certified in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

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