Since 1917, the Authors League Fund has helped professional authors, journalists, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.

Most of those we help suffer severe health problems but have inadequate insurance; some face eviction; many are older writers whose income has ceased through no fault of their own.

The Fund exists to help professional writers continue their careers with dignity by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses. Repayment of this emergency support is not required.

The Authors League Fund helps authors, dramatists, journalists, and poets. Recipients must be career writers with a substantial body of work in one of more of the following categories:

  • Book authors with at least one title published by an established traditional publisher. Authors with multiple titles are given priority.
  • Dramatists whose full-length plays have been produced in mid-size or large theaters and/or published by established dramatic presses.
  • Journalists, critics, essayists, short story writers, and poets with a substantial body of work in periodicals with a national or broad circulation. Whether print or online, these periodicals must have strong editorial oversight and a sizable readership. This category does not include copywriting, blogging, public relations, and writing for non-periodical websites and corporate clients.

The Fund does not typically assist self-published writers unless they have a record of critical and financial success with their publications.

While it is not necessary that the applicant subsists solely on his or her income from writing, or have published in recent years, the applicant’s status as a professional writer is vital. Please list awards, fellowships, and other forms of recognition in your application.

The Authors League Fund helps writers living in the United States, regardless of citizenship, and American writers living abroad.

Please review our FAQ page before applying.

At this time, we ask that applications be sent via the online form, email, or fax. Do not submit your application by mail.


Organization/Company: The Authors League Fund
Location: National
Deadline: Ongoing
How to Apply: At this time, we ask that applications be sent via the online form, email, or fax. Do not submit your application by mail.