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Amazon Literary Partnership awards to grant $1m funding to 66 literary organisations

By Sasha Fedorenko May 20, 2019 - 5:29 pm

Amazon Literary Partnership awards are set to grant $1m in funding to 66 nonprofit literary organisations in Amazon’s ongoing aim to support diverse authors globally.

For a decade, the Amazon Literary Partnership has provided hundreds of grants to more than 150 such organisations. Over the years, Amazon have committed more than $12 million with the aim of empowering writers, helping them create, publish, learn, teach, experiment, and thrive.

The 2019 Amazon Literary Partnership grant recipients

  1. 826 Valencia (CA)
  2. 826 NYC (NY)
  3. Archipelago Books (NY)
  4. Artist Trust (WA)
  5. Asian American Writers Workshop (NY)
  6. Aspen Words (CO)
  7. AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) (MD)
  8. Black Mountain Institute (NV)
  9. Brooklyn Book Festival (NY)
  10. Center for Black Literature (NY)
  11. Chicago Humanities Festival (IL)
  12. Clarion West (WA)
  13. Coffee House Press (MN)
  14. Community Word Project (NY)
  15. Girls Write Now (NY)
  16. Graywolf Press (MN)
  17. GrubStreet (MA)
  18. Hedgebrook (WA)
  19. House of SpeakEasy Foundation (NY)
  20. Hub City Writers Project (SC)
  21. Hugo House (WA)
  22. Humanities Washington (WA)
  23. Indiana Writers Center (IN)
  24. Inprint (TX)
  25. Jack Jones Literary Arts (CA)
  26. KCRW Foundation (CA)
  27. Kenyon Review (OH)
  28. Kundiman (NY)
  29. Lambda Literary Foundation (CA)
  30. Lighthouse Writers Workshop (CO)
  31. Loft Literary Center (MN)
  32. Log Cabin Literary Center (ID)
  33. Milkweed Editions (MN)
  34. Narrative 4 (NY)
  35. National Book Foundation (NY)
  36. National Novel Writing Month (CA)
  37. Open Letter Books (Best Translated Book Award) (NY)
  38. Path with Art (WA)
  39. Poets & Writers (NY)
  40. Port Townsend Writers Conference (Centrum) (WA)
  41. Red Hen Press (CA)
  42. Restless Books (NY)
  43. Seattle Arts & Lectures (WA)
  44. Seattle City of Literature (WA)
  45. Slice Literary Writers Conference (NY)
  46. Small Press Distribution (CA)
  47. The Center for Fiction (NY)
  48. The Feminist Press (NY)
  49. The Inner Loop (DC)
  50. The MacDowell Colony (NY)
  51. The Moth (NY)
  52. The Seattle Public Library Foundation (WA)
  53. The Telling Room (ME)
  54. The Writer’s Block (NV)
  55. Town Hall Seattle (WA)
  56. Transit Books (CA)
  57. Ucross Foundation (WY)
  58. University of Washington Creative Writing Program (WA)
  59. Washington Center for the Book (WA)
  60. Washington State Historical Society (WA)
  61. Words Without Borders (NY)
  62. WriteGirl (CA)
  63. Writers in the Schools (TX)
  64. Yaddo (NY)
  65. Young Writers Project (VT)
  66. Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation (DC)

Amazon have already awarded two $120,000 grants to the Academy of American Poets and the Community of Literary Presses and Magazines (CLMP) – both former Amazon Literary Partnership grant recipients—to create a new Poetry Fund and Literary Magazine Fund for poetry organizations and literary magazines. These two new funds will provide support to more than two dozen nonprofits and will be announced later this week.

Facts about current and prior Amazon Literary Partnership grant recipients

  1. 2019’s grant recipients are based in 24 states and Washington DC
  2. Of this year’s 66 grant recipients, 15 are receiving a grant for the first time.
  3. Many of this year’s recipients work on behalf of overlooked or marginalized writers, such as the Center for Black Literature, the Asian American Writers Workshop, the Feminist Press, and Black
  4. Mountain Institute’s City of Asylum fellowship program, which hosts writers who have fled oppressive regimes around the world.
  5. Over the past five years, organisations supported by the Amazon Literary Partnership have assisted more than 100,000 writers per year, publishing 3,200 stories and more than 500 books, reaching more than 5 million readers, according to a survey of last year’s grant recipients.
  6. Writers, publishers, and magazines supported by Amazon Literary Partnership grants have been recognized (as winners or finalists) by the National Book Awards, National Book Critics Circle Awards, National Magazine Awards, MacArthur “Genius” Grants, and other honours.
  7. Amazon Literary Partnership’s support for the Academy of American Poets’ ‘Poem A Day’ series led to the publication of poems by more than 300 poets from diverse backgrounds last year, reaching half a million readers a day via email and online at Poets.org.
  8. Support for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in 2018 helped bring in-school and after-school writing classes to 10,000 schools, reaching 100,000 kids across the US.

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