Applications for the Amazon Literary Partnership are open through April 14, 2023.

From the time we opened our virtual doors, Amazon has helped writers tell their stories and find readers. Since 2009, Amazon Literary Partnership has provided more than $15 million in grant funding with the aim of empowering writers, helping them create, publish, learn, teach, experiment, and thrive.

Amazon Literary Partnership seeks to fund organizations working to champion diverse, marginalized, and underrepresented authors and storytellers. From New Orleans to Houston, Minneapolis to Salt Lake City, our previous grant recipients represent both local and national institutions of all sizes and include nonprofit writing centers, residencies, fellowships, after-school classes, literary magazines, national organizations supporting storytelling and free speech, and internationally acclaimed publishers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Learn about our 2022 grant recipients.

This year, we are excited to again work with the Academy of American Poets for our Poetry Fund, which will administer 10-15 grants. The Academy of American Poets is the nation’s largest membership-based nonprofit organization advocating for American poets and poetry, with a mission to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. The Academy will convene a panel, to include Celeste Guzmán Mendoza, Aileen Cassinetto, and M. Bartley Seigel, to review the 2023 grant applications.

We will also again be working with Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) for our Literary Magazine Fund. The aim of CLMP is to ensure a diverse and vibrant literary landscape by increasing the organizational capacity of small literary publishers, advocating on their behalf, and working to bring multiple literary stakeholder communities together. Like the Poetry Fund, the Literary Magazine Fund will administer 10-15 grants in 2023, selected by a panel convened by CLMP, including Hasanthika Sirisena, Claire Stanford, and Ruben Quesada.

We are honored to support the literary community and look forward to providing grant funding in 2023.

Frequently asked questions
  • What is the Amazon Literary Partnership?
    The Amazon Literary Partnership is committed to uplifting and amplifying the voices of overlooked writers by supporting the literary community through grants to writing programs, and nonprofit literary organizations and groups whose mission is to champion writers and diversity in storytelling.
  • What does the Amazon Literary Partnership do?
    Since 2009, the Amazon Literary Partnership has assisted thousands of writers by providing $15 million in grants to more than 150 organizations, including the National Book Foundation, Cave Canem, Girls Write Now, Hurston Wright Foundation, PEN America, Poets & Writers, National Novel Writing Month, Words Without Borders, and more. We support literary centers, writing workshops and residencies, fellowships, literary magazines, independent publishers, poetry and translation programs. Writers supported by these organizations have become bestselling authors and literary award winners.

    Grants are given to innovative groups whose core mission is to support diverse, underserved, and marginalized writers, develop emerging writers and/or build the careers of working writers to connect them with readers. We help writers across all genres and formats, fiction and nonfiction, including poetry and translation.
  • How do grants work, how can I apply?
    Amazon Literary Partnership provides grants to nonprofit literary organizations on an annual basis. Applications for 2023 grants, including the Poetry Fund and Literary Magazine Fund, are being accepted now through April 14, 2023. Grant recipients will be announced in June 2023. Due to the volume of requests, we are unable to respond personally to each inquiry, nor can we provide guidance on applications. Apply here for an Amazon Literary Partnership grant.

    Learn more about the application process for UK-based organizations.
  • Who is eligible?
    To be eligible, the applicant must be nonprofit organization registered in the United States. The applicant organization’s primary purpose must be to develop emerging writers, support diversity, celebrate storytelling, and help authors advance their careers. To be considered for the funding, applicants should be structurally and financially sound; display energy, passion, and reach; have an online presence and an enthusiastic membership or readership. We rarely support school-affiliated programs (K-12, MFAs).
  • What is the submission period?
    March 3-April 14, 2023.

    Submit an application for the Amazon Literary partnership grant now through April 14, 2023.