Amazon Literary Partnership

Helping writers tell their stories and find their readers.


With the goal of helping writers tell their stories and find their readers, the Amazon Literary Partnership supports nonprofit literary organizations that share our obsession with empowering writers to create, publish, learn, teach, experiment, and thrive. We provide grant funding to innovative groups that support a diversity of voices and strive for a lasting impact not only on writers' lives, but on the broader literary and publishing communities.

Since 2009, the Amazon Literary Partnership has supported scores of nonprofit literary organizations that have helped many thousands of writers across the United States. Grants have been awarded to PEN America, Lambda Literary, the National Book Foundation, Cave Canem, Poets & Writers, Girls Write Now, Words Without Borders, the Asian American Writers Workshop, Graywolf Press, and Hugo House, among many others. Recipients include writing centers, residencies, fellowships, after-school classes, small publishers, literary magazines, translation programs, and national organizations that champion storytelling and free speech. Writers who have been helped by ALP grantee organizations have gone on to become winners or finalists of the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and more.

“Amazon's support of arts organizations is so important, especially in these turbulent times,” said Amy Wheeler, Executive Director of Hedgebrook, a writing retreat for women. “For us, this partnership is meaningful not only because the funding puts wind in our sails - but because it's a big vote of confidence in Hedgebrook's global impact, and carries the message that raising women's voices is vital to the health and well-being of our community and the world.”

How to apply for a grant

Grant recipients are selected based on the mission and purpose of the organization. Grants are awarded on an annual basis. The 2018 application period is closed. Applications for 2019 grants will be accepted Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2018. Please revisit this page in October for a link.

Supported groups

Some of our grant recipients are highlighted below. We encourage you to support them as well.
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