Since Day One, Amazon has helped writers tell their stories and find readers, and since 2009 the Amazon Literary Partnership has contributed to that mission by supporting more than 100 literary nonprofits, including Cave Canem, Poets & Writers, Girls Write Now, the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35, Words Without Borders, and the Asian American Writers Workshop.
These and other grant recipients -- writing centers, residencies, fellowships, literary magazines, small publishers, translation programs – all share our passion for empowering writers to hone their craft, helping them create, publish, learn, teach, experiment, and thrive.
I’m happy to announce that we’re now seeking requests from nonprofit literary organizations for grants that will be awarded in 2018. Applications are being accepted through December 31. To learn more, visit www.amazonliterarypartnership.com and to apply for a 2018 grant, visit apply.amazonliterarypartnership.com/submit.
As a journalist and author, I know first-hand how challenging it can be to sustain a career as a writer. That's why one of the most gratifying aspects of my job is hearing from our partners how our grants help them achieve their vision and goals. Amy Wheeler, executive director of Hedgebrook, a writing retreat for women on Whidbey Island here in Washington, told me, "Amazon’s support of arts organizations is so important. For us, this partnership is 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."
One of our partners is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which started as a monthlong initiative each November and has grown into a global, yearlong program involving a thousand volunteers in hundreds of communities. As NaNoWriMo executive director Grant Faulkner put it, "Many people suffer from an unfortunate affliction: they don’t believe that their stories are worth telling, or they don’t believe they can write them. At NaNoWriMo, we believe that everyone has a story to tell—and that everyone's story matters."
The support we've received from Amazon Literary Partnership has been crucial to us to make room for everyone to tell their story, to ignite people's creativity, and to empower them to develop a creative mindset on the page and beyond. Our stories connect us. Our stories shape our world. Amazon Literary Partnership's support has helped bring unspoken stories to life.
Amazon Literary Partnership strives to support groups that have a deep impact on authors' careers and on the literary landscape. Authors supported or published by our recipient organizations have been named winners or finalists for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and have been named MacArthur Fellows.
Tony Valenzuela, executive director of Lambda Literary, which hosts a retreat for emerging LGBTQ voices, shared the story of Nicole Dennis-Benn – both a Lambda Literary Fellow and a Hedgebrook Fellow – who won the Lambda Literary Award for her debut novel, Here Comes the Sun, which was also a New York Times Notable Book and an Amazon Best Book of the Month.
"Amazon Literary Partnership’s generous grants have made it possible for Lambda Literary to support our community’s most talented emerging writers," Venezuela said. "Amazon’s funding reflects its commitment to nurturing new LGBTQ voices whose work extends the fabric of our literature."
We look forward to reviewing next year's grant applications and to supporting another group of literary partners, whose work is so vital for writers and readers.