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PEN American Center’s database, Grants and Awards Available to American Writers, can be found on its website and is available through a subscription. The Foundation Center offers an online directory of grants. Also, your state or local arts council provides grants for writers.

  • LauraCWC says...


    At CWC we have over 100 writers involved in two projects that have already begun. Our objective is to produce a full length collaborative fiction novel in 8 months. 

    All writers are allotted chapters to work on, each chapter has 3 writers, and the best fit is chosen. That a 1 in 3 chance of becoming part of a published novel. It's very exciting indeed, and it's lots of fun! Our first collaboration; The Concierge has now been published and is getting great reviews!

    We have just announced the start date of project 4, which will be in the Fantasy Genre. It is totally free to participate, and CWC promote and encourage all our writers through online bio's, author spotlight, and our soon to be added page: books by CWC authors. 

    Check out our website and what we are all about! (We're also running a Kickstarter campaign, details are on the website - any help with this would be incredible!)


  • Stephanie Bryant Anderson says...

    Red Paint Hill Publishing
    2015 Bryant-Lisembee Book Prize

    Winner receives

    2016 print publication
    20 author copies

    Opens July 1, 2015
    Closes July 31, 2015

    Winner will be announced: October 2015
    Judge: Jennifer Givhan


    You must identify as female. #readwomen

    Your name should not appear anywhere in or on your manuscript. Please send your bio and contact info in the body of your email.

    Full length manuscripts (50+ pages) should be sent as a PDF to submissions@redpainthill.com, please include CONTEST in the subject line.

    We will only accept electronic submissions.

    Poems may be previously published.

    Simultaneous submissions are OK.

    Red Paint Hill Bryant-Lisembee Book Prize $20 Reading Fee


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