Open Door Career Advancement Grants for BIPOC Women Writers

Poets & Writers is pleased to offer Open Door Career Advancement Grants for BIPOC women writers, made possible by Reese’s Book Club’s The Readership.

A limited number of grants of $500 or $1,000 will be awarded to BIPOC women writers. Grantees may use funds to cover application fees for MFA programs, writing contests, conferences, workshops, and residencies. Related expenses, such as travel and childcare, will also be eligible.


To be eligible, writers must identify both as a woman and as Black, Indigenous, or a person of color (BIPOC); further, applicants must be unagented and not yet have published a book.


Application Deadline: September 30, 2021
Award Notification: November 1, 2021 

If you have questions about this opportunity, please contact

We're sorry, the deadline to apply for this opportunity has passed. Award notifications will be issued around November 1. 

This opportunity has been developed by Poets & Writers in partnership with Reese’s Book Club’s The Readership to help provide equitable access to career advancement opportunities within the writing community.