Writers who are residents of Arizona, California, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have the opportunity this summer to apply for awards specific to the states they call home.
Deadlines for grants from five states arts councils are coming up, offering awards that range from one thousand dollars to ten thousand dollars. Some funds are for specific projects, but others are no-strings grants.
Here is a list of upcoming deadlines for grants sponsored by state arts organizations:
Maryland State Arts Council  (for fiction writers only)
Individual Artist Awards
Delaware Division of the Arts 
Individual Artist Fellowships
Illinois Arts Council (for fiction and creative nonfiction writers only)
Artist Fellowship Awards
Ohio Arts Council 
Individual Excellence Awards
Arizona Commission on the Arts 
Artist Project Grants
Also this summer, California poets and fiction writers are invited to apply to the Writers Exchange Contest  sponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc. The award is five hundred dollars and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with a wish list of writers, editors, and agents. The deadline is August 31.
Until September 1, women writers from Philadelphia can apply for the Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change Grants  of up to $2,500 to fund a project that melds art and social progress.
Stay tuned later this summer for deadlines in October and November for New York, South Carolina, and Wyoming writers.