Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Emergency Financial Assistance for Writers

Writers often live an economically insecure life, without a financial security net in case of illness or accident.  There are a few organizations that offer help in cases that involve fairly long-term professionals who cannot work due to emergency circumstances.

The American Society of Journalists and Authors has a fund to help writers who, "because of advanced age, illness, disability, a natural disaster, or an extraordinary professional crisis are unable to work."  They don't have to be members of this organization, but they must offer proof of a sustained writing career.

The Carnegie Fund for Authors also offers help for writers who have sustained injury or disaster to themselves, a spouse, or a dependent child that has put them in severe economic distress.  The applicant must have written at least one book.  For more information contact them at 516 877 2141.

The Haven Foundation, founded by author Stephen King after his own serious accident several years ago, aids authors, those in the publishing industry as writers or readers and other artists (which is defined as people who have made at least 1/3 of their financial support over the last three years) who are grappling with the financial fallout of injury or illness. 

The Pen American Center also provides emergency financial aid for long-term professional writers.  Contact Linda Morgan or Megan Kyle-Miller at 212-334-1660.  They have also set up a special fund for writers dealing with Hurricane Sandy.  They also list a roundup of emergency help for writers.

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