Oregon’s Emergency Fund for Writers

Literary Arts announced this week that it has created the Booth Emergency Fund for Writers. This emergency fund is meant to provide meaningful financial relief to Oregon’s writers, including cartoonists, spoken word poets, and playwrights.

Applicants can use the fund to:

  • Recoup financial losses due to cancelled events. This includes but is not limited to readings, panels, residencies and other writing-related opportunities.
  • Offset loss of teaching income because of cancelled classes and/or school closures

These awards can be used to reduce other financial losses including support for artists working full or part-time in the service industry or other professions who have lost income.

Awards of $1,000 each will be issued to 100 eligible writers after the first application period closes. Depending on funding, Literary Arts may open up a second round of applications later in June.

Since COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting communities of color, Literary Arts is prioritizing funding for writers identifying as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who meet the eligibility criteria.

More information and criteria for applications can be found at the literary-arts.org.

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