PEN American Center works to advance literature, to defend free expression, and to foster international literary fellowship. Subscription to their Grants & Awards Available to American Writers is available for $12/year. It also offers the PEN Writers Fund, an emergency fund for professional published or produced writers with serious financial difficulties. Depending on the situation, the fund gives grants or loans of up to $2K. The maximum amount is given only under dire circumstances and when monies are available. Application forms are available on the PEN website. It also offers the PEN Fund for Writers and Editors with HIV/AIDS, administered under the PEN Writers Fund, which gives grants of up to $1,000 to professional writers and editors who face serious financial difficulties because of HIV or AIDS-related illness.
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