ART WORKS Guidelines: Literature

The National Endowment for the Arts seeks to sustain and nurture a multiplicity of American literary traditions, including, but not limited to:

  • Ensuring that literary presses and magazines, community-based centers, and national literary organizations complement the trade publishing sector in the shaping of contemporary American letters.
  • Supporting organizations that nurture emerging and mid-career writers.
  • Supporting endeavors to provide America's readers with direct access to contemporary writers.
  • Supporting the use of new technology and innovative projects.

In addition to offering Art Works grant opportunities for organizations, the National Endowment for the Arts offers fellowships to published creative writers and translators in the areas of prose and poetry.

Deadlines

The National Endowment for the Arts supports two general project types under Art Works Literature:

  • Literary publishing projects (February Art Works Deadline)
  • Audience and professional development projects (July Art Works Deadline)

Apply under the project type and associated deadline that most closely corresponds to the primary focus of your proposed project. Generally, an organization is limited to one application per year under the Art Works category.

Literary Publishing Projects

Deadlines:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov February 18, 2016
Step 2 - Submit Materials to NEA-GO February 25, 2016 to March 3, 2016
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection November 2016
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance January 1, 2017

Literary publishing projects are those that support print and/or digital literary magazines and independent and university presses that primarily publish poetry, fiction, drama, and/or creative nonfiction by contemporary writers and translators.

Projects may include but are not limited to:

  • Publication and distribution of books and magazine issues.
  • Payments to writers (e.g., royalties, honoraria).
  • Marketing and promotion efforts to increase book sales or magazine circulation and expand readership.
  • Digitization of publishers' backlists and other endeavors to make work available in new and emerging markets.
  • Innovative experiments or technologies that deepen audiences' engagement with literature and/or provide writers with new platforms and tools to create work.
  • Collaboration within and/or across fields to advance literary publishing in the digital age and reach new audiences for literature.

NOTE: Literary publishing projects must focus primarily on contemporary literature and/or writers.

Audience and Professional Development Projects

Deadlines:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov July 14, 2016
Step 2 - Submit Materials to NEA-GO July 21, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection April 2017
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance June 1, 2017

Audience and professional development projects are those that support national and local activities designed to promote and develop audiences for literature. (Projects that are primarily focused on publishing and/or distributing books or journals should be submitted under the other Art Works deadline.)

Projects may include but are not limited to:

  • Residencies, readings, author tours, writing workshops, conferences, and literary festivals.
  • Podcasts, radio, video, and/or media endeavors that promote literature.
  • Innovative uses of technology, media, or new models to provide readers with access to writers and literature.
  • Efforts to maintain or augment America's literary infrastructure and provide services, advice, and technical support to writers, translators, and literary organizations.
  • Collaboration within and/or across fields to reach new audiences for literature.