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Give money directly to writers through PEN America’s emergency fund.

Corinne Segal

April 1, 2020, 11:13am

With unemployment skyrocketing in recent days due to the coronavirus pandemic, and writers particularly vulnerable to financial loss, PEN America has re-launched the Writers’ Emergency Fund, a way to give money directly to those affected.

PEN announced this week that it will distribute grants of $500 to $1,000 to writers in acute financial crisis. Applicants do not need to be members, but they “must be based in the United States, be a professional writer, and be able to demonstrate that a small, one-time grant will be meaningful in helping them to address an emergency situation.” Applicants should hear back within 10 days on whether they will receive a grant.

Here’s where to apply and how to donate.

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