Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Gift of Freedom: $50,000 grant

A Room of Her Own Foundation wants to give a writer a $50,000 grant:

Since its beginning A Room Of Her Own Foundation (AROHO) has given almost $500,000 to creative women through our $50,000 Gift of Freedom awards, scholarships, retreats, public readings, the AROHO Book Club, and our customized web-based resource center.

AROHO has hosted over 200 women writers at our unique retreats that feature a world-class faculty, and we have sponsored approximately $50,000 in scholarships for women writers to attend our retreats as well as other intensive writing programs.

AROHO promotes the interests of our community of women writers by sponsoring and supporting national writing programs and journals, including the National Poetry Slam and the AWP National Conference, the American Academy of Poetry, Poets and Writers, and Creative Nonfiction.

Dedicated to furthering the vision of writer Virginia Woolf, AROHO continues to change the lives of creative women by rewarding and showcasing their important voices to our own community as well as the marketplace. AROHO is committed to bridging the often fatal gap between a woman’s economic reality and her artistic creation.

The only catch that I can see for this is that one has to be a US citizen. I'm not (sigh). Also, well, they want you to jump through a lot of hoops. There again, it's their money--and $50,000 is not an insignificant sum. So if you don't mind doing SAT-type essay questions, if you're a woman and a US citizen, and if you write poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction, or plays, get your application in by October 31st. And good luck. Download the application (.pdf format) here.

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