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Creative Nonfiction Grant

Creative Nonfiction Grant
Nonfiction books under contract with a US publisher are eligible.

Intensely researched nonfiction books, written with an artful sensitivity to complexity and nuance, have always been important in shaping the way we understand the world; today they are essential.
In recent years many extraordinary writers have contributed crucial works extending the form: Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Gene, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams, Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: A Lyric, and Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers, to name just a few examples.

Such projects require a wealth of time and resources. The path to a groundbreaking book is long and intensive, and the research process is unpredictable – even a generous advance from a supportive publisher may run out just as a writer unearths an essential piece of the story she’s trying to tell, something transformative that leads to new questions.

Recognizing this challenge to the creation of such exemplary works of literature, the Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant’s chief objective is to foster original, ambitious projects that bring writing to the highest possible standard. Knowing that writers of color often face additional structural hurdles to securing institutional resources to support such projects, we particularly encourage applications from these writers.

Nonfiction books under contract with a US publisher are eligible.

deadline: April 22nd.
more info: https://www.whiting.org/writers/creative-nonfiction-grant/about