Founded in 1922, PEN America champions the freedom to write, recognizes the power of the word to transform the world, and works to unite writers and their allies in celebrating creative expression and defending the liberties that make it possible.
To help advance this mission, the organization is inviting applications for the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Grant for Children’s and Young Adult Novelists. A single grant of $5,000 will be awarded to an author of children’s or young adult fiction for a novel-in-progress. Previously called the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, the award was developed to help writers whose work is of high literary caliber and assist them at a crucial moment in their career.
To be eligible, applicants must have published one or more novels for children or young adults that have been warmly received by literary critics but have not generated significant sales; in addition, the writer’s previously published book(s) must have been published by a U.S. trade publisher. Self-published works are ineligible. Self-nominations are allowed.
See the PEN America website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.