The Granum Foundation calls on writers and translators based in the US.
The Granum Foundation’s goal is to support individuals on the cusp of finishing a major literary project, investing in writers who might never reach their potential without a little help. They know brilliant writers who needed an opportunity like this to reach their full potential. Over the years, too many of these people had to choose between survival and art. The Granum Foundation strives to fill the gap so that such a decision doesn’t have to be made.
They are placing bets on undiscovered writers from all walks of life who might never get the chance to complete their first works, or who change careers later in life to chase literary dreams, or who feel they have been excluded from traditional avenues of support.
The Granum Foundation Prizes
There are two prizes awarded by the Granum Foundation.
- The Granum Foundation Prize: This will be awarded annually to help U.S.-based writers complete substantive literary works—such as poetry books, essay or short story collections, novels, and memoirs—or to help launch these works.
- The Granum Foundation Translation Prize: This will be awarded to support the completion of a work translated into English by a U.S.-based writer.
Guidelines for the Granum Foundation Prizes
Winners and finalists who received cash prizes from the 2021 or 2022 Granum competitions are not eligible.
Writers who have published more than five books, including chapbooks, are not eligible. Literary journals and anthologies are not included in this count.
Only U.S. residents 18+ are eligible for funding, and prizes must be spent in the U.S.
Funds cannot be used specifically for travel or for study at an educational institution.
At this time, we are not accepting screenplays, stage plays, or children’s picture books.
Only one entry is allowed per person.
- Submission for both prizes takes place on the Granum Foundation Website
- You are expected to write a Cover Letter in your application form. Learn how to write a good cover letter to support your submission.
Granum Foundation Prize
Prize: One winner will be awarded $5,000. Up to three finalists will be awarded $500 or more.
Granum Foundation Translation Prize
Prize: One winner will receive $1,500 or more.
Both applications are open from May 1 until August 1 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.