Please fill out the form below. Be sure to select an option indicating accepted genres and category. Upload your complete grant application as one document according to these instructions.


Please attach the following items to cover sheet:


1.   Your proposal of no more than 500 words. It should describe:


a.  the literary endeavor (including the genre) for which you are requesting support;

             b.  how this grant will help you progress in this endeavor; and,

             c.   a timeline for your project and specific use of the grant funds during that time.


2.  One or more letters of recommendation from someone who knows your writing in a

      professional capacity or wishes to encourage your pursuit of the craft. The letter should

      address how this opportunity is critical for your growth as a writer.


      Letters must be submitted with the application (late letters will not be accepted).


3.  A writing sample of no more than 10 pages (double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt. type)


4.  A biography of no more than 400 words that describes your status as a writer, including  

      whether you have previously had material published or performed in your field.



All New Mexico writers are invited to apply for funding to support projects in ONE of any of the following genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, playwriting, and screenwriting.



Grant recipients are eligible to apply for grants in one of two categories:


New Mexico Writers Annual Grant: New Mexico Writers signature grant supporting writing, research, publishing and other activities pertaining to the creation of new works or works in progress. Grants typically range from $500 to $2,000.


Douglas Preston Travel Grant: This special annual $1,000 grant, funded by best-selling author and Santa Fe resident Douglas Preston and matching donations, specifically supports an author’s travel needs in the service of a writing project.


Applicants for either grant may request funding to support their work as needed, including attendance at a writing-related workshop, conference, or mentorship program; research-related travel costs; or enabling time away from employment to work on a project.  


Award recipients are required to submit a report to New Mexico Writers detailing how the grant was used and how their work benefited from the funding.



Grant applications are due via online submission no later than March 31, 2021. Awardees will be notified by no later than May 15, 2021.


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