New York, NY (October 27, 2020)— In alliance with the Amazon Literary Partnership, the Academy of American Poets invites poetry organizations and presses to submit applications for grants from the Poetry Fund, which will be awarded in 2021. The Amazon Literary Partnership launched the Poetry Fund with the Academy of American Poets in 2018 to further its role as a supporter of poetry organizations nationwide. The Academy of American Poets grant-making panel this year includes Kamilah Aisha Moon, Claudia Castro Luna, and Brenda Shaughnessy

Grant applications are being accepted now through January 29, 2021. Final award decisions will be made by the Amazon Literary Partnership in tandem with the Academy and announced in May 2021.

To apply for a 2021 Poetry Fund grant, visit:

To learn about the 2020 Poetry Fund grant recipients, visit:

Since 2009, the Amazon Literary Partnership has awarded more than $13 million in grant funding to more than 150 organizations, assisting many thousands of writers. The Amazon Literary Partnership is committed to uplifting and amplifying the voices of writers by supporting the literary community through grants to writing programs and nonprofit literary organizations, groups whose mission is to champion emerging writers and diversity in storytelling. In 2020, the Amazon Literary Partnership provided funding directly to writers impacted by COVID-19 through Artist Relief and PEN America’s Writer’s Emergency Fund. 

To learn more about the Amazon Literary Partnership, visit:  

About the Academy of American Poets

The Academy of American Poets is the nation’s leading champion of poets and poetry with supporters in all fifty states. Founded in 1934, the organization annually awards more funds to individual poets than any other organization through its prize program, giving a total of $1,250,000 to more than 200 poets at various stages of their careers. The Academy also produces, the world’s largest publicly funded website for poets and poetry; originated and organizes National Poetry Month; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day series and American Poets magazine; provides award-winning resources to K–12 educators, including the Teach This Poem series; hosts an annual series of poetry readings and special events; and coordinates a national Poetry Coalition working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture. This year, in response to the global health crisis, the organization joined six other national organizations to launch Artist Relief, a multidisciplinary coalition of arts grantmakers and a consortium of foundations working to provide resources and funding to the country’s individual poets, writers, and artists who are impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In another similar effort, the Academy, along with two other literary arts organizations—the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses and the National Book Foundation—established the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, which provided emergency relief funding to nonprofit literary arts organizations and publishers across the U.S. that have experienced financial losses as a result of the pandemic.