Author and Publisher Groups

A love of reading and an appreciation for the people who create great books is part of our DNA at offers grants for nonprofit author and publisher groups that share our obsession with fostering the creation, discussion, and publication of books. Examples of recent awards include:

826 Seattle
826 Seattle ( is Seattle's only writing center entirely dedicated to helping students, aged 6 to 18, improve their written communication skills. All 826 programs are structured around the belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to a young person's future success. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, 826 Seattle offers free after-school tutoring, special writing workshops, class field trips, in-school programs, and publishing opportunities for Seattle students to improve their ability to communicate effectively in writing and to help nurture the development of our next generation of writers. 826 Seattle is one of seven 826 National chapters. The original, 826 Valencia, is located in San Francisco’s Mission District ( The others are in Ann Arbor (, Brooklyn (, Chicago (, Los Angeles (, and Boston ( is a proud supporter of 826 Seattle, as the sponsor and underwriter of its Fall 2009 anthology of student writing and other compelling initiatives.

92nd Street Y
The 92nd Street Y (, founded in 1874, unites culture and community in one multifaceted institution that serves over 300,000 people annually with a wide array of programming in the arts and culture, as well as other disciplines. The Y’s Poetry Center presents emerging and established novelists, critics and poets to the largest literature audience in New York City, standing out among venues as a home for artists to build their audiences over many years. Among the Poetry Center’s many programs, is proud to support the 2009/2010 Main Reading Series and the Poetry Center Schools Project. The Reading Series features a broad array of readings, performances, and interviews, with recent appearances by such literary greats as Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, Toni Morrison, Annie Proulx and Sam Shepard. For over 20 years, the Poetry Center Schools Project has promoted literature and literacy free-of-charge to 1,500 New York City public high school students each year. The Project provides in-class workshops; dinner and question/answer sessions with prominent writers; Poetry Center readings; and weekly writing workshops at the Y.

ACT ( is committed to introducing youth to the power of theatre. ACT’s education programs play a key role in the pursuit of new art, new thought, and a higher degree of artistic excellence. is supporting the Young Playwrights Program, ACT’s flagship education program, which sends professional playwrights into schools for ten weeks to teach the basics of playwriting to Seattle-area students. ACT’s Young Playwrights Program equips participants with tools for creative self-expression, endowing them with self-confidence and the sense that their ideas—about themselves, their world, and the challenges they face—matter, and their voices will be heard. shares ACT’s commitment, as exemplified by its Young Playwrights Program, to nurturing our next generations of great playwrights.

Alliance for Young Artists and Writers
The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers (, is a nonprofit organization that identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The Alliance works with nearly 100 regional affiliates across the country to promote the creative development of students in grades 7 through 12 by connecting them with opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication, and college and pre-college scholarships. The Scholastic Awards have been credited with identifying the early promise of some of America’s cultural icons including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Richard Avedon and Robert Redford. To date the Awards have encouraged more than 13 million students, recognized over 9 million young artists and writers, and made available more than $25 million in awards and scholarships. is pleased to support the Alliance’s efforts to provide recognition to young writers through its publications program, including the anthology, Best Teen Writing 2009.

Artist Trust
Artist Trust ( is dedicated to supporting Washington State authors, musicians, and other artists by providing direct financial assistance and professional resources. Thousands of accomplished and emerging artists benefit each year from the organization's myriad programs, ranging from peer-judged awards to fellowships, residencies, and professional skills training courses. Fellowships in writing and other disciplines recognize creators with unique vision, outstanding talent, and a record of artistic achievement, and require recipients to create and present their work to the community. In addition to funding an author fellowship, is underwriting EDGE for Writers, a comprehensive educational program that provides authors with the professional skills necessary to make a living through their creative output. Writers receive professional development training in a variety of areas, including financial management, marketing, publishing, grant preparation, copyright, and other legal issues, as well as training in performance and presentation skills. The EDGE program helps create self-sufficient and professionally empowered writers and artists capable of making a business of their craft. is proud to support Artist Trust and its efforts to ensure that writers and other artists in the Washington State creative community have the means to continue creating great works.

Asian American Writers Workshop
Founded in 1991, The Asian American Writers’ Workshop ( is the most prominent organization in the country dedicated to exceptional literature by writers of Asian descent. A community of sophisticated readers and writers, the Workshop serves as an advocate and support service for Asian American writers and an intellectual and cultural center for Asian American ideas. Recently ranked by the United Asian American Organizations as one of the top five Asian American groups in the country, the Workshop believes that Asian American literature is not simply a niche genre, but offers something irreplaceable for all readers, regardless of ethnicity or national origin. is proud to support the Workshop’s commitment to developing new voices and new works.

Association of Writers and Writing Programs
The mission of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs ( is to foster literary talent and achievement, to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing. AWP was founded in 1967, and today serves 34,000 writers through its publications, its services for writers, and its annual conference and bookfair. AWP’s Award Series reflects the organization’s commitment to the development of new works and emerging literary voices; prizes include a cash award and a publication contract for authors of works in four categories. is proud to support the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry and the Grace Paley Award for Short Fiction.

Center for the Art of Translation
The Center for the Art of Translation ( promotes world literature and translation through publishing, teaching, and public events. With anthologies of literature from more than fifty languages, events throughout the year that connect readers with international authors and translators, and education programs that teach young people to love literature, languages, and translation, the Center opens the door to critical conversations between cultures. Its flagship anthology series, Two Lines World Writing in Translation, has been published since 1994 and has featured the work of Nobel laureates, award-winning translators, and others. Lit and Lunch, the Center's monthly series of literary readings, has featured figures such as Robert Hass, Natasha Wimmer, and Edith Grossman. Its in-school education program, Poetry Inside Out, has taught thousands of students to appreciate and understand poetry through an innovative curriculum in which they practice literary translation. is proud to support the Center’s commitment to discovering, developing and sharing new voices through its Two Lines and Poetry Inside Out programs.

Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas
The Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas ( presents and produces African-American cultural programs in the performing arts, humanities and literary arts that encourage thought and debate for the greater Seattle area. During its 10 year history, the CD Forum has presented numerous novelists, poets and writers including Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Derek Bell, Edwidge Danticat and Octavia Butler. Designed to broaden the view of African-American culture, the CD Forum places no limitations or pre-conditions on participating artists, writers and academics. Rather its work showcases the unique and varied perspectives that comprise the “Black Experience”. is proud to support the work of the CD Forum as it celebrates its 10th anniversary season.

Founded in 1974, Centrum’s ( literary programming, including the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, is at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene, serving as a community for writers, editors, thinkers, translators, and ardent readers. Centrum presents workshops, readings, craft lectures, and residencies in many languages, literary styles, and locations in Washington state, and helps to facilitate the literary development and dialogue of nascent, emerging, and established writers, readers, editors, translators, and audience members. Centrum workshops and conferences are egalitarian, non-hierarchical writers' conferences where the emphasis is on nurturing the craft of literary writing and providing writers with a year-round literary community. The Centrum model is one of immersion in the writing life, in which nationally ranked writers come to work with ardent writing students. shares Centrum’s dedication to developing new authors and new works, and is proud to support the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference.

Children's Book Week
Children's Book Week (, the longest running national literacy event in the country, celebrates and promotes the enjoyment and importance of reading and books among young people. Sponsored annually by the Children's Book Council (CBC) and its Every Child a Reader Foundation (ECAR), 2009’s celebration encompassed events around the country, online, and around the world. At the heart of the weeklong commemoration is the annual Children's Choice Book Awards, the only national award for books actually chosen by children and teens, who vote for their favorites at the Children's Book Week website. In addition to serving as the voting site, the Children's Book Week website is a hub for all aspects of the weeklong celebration, including information about events, suggestions and downloads for bringing the celebration in to your home, bookstore, library and school (such as an original poster designed by Ian Falconer (2008 Illustrator of the Year) and an original bookmark designed by Dan Yaccarino. is proud to be an Anchor Sponsor for the 2009 Children's Book Week, and to support CBC's and ECAR's efforts to create impactful community-based programs focused on the joy of reading.

Clarion West
The Clarion West Writers Workshop ( has been helping new writers prepare for professional careers in the field of speculative fiction for over 25 years. Its annual workshop is a six-week, highly intensive, live-in experience that gives new writers an opportunity to focus on the quality of their work. Eighteen writers, chosen competitively, work closely with their peers and with six instructors (each a significant professional author or editor) to improve their writing. It is often a transformative experience for the individual writer. In October 2008, announced it will match every dollar raised by Clarion West for a one-year period, up to $25,000. Having successfully met that challenge, is pleased to provide an additional challenge grant for 2010. "The challenge grant is an enormous encouragement to our organization," said Deborah Fisher, Chair of Clarion West's Board of Directors. "It recognizes the good work that Clarion West has done over the last twenty-five years and is the perfect launch for the next twenty-five. I'm especially delighted that this grant comes from a community of readers who love books and writers just as much as we do."

Copper Canyon Press
Copper Canyon Press ( is an independent, nonprofit publisher that believes poetry is vital to language and living. Since 1972, the Press has established an international reputation for editorial acumen, commitment to authors, and dedication to readers who share their conviction that a good poem invigorates the language and sharpens our appreciation of the world. Copper Canyon publishes new collections of poetry by both revered and emerging American poets, translations from many of the world’s languages, anthologies, prose books about poetry, and reissues of out-of-print poetry classics. Since 2005, Copper Canyon titles have won a range of major literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize, and its catalog includes works by Nobel laureates Pablo Neruda, Odysseas Elytis, Octavio Paz, Vicente Aleixandre, and Rabindranath Tagore.’s support of Copper Canyon reflects our shared commitment to ensuring the availability of great books.

Hedgebrook ( supports visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. Its retreat on Whidbey Island, just north of Seattle, offers one of the few residency programs in the world exclusively dedicated to supporting the creative process of women writers and bringing their literary work to the world through innovative public programs. Its investment in these writers is an act of faith in the transformative power of the literary arts and a belief in the necessity of hearing stories told from a woman’s perspective. Over the past two decades, Hedgebrook has nurtured the work and careers of a global community of women writers, including Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage, MacArthur Foundation fellow Sarah Ruhl, cultural iconoclasts Gloria Steinem and Eve Ensler, bestselling authors Monique Truong and Stephanie Kallos, and cutting-edge emerging artists like poet Suheir Hammad and playwright/actor Danai Gurira, among nearly 1,200 others. is pleased to support Hedgebrook’s commitment to cultivating and highlighting the work of women writers around the world.

Humanities Washington
Humanities Washington ( is dedicated to improving life for individuals and their communities through interdisciplinary cultural and education programs that nurture creativity, promote dialogue and spark critical thinking. In 2008, Humanities Washington served more than two million people in rural and urban communities across the state. Humanities Washington’s programs include Bedtime Stories, an evening of food, wine and words featuring new work by Northwest authors on the evening’s unique theme and then read aloud to the audience; Motheread, a family literacy program; Inquiring Mind, a speakers’ bureau featuring dynamic presenters on topics ranging from local history to international politics; an Exhibits program which brings Smithsonian exhibitions to small museums; and grants to support grassroots humanities projects in Washington State. is pleased to join Humanities Washington’s commitment to generating great new works by supporting Bedtime Stories.

At Jumpstart (, they know that every child is born with the potential to succeed in school and in life. They also know that the foundation for that success is established in the early years, before a child enters kindergarten. To cultivate a child’s social, emotional and intellectual readiness, Jumpstart brings college students and community volunteers together with preschool children for year long, individualized tutoring and mentoring. Since 1993, more than 70,000 preschool children across the United States have benefited from millions of hours of Jumpstart service. Today, Jumpstart is recognized as a one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed., like Jumpstart, believes that great writers begin with great readers, and is proud to support the organization’s efforts.

Loft Literary Center
The Loft Literary Center (, one of the country’s largest and most comprehensive independent literary centers, supports the artistic development of writers, fosters a writing community, and builds an audience for literature. Now in its 35th year, Loft programs include more than 300 creative writing classes for writers at all levels of development; dozens of readings and spoken word events annually featuring established and emerging writers; fellowships, mentorships, and career advancement grants; Web-based resources; writers’ studios; and a book club room. With’s support, the Loft’s website serves as a resource for writers nationwide with weekly original articles on craft and the writing life in A View From the Loft; a listing of local and national writing groups; information on contests, grants, and calls for submissions; and links to agents, other literary centers, and publishers.

Milkweed Editions
Founded in Minneapolis in 1979, Milkweed Editions ( is one of the nation’s most accomplished independent, nonprofit book publishers. With more than two hundred titles in print and more than a million copies of its books in circulation, Milkweed publishes with the intention of making a humane impact on society, in the belief that literature is a transformative art. As an essential outgrowth of its mission, Milkweed also operates the Alliance for Reading, which brings authors and literacy programming to public schools in the Twin Cities. is proud to support Milkweed’s commitment to publishing and distributing great works and great authors.

The Moth
Hailed as “New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” by the Wall Street Journal, The Moth ( is dedicated to the art of storytelling. Since 1997, The Moth has been helping people create and tell well-crafted narratives from real life. One goal of The Moth is to present the finest storytellers among established and emerging writers; another is to encourage storytelling among people whose stories often go unheard. is proud to support The Moth Mainstage, a series of shows in New York and across the country, each with a new theme and a new set of storytellers. Every show features headlining writers and artists who are leaders in their fields, alongside emerging writers and other unique voices, with all stories directed by The Moth. Notable storytellers have included Adam Gopnik, Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie, Sarah Jones and Sam Shepard, as well as a retired pickpocket, a voodoo priestess, an astronaut, and many more.

NY Writers Coalition
NY Writers Coalition (NYWC) ( is one of the largest community-based writing organizations in the country. The Coalition is dedicated to expanding the notion of who can be a writer, connecting previously discounted people with the power of their own words and stories. Each year, it provides more than 1,000 free creative writing workshops throughout New York City to people not heard from enough in our society: at-risk and disconnected youth, the homeless and formerly homeless, the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, war veterans, people with disabilities, cancer and major illness, immigrants, seniors and many others. NYWC also publishes the work of its workshop members, holds numerous public readings, and co-sponsors the Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival, which presents some of New York City’s most talented young writers reading alongside literary luminaries – past readers include Jhumpa Lahiri, Colson Whitehead, and Sapphire.’s support of the Festival and NYWC’s Youth Writers Program will help enable hundreds of at-risk and economically disadvantaged youth to join our next generation of authors through NYWC’s innovative and inspiring programs.

Office of Letters and Light
The Office of Letters and Light ( helps children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement and structure they need to achieve their creative potential by combining web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world community components. Its centerpiece initiative is National Novel Writing Month (, a free global program that challenges individuals to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. Participants exchange advice and writing tips on the NaNoWriMo website and in their own communities, where group write-ins are held in coffee shops, libraries, and living rooms. The NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program also takes place in November and offers a similar prose adventure for 12-and-under authors and the K-12 classroom set. Resources and curriculum materials are provided to teachers, youth librarians, and homeschooling parents to help get kids and teens excited about writing. is proud to support the Office of Letters and Light and their efforts to create more great works and foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels.

Open Letter
Open Letter (—the University of Rochester’s nonprofit, literary translation press—is one of only a handful of publishing houses dedicated to increasing access to world literature for English readers. Publishing ten titles in translation each year, Open Letter searches for works that are extraordinary and influential, works they hope will become the classics of tomorrow. Making world literature available in English is crucial to opening our cultural borders, and its availability plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy and vibrant book culture. Open Letter strives to cultivate an audience for these works by helping readers discover imaginative, stunning works of fiction and by creating a constellation of international writing that is engaging, stimulating, and enduring. In addition, Open Letter runs the popular literary weblog Three Percent ( and works closely with the University of Rochester’s educational programming in literary translation studies. shares Open Letter’s commitment to expanding access to great international authors and works, and is proud to support its publishing program.

Page Ahead
Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program ( is the leading provider of children’s books and literacy services in Washington State, serving more than 55,000 children in need every year. Dedicated to helping children in need succeed in school by developing strong reading skills, Page Ahead serves children, families and communities with books for kids; literacy workshops for families; and volunteer-led Story Times for budding readers. Through these programs, Page Ahead excites children and educates families about the importance – and adventure – of reading. Since 1990, Page Ahead has given 1.9 million new books to more than 600,000 children through collaborations with schools, social service agencies, preschools, and early childhood centers across Washington State. More than 70% of the children served by Page Ahead live below the federal poverty line. Literacy can make the difference between the poverty of one generation and the promise of the next. is proud to work with Page Ahead and help children realize their potential by providing them with the inspiration to read.

PEN American Center
PEN American Center ( is an association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship. PEN programs fight censorship and defend imprisoned and persecuted writers around the world in the belief that freedom of expression is an essential component of every healthy society. PEN programs also promote a love of reading, develop writing talent, and work to increase publication of literature in translation. In addition to supporting PEN's role as a mobilizing force for freedom of expression around the world, also provides funding for the Center's Translation Fund to support the translation of books into the English language and promote the work of American translators through public forums, awards, and the annual World in Translation Month celebration each May. The Committee also works to uphold the rights of translators by appealing on behalf of those who are censored or persecuted, in addition to monitoring the publishing industry and media to ensure that translators are given full and public credit for their work. shares PEN's commitment to ensuring the availability of these great international works to readers everywhere.

Poets and Writers
Poets and Writers (, the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets and writers of fiction and creative nonfiction, has fostered the professional development of authors for almost 40 years through Poets and Writers Magazine and its comprehensive website of resources for established and emerging writers. Tens of thousands of writers benefit from up-to-date information on grants and awards, literary magazines, jobs, and literary events, as well as practical guidance on writing and publishing and a variety of programs aimed at nurturing the creation of great new works and connecting authors and audiences in major cities and small towns around the country. The organization also sponsors several major prizes for writers and funds hundreds of readings and writing workshops led by authors around the country. and Poets and Writers share a belief in contemporary literature's indispensable value to our national culture, and is proud to support the organization's efforts to nurture and grow writers and the wonderful works they produce.

Richard Hugo House
Founded in 1997, Richard Hugo House ( is the Pacific Northwest's leading literary center, offering classes, residencies, and events that support writers and readers of all ages and backgrounds, foster the creation of new work, and promote the literary arts as a vital part of our culture. The Hugo Literary Series, for which is the 2009-10 Presenting Sponsor, sits at the core of the center's mission to develop new writing. Each performance features writers with national reputations (including Sherman Alexie, Aimee Bender, Rick Moody, and Richard Rodriguez) alongside talented newcomers, charged with completing and publicly presenting a new work around a pre-selected theme. Performers return the following day to teach classes, open to the community, at Hugo House. is also proud to support youth programs at Hugo House, which feature classes with professional writers, weekly writing circles, contests, open mic nights and an intensive creative writing summer camp. Conservatory-model instruction encourages students to read as writers, to critique established work alongside the work of their peers and to take risks with their writing while exploring voice and language.’s support of these programs reflects its commitment, shared with Hugo House, to nurturing new authors and new writing.

Seattle Arts and Lectures
For over 20 years, Seattle Arts and Lectures ( has presented dynamic arts and education programs for children and adults throughout the Puget Sound region. SAL's mission is to spark the imagination through programs that connect people and ideas. SAL's programs include its renowned Literary/Arts and Poetry series, presenting some of the world's most influential writers and artists; Wednesday University, offering lifelong learning in the arts and humanities; and Writers in the Schools (WITS), bringing professional writers into public schools for year-long residencies. WITS writers-in-residence give students the opportunity to create, present, and receive feedback on their writing, culminating in showcase events such as public readings and publication of selected works in anthologies. The WITS program also offers in-school professional development opportunities for teachers and provides local writers with meaningful employment. is proud to support Seattle Arts and Lectures and their dedication to nurturing our next generation of great authors and great works through the Writers in the Schools program.

Small Press Distribution
Small Press Distribution ( connects readers with writers by providing access to independently published literature. SPD allows essential but underrepresented literary communities to participate fully in the marketplace and in the culture at large through distribution to booksellers, libraries and individual book buyers; the organization also provides essential information services and a roster of public advocacy programs. SPD nurtures an environment in which the literary arts are valued and sustained. Founded in 1969 in Berkeley, California, SPD is currently the only distributor in the country dedicated exclusively to independently published literature. shares SPD’s commitment to making more works available to more people in more ways, and is proud to be able to support the work of the organization.

Founded in 1971, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) ( is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals working in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. The SCBWI provides a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. As a unified body, the SCBWI acts as a powerful force to effect important changes within the field of children's literature, promoting new copyright legislation, equitable treatment of authors and artists, and fair contract terms. With more than 22,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regional chapters, SCBWI is the largest children's writing organization in the world. is proud to fund the SCBWI Work-In-Progress grants which provide essential support for writers and illustrators in a variety of genres for young readers.

Stanford Professional Publishing Course
The Stanford Professional Publishing Course (, hosted by Stanford University, is an intensive week-long program for established book and magazine publishing professionals who are reinventing media in a digital world. Since 1978, over 3,000 experienced publishing professionals, representing leading book and magazine publishers from around the globe, have attended the program, immersing themselves in a creative environment dedicated to incubating new approaches to the business of publishing. The need for innovative thinking is perhaps no greater than now, as the book and magazine publishing industry grapples with profound changes to its traditional business models. In support of SPPC's mission, and recognizing the crucial role that innovation has played in its own success, is proud to sponsor the Amazon '09 Innovation Scholarship, awarded to a nonprofit book or magazine publisher who has demonstrated particular innovation either in using new technologies to deliver content or in developing new business models to sustain and promote publishing in a digital age.

Words Without Borders
Words Without Borders ( is dedicated to the translation, publication, and promotion of the best international literature. The organization's free online magazine is at the heart of its efforts, featuring selections of contemporary world literature that otherwise would likely never be accessible to English-language readers. Since 2003, Words Without Borders has published more than 1,100 pieces by writers from over 111 countries and 80 languages. In addition to the online magazine, the organization publishes print anthologies and is building an education program to bring contemporary international literature into high school and college classrooms. shares Words Without Borders' commitment to making more great works available from around the world to English-speaking readers and is proud to support its November 2009 issue commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.