PEN/Bare Life Review Grants 

Literary Arts
Organization PEN America
Deadline July 21, 2023

The PEN/Bare Life Review Grants recognize literary works by immigrant and refugee writers. For the 2024 grant cycle, we will confer two PEN/Bare Life Review Grants with cash prizes of $5,000 each. Deadline: Submissions will be accepted from June 7, 2023 through July 21, 2023. Submissions will close at 11:59 p.m. (EST) on July 21.


The submitted project must be the work of a single individual, written in or translated into English. In the case of translated works, the grant will be conferred to the original author.
The project must be an unpublished work-in-progress that will not be published prior to April 1, 2025, as the grants are intended to support the completion of a manuscript.
The project must be a work of a literary nature: fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry.
This grant is available to foreign-born writers based in the U.S., and to writers living abroad who hold refugee/asylum seeker status.
Writers may only submit one project per year.