Grants for Women Authors

Publishing and Program Grants for Women Authors

Many authors dream of signing a book deal with a traditional publisher and making it to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. But only around 1 percent of authors are published by traditional publishers, which equates to fewer than 8,000 people annually.

The sobering fact is that the majority of authors published traditionally are white men ages 40 and older, and (not surprisingly) white men are at the top of the publishing pay scale. If you’re a woman author, the odds are stacked against you. Even more so if you are a woman of color, a woman with a disability, a member of the LGBTQ+ community or any combination of these.

Publish Her is on a mission to disrupt the status quo. We are a female-founded and focused publisher dedicated to elevating the words, writing and stories of women. We are passionate about amplifying the voices of women of color, women with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community, and aim to make publishing an attainable, exciting and collaborative process for all. Publish Her demonstrates its commitment to equity by providing access to publishing services and programs through grants.

Grants are available for the following programs and services:

Choosing Your Publishing Path Workshops

These virtual and in-person workshops educate authors on the publishing industry and various book publishing models. Registration is DISCOUNTED $20 for women of color, women with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you identify as one or more of these, complete the registration and enter the code CYPP at checkout. Register here.

Guided Self-Publishing Workshops

These virtual workshops provide expert guidance on self-publishing your book from start to finish. Registration for Guided Self-Publishing Workshop Parts One and Two Bundle is DISCOUNTED $100 for women of color, women with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. If you identify as one or more of these, complete the registration and enter the code GSP at checkout. Register here.

Women’s Writing Circles

Virtual writing circles provide community, inspiration and an opportunity to grow and learn as a writer. For each eight-week session, registration is FREE for two women of color/women with disabilities/members of the LGBTQ+ community. **All grants have been awarded for Women’s Writing Circles.**

Chapter Book Publishing

Chapter book publishing includes editing, design, marketing and publishing a book of up to 80,000 words to Amazon and Ingram. In 2023, Publish Her will award two grants valued at $8,000 each for complete chapter book publishing.

To qualify for a chapter book publishing grant, you must be the author of a previously unpublished final draft manuscript. You must identify as a woman of color, a woman with a disability or a member of the LGBTQ+ community (or any combination of these), a legal resident of the U.S., and 21 years of age or older. If you meet these qualifications, complete the application below. Grantees will be notified by email.

IMPORTANT: Grants are for Publish Her publishing and programs only. Please do not submit an application if you are not the author of a previously unpublished final draft manuscript.

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