The Authors Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), the Royal Literary Fund (RLF), the T S Eliot Foundation, in partnership with English PEN and Amazon UK have contributed financial resources to create the Authors' Emergency Fund.
As the Covid-19 health crisis deepens across the UK, the incomes of self-employed workers from all sectors have been reduced. Writers, illustrators, journalists, translators, scriptwriters and other authors are among them. Book tours have been cancelled, along with lectures, talks, performances and school visits.
The Authors' Contingency Fund is intended to help support authors who have been impacted financially by the growing health crisis.
Grants are likely to be between £500 and £2,000 and designed to meet urgent need with the possibility of review as the situation continues
Applications are open to all professional authors who are resident in the UK or British subjects – including all types of writers, illustrators, literary translators, scriptwriters, poets, journalists and others – for whom author-related activities make up a substantial amount of their annual income.