The Royal Literary Fund

The Royal Literary Fund helps authors of several works of approved literary merit, commercially published by British publishers, or their dependants. Authors include novelists, poet and playwrights; writers of short stories and writers for children; crime writers, science writers, biographers and of the families of such deceased authors, who are in need of relief. 

The circumstances of those we help vary greatly. 

Last updated on 16 July 2019

Who is eligible?

Authors of published work of literary merit and their dependants. The work must be written in English and commercially published by British publishers.

What we can't help with

  • books written for an academic market
  • self-published books or ebooks
  • work as an editor.
  • We cannot provide grants for projects, works in progress or publication costs
  • We do not provide loans

More information can be found on the website:

How to apply?

The application form requests details of all income and expenditure and applicants are requested to send copies of published work with the completed applications form. A member of staff will arrange to meet applicants at their homes to discuss their application and their circumstances.

The RLF committee must pass applicants for literary merit before they can be considered for an award. The committee meets eleven times a year to consider applications. A decision on literary merit and on the award of a grant/pension is made at the same meeting, and the applicant is informed of the result straightaway.

If you would like an application form or have any further enquiry please contact Eileen Gunn: Email / Phone 020 7353 7159

Contact details

3 Johnson’s Court
off Fleet Street
London EC4A 3EA

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