The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses Announces a New Funding Opportunity for Independent Literary Publishers

New York, NY (September 7, 2022)—The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) announced today a new multi-year funding opportunity for independent nonprofit literary publishers. Eligible magazines and presses may apply to the CLMP Capacity-Building Grant Program for two-year grants of between $5,000 to $25,000 each year, $10,000–$50,000 total, to support capacity-building initiatives. A grant from the Hawthornden Foundation, originally founded in 1983 by the late Drue Heinz, makes this program possible.

“This new program comes at a time when all publishers are facing astronomical increases in production costs. Literary magazines and small presses are especially under-resourced and, therefore, vulnerable,” said Mary Gannon, Executive Director of CLMP, “yet they’re the foundation of the publishing ecosystem. We’re thrilled to help bolster these publishers for the long term, and incredibly grateful to the Hawthornden Foundation for investing in this critical endeavor.”

Through the CLMP Capacity-Building Grant Program, independent nonprofit literary magazines and presses may apply for two-year grants to support projects that aim to create a sustainable and effective organization in areas such as fundraising, marketing, distribution, and web development; skill-building opportunities for staff and board members; strategic and succession planning; diversity and equity initiatives; and leadership development and management training.

Grants will be recommended by an independent panel and approved by a committee of the CLMP Board of Directors.

Applications will be accepted from September 12, 2022, through October 28, 2022, at 5PM ET. To learn more about eligibility requirements and to apply, visit

To learn about a similar grant opportunity offered by the Academy of American Poets for nonprofit literary organizations that present or serve poets, or incorporate poetry as part of their programming, visit

CLMP and the Academy of American Poets will host a joint information session for interested applicants on September 16, 2022, at 1 PM ET. To register, visit For answers to frequently asked questions, visit

About CLMP

CLMP ensures a vibrant, diverse literary landscape by helping mission-driven independent literary magazines and presses thrive. Since 1967, CLMP has provided publishers with funding and technical assistance; facilitated peer-to-peer learning and group action; served as a dependable, essential hub for best practices, resources, and nurturing community support; and connected publishers with other groups of literary stakeholders, including readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, educators, presenting organizations, and funders. Along with directly serving 900+ publishers located in every state in the country, CLMP administers the Lit Mag Adoption program, which provides educators and students with discounted magazine subscriptions; the annual Indie Lit Fair, in partnership with the PEN World Voices Festival; the $10,000 Constellation Award, given to honor an independent literary press that is led by and/or champions the writing of people of color for excellence in publishing; and the Firecracker Awards for Independently Published Literature, which celebrate magazines and books that make a significant contribution to our literary culture, among other programs. Learn more at

For press inquiries contact Mary Gannon at [email protected]