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Amazon Literary Partnership: Cultivating a Thriving Literary Landscape

Since its inception in 2009, Amazon Literary Partnership has been a beacon of support for literary organizations across the United States, providing over $16 million in funding to empower writers in their creative pursuits. This unwavering commitment stems from the belief that words possess the transformative power to uplift lives, communities, and the world. Amazon Literary Partnership takes pride in supporting organizations that champion writers and foster a vibrant literary landscape.

Empowering Writers Throughout Their Careers

Amazon Literary Partnership recognizes the diverse needs of writers throughout their careers. Their grantmaking program encompasses a wide range of organizations that cater to writers of all ages and backgrounds. From youth-focused writing programs to residency programs, publications, and award programs, the partnership aims to provide comprehensive support that nurtures writers’ talent and facilitates their success.

Amplifying Underrepresented Voices

Amazon Literary Partnership is dedicated to amplifying the voices of often overlooked and underrepresented writers. The partnership actively supports organizations that champion diversity in literature and provide platforms for marginalized voices to be heard. By doing so, they aim to create a more inclusive literary landscape that reflects the richness and diversity of the American experience.

Connecting Writers with Readers

Amazon Literary Partnership recognizes the crucial role of readers in the literary ecosystem. They support organizations that bridge the gap between writers and readers, facilitating meaningful connections and fostering a sense of community. This includes initiatives that promote literary events, workshops, and book clubs, as well as organizations that provide access to books and reading resources for underserved communities.

2023 Grantee Organizations

In 2023, Amazon Literary Partnership is honored to provide nearly $1 million in funding to 93 literary organizations across the country. These organizations represent the diverse landscape of literary endeavors, from youth writing programs to literary magazines and presses.

Partnership with Academy of American Poets and CLMP

Amazon Literary Partnership continues its partnership with the Academy of American Poets on the Poetry Fund and the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) on the Literary Magazine Fund. These initiatives provide crucial support to poets and literary magazines, ensuring that poetry remains a vibrant and accessible art form.

Grantee Highlights

Some of the notable grantee organizations include:

  • 826 National: A network of writing centers that provides free writing instruction to students in underserved communities.
  • Cave Canem Foundation: An organization dedicated to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of Black poets.
  • Kundiman: A nonprofit organization that supports Asian American writers and promotes Asian American literature.
  • National Book Foundation: The organization behind the prestigious National Book Awards, which recognize outstanding literary achievement.
  • PEN America: A leading advocate for freedom of expression and the rights of writers around the world.


Amazon Literary Partnership’s unwavering support for literary organizations underscores its commitment to fostering a thriving literary landscape in the United States. By providing funding, the partnership empowers writers to create, publish, and share their stories with the world, enriching the cultural fabric of the nation. As Amazon Literary Partnership continues its work, it remains a steadfast champion of writers and a catalyst for literary excellence.