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Amazon Literary Partnership

Helping Writers Tell Their Stories and Find Their Readers

With the goal of helping writers tell their stories and find their readers, the Amazon Literary Partnership supports nonprofit literary organizations that share our obsession with empowering writers to create, publish, learn, teach, experiment, and thrive. We provide grant funding to innovative groups that strive for a lasting impact not only on writers' lives, but on the broader literary and publishing communities. Some of our grant recipient partners are highlighted below, and we encourage you to support them as well. (To learn more about the Amazon Literary Partnership, email us at and tell us about your group. Note: Due to the large number of requests we receive, we unfortunately cannot assist all of the worthy organizations that seek our support, nor can we respond individually to every request.)

Founded in 1997, Richard Hugo House ( is the Pacific Northwest's leading literary center, offering classes, residencies, and events that support writers and readers of all ages and backgrounds, foster the creation of new work, and promote the literary arts as a vital part of our culture. Amazon is proud to support the Hugo Literary Series, which sits at the core of the Center's mission to develop new writing. Each performance features writers with national reputations (including Sherman Alexie, Aimee Bender, Rick Moody, and Richard Rodriguez) alongside talented newcomers, charged with completing and publicly presenting a new work around a pre-selected theme. Performers return the following day to teach classes, open to the community, at Hugo House. Amazon's support of Hugo House reflects our shared commitment to nurturing new authors and new writing.

Founded in 1991, The Asian American Writers' Workshop ( is the most prominent organization in the country dedicated to exceptional literature by writers of Asian descent. A community of sophisticated readers and writers, the Workshop serves as an advocate and support service for Asian American writers and an intellectual and cultural center for Asian American ideas. Recently ranked by the United Asian American Organizations as one of the top five Asian American groups in the country, the Workshop believes that Asian American literature is not simply a niche genre, but offers something irreplaceable for all readers, regardless of ethnicity or national origin. Amazon is proud to support the Workshop's commitment to developing new voices and new works.

For over 20 years, Seattle Arts and Lectures ( has presented dynamic arts and education programs for children and adults throughout the Puget Sound region. SAL's mission is to spark the imagination through programs that connect people and ideas. SAL's programs include its renowned Literary/Arts and Poetry series, presenting some of the world's most influential writers and artists; Wednesday University, offering lifelong learning in the arts and humanities; and Writers in the Schools (WITS), bringing professional writers into public schools for year-long residencies. WITS writers-in-residence give students the opportunity to create, present, and receive feedback on their writing, culminating in showcase events such as public readings and publication of selected works in anthologies. The WITS program also offers in-school professional development opportunities for teachers and provides local writers with meaningful employment. Amazon is proud to support Seattle Arts and Lectures and their dedication to nurturing our next generation of great authors, while providing professional writers with meaningful work and financial support, through the Writers in the Schools program.

Girls Write Now ( is the first organization in the country to combine mentoring and writing instruction within the context of all-girl programming. Since 1998, it has given more than 3,000 at-risk girls from New York City's under-funded public high schools access to a supportive mentoring relationship, a safe space to share ideas, and an intergenerational writing community. Their rigorous selection process, respect for each relationship's singularity, and integrated supports have led to rich, revelatory mentee writing across a variety of genres, and to a signal set of accomplishments. While half of New York City's youth fail to complete high school, 100% of GWN's seniors graduate and move on to college – bringing with them awards, scholarships, a new sense of confidence and new skills. GWN itself has received numerous honors, including a prestigious Coming Up Taller Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, distinguishing GWN as one of the top 15 after-school arts and culture programs in the nation. Amazon is pleased to support GWN's efforts to nurture and develop the next generation of great women writers.

Poets and Writers (, the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets and writers of fiction and creative nonfiction, has fostered the professional development of authors for almost 40 years through Poets and Writers Magazine and its comprehensive website of resources for established and emerging writers. Tens of thousands of writers benefit from up-to-date information on grants and awards, literary magazines, jobs, and literary events, as well as practical guidance on writing and publishing and a variety of programs aimed at nurturing the creation of great new works and connecting authors and audiences in major cities and small towns around the country. The organization also sponsors several major prizes for writers and funds hundreds of readings and writing workshops led by authors around the country. Amazon and Poets and Writers share a belief in contemporary literature's indispensable value to our national culture, and Amazon is proud to support the organization's efforts to nurture and grow writers and the wonderful works they produce.

Lambda Literary Foundation ( nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers. Since 1989, LLF has championed LGBT literature through programs such as the Lambda Literary Awards, the most competitive and prestigious gay literary prize in the world, and (formerly Lambda Book Report), a national leader in the publication of LGBT book reviews and author interviews. In 2007, Lambda Literary Foundation founded the Writers' Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices: a residency designed to offer intensive and sophisticated instruction to selected writers over a carefully designed one-week period. The Retreat, which is supported by Amazon, is intended to fill a void in the development of many LGBT writers, offering instructive feedback in a supportive environment by well-known and highly regarded faculty. The Retreat provides open access to industry professionals and the opportunity for fellows to create for themselves an ongoing community of practice as they advance in their craft and careers. It is one of LLF's most important initiatives: it represents the future of LGBT literature. Amazon is proud to support LLF and its Writers' Retreat, and looks forward to great new works from its alumni.

The Bureau of Fearless Ideas (, formerly 826 Seattle, is a champion of the power of words, both well-written and well-spoken. As Seattle's only writing center entirely dedicated to helping students aged 6 to 18, BFI believes that developing strong writing skills and motivating young people to share their stories can prepare them for a successful future. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, BFI offers one-on-one after school tutoring, special writing workshops, class field trips, in-school teacher training, and publishing opportunities for Seattle students to improve their ability to communicate effectively in writing and to help nurture the development of our next generation of writers. Amazon is a proud supporter of The Bureau of Fearless Ideas, including its annual anthology of student writing.

Hedgebrook ( supports visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. Its retreat on Whidbey Island, just north of Seattle, offers one of the few residency programs in the world exclusively dedicated to supporting the creative process of women writers and bringing their literary work to the world through innovative public programs. Its investment in these writers is an act of faith in the transformative power of the literary arts and a belief in the necessity of hearing stories told from a woman's perspective. Over the past two decades, Hedgebrook has nurtured the work and careers of a global community of women writers, including Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage, MacArthur Foundation fellow Sarah Ruhl, cultural iconoclasts Gloria Steinem and Eve Ensler, bestselling authors Monique Truong and Stephanie Kallos, and cutting-edge emerging artists like poet Suheir Hammad and playwright/actor Danai Gurira, among nearly 1,200 others. Amazon is pleased to support Hedgebrook's commitment to cultivating and highlighting the work of women writers around the world.

National Novel Writing Month ( believes that everyone's story matters. Founded in 1999, it works to empower people to value their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds — on and off the page. Its centerpiece initiative is National Novel Writing Month, a free global program that challenges individuals to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. Participants exchange advice and writing tips on the NaNoWriMo website and in their own communities, where group write-ins are held in coffee shops, libraries, and living rooms. The NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program also takes place in November and offers a similar prose adventure for the K-12 classroom set. Resources and curriculum materials are provided to teachers, youth librarians, and homeschooling parents to help get kids and teens excited about writing.

Electric Literature ( is a non-profit dedicated to amplifying the power of storytelling through digital innovation. Their mission is to ensure that literature remains a vibrant presence in popular culture by fostering digital innovation, supporting writers, building community, and broadening the audience for literary fiction, with the belief that the transformative experience of reading literary fiction fosters empathy and explores the human condition like no other art form. Electric Literature works to achieve this mission through events, special projects, and the publication of three websites:, Electric Literature’s daily website of literature and culture, featuring author interviews, book reviews, literary infographics, publishing industry news, and essays from international writers; Recommended Reading (, a magazine that publishes one story a week, for free, featuring original fiction curated by Electric Literature, as well as personal recommendations from top writers and editors; and Okey-Panky (, the newest free weekly magazine by Electric Literature, publishing poetry and graphic narrative as well as fiction. Since 2009, Electric Literature has supported hundreds of writers, brought awareness to dozens of small presses, and grown the audience for literary fiction with a monthly readership of more than 800,000.

The mission of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs ( is to foster literary talent and achievement, to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing. AWP was founded in 1967, and today serves over 30,000 writers through its publications, its services for writers, and its annual conference and bookfair. AWP's Award Series reflects the organization's commitment to the development of new works and emerging literary voices; prizes include a cash award and a publication contract for authors of works in four categories. Amazon is proud to support the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry and the Grace Paley Award for Short Fiction, and looks forward to great new works from the AWP's prizewinners and members.

PEN American Center ( is an association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship. PEN programs fight censorship and defend imprisoned and persecuted writers around the world in the belief that freedom of expression is an essential component of every healthy society. PEN programs also promote a love of reading, develop writing talent, and work to increase publication of literature in translation. Amazon currently provides funding for the Center's Translation Fund to support the translation of books into the English language and promote the work of American translators through public forums, awards, and the annual World in Translation Month celebration each May. The Committee also works to uphold the rights of translators by appealing on behalf of those who are censored or persecuted, in addition to monitoring the publishing industry and media to ensure that translators are given full and public credit for their work. Amazon shares PEN's commitment to ensuring the availability of these great international works to readers everywhere.

Copper Canyon Press ( is an independent, nonprofit publisher that believes poetry is vital to language and living. Since 1972, the Press has established an international reputation for editorial acumen, commitment to authors, and dedication to readers who share their conviction that a good poem invigorates the language and sharpens our appreciation of the world. Copper Canyon publishes new collections of poetry by both revered and emerging American poets, translations from many of the world's languages, anthologies, prose books about poetry, and reissues of out-of-print poetry classics. Since 2005, Copper Canyon titles have won a range of major literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize, and its catalog includes works by Nobel laureates Pablo Neruda, Odysseas Elytis, Octavio Paz, Vicente Aleixandre, and Rabindranath Tagore. Amazon's support of Copper Canyon reflects our shared commitment to ensuring the availability of great books.

The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses ( serves one of the most active segments of American arts and culture: the independent publishers of exceptional fiction, poetry and prose. Literary magazines and presses accomplish the backstage work of American literature: discovering new writers; supporting mid-career writers; publishing the creative voices of communities underrepresented in the mainstream commercial culture; and preserving literature for future readers by keeping books in print. Among its many initiatives is the annual Literary Writers Conference in New York City (LWC}NYC), which draws upon the City's concentration of publishing professionals and literary organizations to educate emerging authors about the publishing marketplace. These rising talents learn how to effectively collaborate with agents, editors, publishers, publicity and marketing professionals to promote their own work, engage fully with the community, craft a successful career, and ensure that their books reach the largest possible audience. Amazon is proud to support CLMP's efforts to provide these authors with the tools and information necessary to navigate the long and arduous road between their completed manuscript and its potential readers.

Humanities Washington ( is dedicated to improving life for individuals and their communities through interdisciplinary cultural and education programs that nurture creativity, promote dialogue and spark critical thinking. Humanities Washington serves more than two million people in rural and urban communities across the state with programs like Bedtime Stories, an evening of food, wine and words featuring new work by Northwest authors on the evening's unique theme and then read aloud to the audience; Motheread, a family literacy program; Inquiring Mind, a speakers' bureau featuring dynamic presenters on topics ranging from local history to international politics; an Exhibits program which brings Smithsonian exhibitions to small museums; and grants to support grassroots humanities projects in Washington State. Amazon is pleased to join Humanities Washington's commitment to generating great new works by supporting Bedtime Stories.

Launched by the weblog Three Percent in 2007, and sponsored by the University of Rochester and Open Letter Books, the Best Translated Book Awards ( are awarded annually to the best original works of international fiction and poetry published in the U.S. during the previous year. The only prize of its kind in the United States, the BTBAs seek to bring attention to the publishers and translators who are working to ensure American access to literary work from around the world. Amazon shares BTBA's commitment to bringing great works from around the world to English-language readers.

The Loft Literary Center (, one of the country's largest and most comprehensive independent literary centers, supports the artistic development of writers, fosters a writing community, and builds an audience for literature. Now in its 35th year, Loft programs include more than 300 creative writing classes for writers at all levels of development; dozens of readings and spoken word events annually featuring established and emerging writers; fellowships, mentorships, and career advancement grants; Web-based resources; writers' studios; and a book club room. With Amazon's support, the Loft's website serves as a resource for writers nationwide with weekly original articles on craft and the writing life in A View From the Loft; a listing of local and national writing groups; information on contests, grants, and calls for submissions; and links to agents, other literary centers, and publishers.

NY Writers Coalition (NYWC) ( is one of the largest community-based writing organizations in the country, is dedicated to expanding the notion of who can be a writer, connecting previously discounted people with the power of their own words and stories. Each year, it provides more than 1,000 free creative writing workshops throughout New York City to people not heard from enough in our society: at-risk and disconnected youth, the homeless and formerly homeless, the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated, war veterans, people with disabilities, cancer and major illness, immigrants, seniors and many others. NYWC also publishes the work of its workshop members, holds numerous public readings, and co-sponsors the Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival, which presents some of New York City's most talented young writers reading alongside literary luminaries – past readers include Jhumpa Lahiri, Colson Whitehead, and Sapphire. Amazon's support of the Festival and NYWC's Youth Writers Program helps enable hundreds of at-risk and economically disadvantaged youth to join our next generation of authors through NYWC's innovative and inspiring programs.

Words Without Borders ( fosters cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of the world’s finest literature. Through its free, online magazine, readers of English can access more than 2,000 pieces of writing by exciting literary voices from 130 countries, translated from 110 languages. The magazine's new education program, WWB Campus (, introduces high school and college students to eye-opening international writing. Through its longstanding support of WWB, the Amazon Literary Partnership is proud to help international writers reach readers of English around the world and engage young people in the classroom.

Founded in December 2001, Write Girl ( is a creative writing program that pairs at-risk teen girls with professional women writers for one-on-one mentoring, workshops, readings and publications. WriteGirl promotes creativity, critical thinking and leadership skills to empower teen girls and provide them with the tools they need to build productive lives. For the ninth year in a row, 100% of teens participating in the Core Mentoring WriteGirl Program have graduated from high school and enrolled in college – a remarkable statistic in a region where the dropout rate is over 50%. At the end of each nine-month season, WriteGirl publishes, with support from Amazon, an anthology of creative writing from all members, giving these emerging teen authors the opportunity to showcase their work alongside their mentors. Collectively, WriteGirl's anthologies have won more than 25 national and international book awards and received highly favorable reviews from educational book critics at esteemed publications such as School Library Journal, ForeWord Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), Kirkus Review and the Los Angeles Times Book Review. Amazon is proud to support WriteGirl's efforts to nurture and develop new voices.

Archipelago ( is a not-for-profit literary press committed to bringing vital works of international fiction and poetry to the American public, with titles translated from more than twenty languages from all corners of the world (Siberia, France, Brazil, Croatia, Korea, Argentina, Poland, Turkey, Lebanon, among other countries). Their books have been praised in The New York Times, L.A. Times, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, Bookforum, and elsewhere. In 2008, Archipelago received the Association of American Publishers' prestigious Miriam Bass Award for creativity and excellence in independent publishing and its titles have won numerous awards and honors, including the 2008 Best Translated Book Award for Attila Bartis' Tranquility and the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Prize for David Colmer's translation of Gerbrand Bakker's The Twin. Amazon shares Archipelago's mission to bring great foreign language works to an English-reading audience.

Artist Trust ( is dedicated to supporting Washington State authors and other artists by providing direct financial assistance and professional resources. Thousands of accomplished and emerging artists benefit each year from the organization's myriad programs, ranging from peer-judged awards to fellowships, residencies, and professional skills training courses. Fellowships in writing and other disciplines recognize creators with unique vision, outstanding talent, and a record of artistic achievement, and require recipients to create and present their work to the community. In addition to funding direct grants for authors, Amazon underwrites "EDGE for Writers," a groundbreaking,comprehensive educational program that provides authors with the professional skills necessary to make a living through their creative output. Writers receive training in a variety of areas, including financial management, marketing, publishing, grant preparation, copyright, and other legal issues, as well as coaching in performance and presentation skills. The EDGE program helps create self-sufficient and professionally empowered writers and artists capable of making a business of their craft. Amazon is proud to support Artist Trust and its efforts to ensure that writers and other artists in the Washington State creative community have the means to continue creating great works.

Bellevue Literary Press ( is devoted to publishing literary fiction and nonfiction at the intersection of the arts and sciences because they believe that science and the humanities are natural companions for understanding the human experience. A two-time finalist for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Small Press Publishing Award, Bellevue Literary Press (BLP) published its first titles in 2007, and since then their books have been awarded major literary prizes and distinctions, including the Pulitzer Prize, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Chautauqua Prize, Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, and a National Book Award finalist nomination. Amazon proudly supports BLP’s goal of fostering a rich, interdisciplinary dialogue that will forge new tools for thinking and engaging with the world.

The Kenyon Review ( is a non-profit literary magazine and arts organization committed to producing publications and events that strengthen and nurture our literary culture. Since 2008, The Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest for writers thirty and under has sought to identify emerging writers of abundant talent. Dovetailing the intent of the contest with The Kenyon Review's mission to the keep the flame of literature alive, the winning story is published annually in the winter issue of The Kenyon Review, and the author receives a tuition scholarship to the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. The contest age limit seeks to engage writers traditionally underrepresented in major print publications. Participants submit short form literary fiction under twelve hundred words during the contest reading period in February. Judges have included such prominent writers as Ron Carlson, Louise Erdrich, Richard Ford, and Alice Hoffman. Amazon shares The Kenyon Review's commitment to identifying and nurturing emerging voices, particularly in short fiction, and is proud to support its annual Short Fiction Contest.

The Center for the Art of Translation ( promotes world literature and translation through publishing, teaching, and public events. With anthologies from more than fifty languages, events throughout the year that connect readers with international authors and translators, and education programs that teach young people to love literature, languages, and translation, the Center opens the door to critical conversations between cultures. Its flagship anthology series, Two Lines World Writing in Translation, published annually since 1994, has featured the work of Nobel laureates, award-winning translators, and others. Lit and Lunch, the Center's monthly series of literary readings, has featured figures such as Robert Hass, Natasha Wimmer, and Edith Grossman. Its in-school education program, Poetry Inside Out, has taught thousands of students to appreciate and understand poetry through an innovative curriculum in which they practice literary translation. Amazon is proud to support the Center's commitment to discovering, developing and sharing new voices through Two Lines and Poetry Inside Out.

Founded in 1974, Centrum's ( literary programming, including the Port Townsend Writers' Conference, is at the heart of the thriving Pacific Northwest literary scene, serving as a community for writers, editors, thinkers, translators, and ardent readers. Centrum presents workshops, readings, craft lectures, and residencies in many languages, literary styles, and locations in Washington State, and helps to facilitate the literary development and dialogue of nascent, emerging, and established writers, readers, editors, translators, and audience members. Centrum workshops and conferences are egalitarian, non-hierarchical writers' conferences where the emphasis is on nurturing the craft of literary writing and providing writers with a year-round literary community. The Centrum model is one of immersion in the writing life, in which nationally ranked writers come to work with ardent writing students. Amazon shares Centrum's dedication to developing new authors and new works, and is proud to support the Port Townsend Writers' Conference.

The Clarion West Writers Workshop ( has been helping new writers prepare for professional careers in the field of speculative fiction for over 25 years. Its annual workshop is a six-week, highly intensive, live-in experience that gives new writers an opportunity to focus on the quality of their work. Eighteen writers, chosen competitively, work closely with their peers and with six instructors (each a significant professional author or editor) to improve their writing. It is often a transformative experience for the individual writer. Amazon's support for the program recognizes the excellent work that Clarion West has done over its history, and looks forward to work from the many writers it has nurtured.

Created in 1992, Writers Omi at Ledig House (, a part of the OMI International Arts Center, has hosted hundreds of writers and translators from roughly 50 countries around the world. Named after the German publisher Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt, whose publishing list included prominent writers from around the world, the organization's international emphasis reflects the spirit of cultural exchange that is part of Ledig's enduring legacy. During the Program, which runs twice a year during the spring and fall, up to 10 writers and translators at a time live and write on the 400-acre grounds and sculpture park that overlooks the Catskill Mountain for residencies lasting from two weeks to two months. During each session, several guests from the New York publishing community are invited for dinner and discussion, and the residents participate in several public events throughout the state of New York. Amazon is proud to support the work of Ledig House.

Founded in Minneapolis in 1979, Milkweed Editions ( is one of the nation's most accomplished independent, nonprofit book publishers. With more than two hundred titles in print and more than a million copies of its books in circulation, Milkweed publishes with the intention of making a humane impact on society, in the belief that literature is a transformative art. As an essential outgrowth of its mission, Milkweed also operates the Alliance for Reading, which brings authors and literacy programming to public schools in the Twin Cities. Amazon is proud to support Milkweed's commitment to publishing and distributing great works and great authors.

Hailed as "New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket" by the Wall Street Journal, The Moth ( is dedicated to the art of storytelling. Since 1997, The Moth has been helping people create and tell well-crafted narratives from real life. One goal of The Moth is to present the finest storytellers among established and emerging writers; another is to encourage storytelling among people whose stories often go unheard. Amazon is proud to support The Moth Mainstage, a series of shows in New York and across the country, each with a new theme and a new set of storytellers. Every show features headlining writers and artists who are leaders in their fields, alongside emerging writers and other unique voices, with all stories directed by The Moth. Notable storytellers have included Adam Gopnik, Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie, Sarah Jones and Sam Shepard, as well as a retired pickpocket, a voodoo priestess, an astronaut, and many more. Amazon is proud to support The Moth and its efforts to nurture new talent and preserve and extend the oral storytelling tradition.

In an entertaining, jubilant, sometimes raucous, but never-before- attempted writing marathon, 36 Northwest authors completed a novel in just six days at Seattle's legendary Richard Hugo House. A live and virtual audience watched as the likes of Garth Stein, Susan Wiggs, Jamie Ford, Elizabeth George, Kevin O'Brien, Jennie Shortridge, Erik Larson (and more) took their turns at the keyboard, writing a total of 72,000 words, which will be edited and published by Open Road Integrated Media in May 2011. More importantly, the event raised substantial proceeds for Northwest literacy programs in the community through auctions for naming rights, T-shirt sales, and donations. The Novel: Live ( was the brainchild of Garth Stein, Jennie Shortridge, and Seattle7Writers (, a non-profit collective of Northwest authors whose two-fold mission is to bring awareness to Northwest literature and to raise money for literacy. Amazon is proud to support The Novel: Live and other good works from the Seattle7Writers.

One Story ( is an independent, nonprofit literary magazine that celebrates the short story by publishing and supporting the best practitioners of the form. Every month, One Story sends a single short story to subscribers' mailboxes or digital reading devices. Founded in 2002, One Story has since established itself as one of the top literary magazines in the country: Over half of the stories published have been recognized as among their year's best by various anthologies and awards such as Best American Short Stories and The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. One Story prides itself in assisting writers at every stage of their careers, by hosting workshops for emerging writers, providing mentorship to authors, and promoting their books via readings, book groups, and schools. As The New York Times noted: "At a time when literary writing seems like a dying art, here lies a spot of hope. It is called One Story." Amazon is proud to support One Story's commitment to the short story and the terrific authors who create them.

Open Letter ( University of Rochester's nonprofit, literary translation press-is one of only a handful of publishing houses dedicated to increasing access to world literature for English readers. Publishing ten titles in translation each year, Open Letter searches for works that are extraordinary and influential, works that will become the classics of tomorrow. Making world literature available in English is crucial to opening our cultural borders, and its availability plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy and vibrant book culture. Open Letter strives to cultivate an audience for these works by helping readers discover imaginative, stunning works of fiction and by creating a constellation of international writing that is engaging, stimulating, and enduring. In addition, Open Letter runs the popular literary weblog Three Percent ( and works closely with the University of Rochester's educational programming in literary translation studies. Amazon shares Open Letter's commitment to expanding access to great international authors and works, and is proud to support its publishing program.

Shared Worlds ( is a unique summer camp for teens (rising eighth through twelfth graders) from all over the country that uses an innovative approach to writing fiction and realizing full creative potential, in a safe and structured environment. During the first week, the students build SF or Fantasy worlds in groups, aided by Wofford faculty who provide useful information in areas like government, biology, and cartography. In the second week, the students fine-tune their worlds and write stories set there, receiving professional feedback from award-winning authors. Participants in this "teen think tank" also learn problem-solving and team-building skills useful for any career. Visiting writers at Shared Worlds have included NYT bestseller Holly Black, World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer, Hugo Award-winning editor Ann VanderMeer, NYT bestseller Tobias Buckell, White Wolf game developer Will Hindmarch, and critically acclaimed YA author Kathe Koja. Writers such as Ursula K. Le Guin, China Mieville, Nnedi Okorafor and Michael Moorcock have contributed to various subsidiary efforts for the camp. Extensive media coverage for Shared Worlds has appeared in the Guardian, the Washington Post book blog, and many others.

The Genius Awards ( celebrate and highlight local artists in literature and other creative disciplines. Every fall since 2003, The Stranger has given a check for $5,000 and an obscene amount of attention to these local creative geniuses. Also, cake-winners are notified via cake. The awards celebrate the artists' achievement and promise, support their livelihoods and allow them to create and nurture their work. Artists are free to use these funds to buy materials, fund a specific project or to help obtain basic necessities that many working artists often go without, like health insurance. The Stranger builds a special issue around the grant recipients, and produces a showcase event for grant recipients' works that is open to the public. Amazon is excited and proud to support The Stranger's literary genius award.

Founded in 1967 as one of the first writers-in-the-schools (WITS) programs, Teachers and Writers Collaborative (TandW) ( seeks to educate the imagination by offering innovative creative writing programs for students and teachers. TandW also publishes resources on the teaching of writing, including the award-winning Teachers and Writers magazine. TandW provides WITS programs for young people in grades K-12 at schools throughout the New York City area. TandW programs are led by professional writers who guide students through all stages of the writing process, teach them to understand and appreciate literary traditions, and inspire them to actively participate in literature as readers and as writers. Every year, TandW publishes dozens of anthologies featuring creative writing by students. Additionally, TandW programs-including professional development workshops-give educators new instructional models for teaching writing and provide an opportunity for writers to earn financial support for meaningful work related to their artistic pursuits. Amazon shares TandW's commitment to nurturing talent for tomorrow while supporting writers today.

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The LA Review of Books (

Literacy Bridge (

The Macondo Foundation (

Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program (

Pen Faulkner Foundation (

Seattle Town Hall (

Small Press Distribution (

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) (

The Stanford Professional Publishing Course (

Voice of Witness (

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