The G&LR‘s Writers and Artists Grant

The Gay & Lesbian Review / Worldwide (The G&LR) is a bimonthly magazine of history, culture, and politics that publishes essays in a wide range of disciplines as well as reviews of books, movies, and plays for an educated readership of LGBT people, and their allies. The G&LR’s mission is to promote equal rights and equality for all sexual and gender minorities, advance the intellectual life of LGBTQ+ people, and educate a broader public on LGBTQ+ topics.

Grant Overview: The Gay & Lesbian Review / Worldwide, with the generous support of the Leonard-Litz Foundation, has created a writers and artists grant program to cultivate a diverse pool of writers for The G&LR to bring new perspectives, ideas, and voices to the magazine and to encourage and support emerging and unpublished  LGBTQ+ writers, thinkers, scholars, and artists. We are currently accepting proposals from graduate students across disciplines and fields that make a contribution to LGBTQ+ scholarship or the arts.

Amount: Up to $7,500

Deadline: The application deadline is 11:59 PM EST on February 23, 2024—all required materials must be received by this time. 

Eligibility: Students who are enrolled in an accredited graduate school program whose proposed project makes a contribution to LGBTQ+ scholarship or the arts are eligible to apply. Multi-author applications and international applicants are welcome. The grant(s) will be awarded to scholars, writers, and artists to provide funding to write one or more articles for The G&LR and to begin, complete, or advance LGBTQ+ related writing and other creative projects, such as a research paper or thesis, book, podcast, video, screenplay, multimedia creation, and/or an art installation. Proposals that incorporate discussion of race, gender, and class, disability, or other similar topics are of particular interest.

We believe that the most marginalized people in society — including people of color, people from working class backgrounds, women and LGBTQ+ people must be centered in the essays we publish. Hence, we strongly encourage people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities to apply.

Deliverables: The recipient(s) is/are required to write one article for The G&LR about their work with a general audience in mind and with the editor’s guidance. A description should be provided on how the grant will help begin, advance, or complete their larger project, along with a timeline for its completion. The G&LR holds the right to post videos, podcasts, excerpts of novels, scripts, research papers and other appropriate materials related to the project on its website.

Submission Guidelines:

Applications must include the following:

  1. A description of the project addressing its impact and potential contribution to LGBTQ+ scholarship or the arts, and the proposed article to be published in The G&LR, demonstrating accessibility to a nonacademic, general audience (750 words).
  2. A brief biographical sketch that describes your credentials in completing this work and how this project fits within your broader research agenda (250 words max per applicant). 
  3. A CV or resume (3 page max per applicant). Highlight experience writing for broader publics and nonacademic audiences. You may include a link to a portfolio of artistic work.
  4. A budget and budget narrative that shows a breakdown of how funds will be used such as travel, internet costs, equipment and supplies, etc.
  5. An anticipated timeline for deliverables. 
  6. A list of other funding sources including scholarships and/or grants that currently support your research or artistic endeavors. 
  7. A letter of verification from your university’s Office of the Registrar confirming your status as a graduate student.
  8. One letter of recommendation from a faculty member who can speak to your ability to carry out this project. Letter must be sent directly from the recommender to Grants Administrator via email.

Please submit all materials via email to Grants Administrator, Quinn Tahon. All files should include your name at the top, use Times New Roman 12pt font, and be uploaded as PDFs.

Review Criteria:  A subcommittee of The G&LR’s Board of Directors, including the editor, will review the applications and choose the recipient(s). Proposals written in clear language and with realistic and cost-efficient budgets, are more likely to be funded. Please avoid jargon and technical language as applications will be viewed by people from various fields.

Notification: Recipients will be notified by email in March and must sign a contract agreeing to the basic conditions and deadlines. 

For further information or questions about the application process please contact The G&LR Grants Administrator, Quinn Tahon, at quinn.tahon@glreview.org.