Welcome to the Royal Literary Fund

The Royal Literary Fund is a British benevolent fund for professional published authors in financial difficulties.

The RLF has been continuously helping authors since it was set up in 1790. It is funded by bequests and donations from writers who wish to help other writers. Its committee members come from all walks of literary life and include novelists, biographers, poets, publishers, lawyers and agents.

Help is given to writers in many different situations where personal or professional setbacks have resulted in loss of income. Pensions are considered for older writers who have seen their earnings decrease. The RLF helped over 200 authors last year. For information on applying for assistance, please click on the tab above.

The RLF also runs a Fellowship scheme for writers in partnership with British universities and colleges. Writers are appointed as Fellows based on their literary merit and aptitude for the role, and irrespective of their financial circumstances.

A brief account of the Royal Literary Fund can be found in

A Short History of the RLF.

The Archive of the Fund is deposited on loan at the British Library, where older material is availabe for research use. Further information is available at

RLF Archive.


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