Applying for help

You are eligible to apply for help from the RLF if you have had several works published in the UK for a general readership, without publication being subsidised by you or others, and are suffering financial hardship. Self-published authors are not eligible.

The application form requests details of all income and expenditure and applicants are requested to send copies of published work with the completed applications form. A member of staff will arrange to meet applicants at their homes to discuss their application and their circumstances.

The RLF committee must pass applicants for literary merit before they can be considered for an award. The committee meets eleven times a year to consider applications. A decision on literary merit and on the award of a grant/pension is made at the same meeting, and the applicant is informed of the result straightaway.

If you would like an application form please contact Eileen Gunn and provide a list of your publications including names of publishers, dates, and whether sole author. Please also get in touch with Eileen if you have any queries about the application process.

Eileen Gunn

Eileen Gunn



020 7353 7159


Eileen Gunn
Chief Executive
Royal Literary Fund
3 Johnson’s Court
off Fleet Street
London EC4A 3EA

Eligibility and scope

  • You are eligible to apply for financial assistance if you have published several works.
  • Self-published works are not counted.
  • Books stemming from a parallel career as an academic or practitioner are not eligible.

The RLF is not able to provide loans, or grants for projects, work in progress or publication costs.