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

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

The RLF Committee has to pass applicants for literary merit before they are eligible for help. The committee meets eleven times a year to consider applications. A decision on literary merit and on the award of a grant is made at the same meeting; the applicant is informed straightaway.

If you would like an application form please contact Justine Palmer and provide a list of your publications including names of publishers, dates, and whether sole author; please also state if you have applied previously.

Please also get in touch with Justine if you have any queries about the application process.



020 7353 7159


Justine Palmer
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.

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