October 7, 2022

FIYAH Literary Magazine Grant 2022 for Black Writers

Deadline: May 15, 2022

Applications are invited for the FIYAH Literary Magazine Grant 2022 for Black Writers. The Literary Magazine FIYAH Grant Series is intended to help black writers of speculative fiction with the costs associated with honing their craft.

Grants available include:

  • The rest subsidy: The FIYAH Rest Grant is for activists and organizers who have previously worked on behalf of the SFF community, but need a break or time to re-engage with their personal projects. Application materials include a 1-2 page personal statement about work history or current projects on behalf of an inclusive SFF space.
  • Emergency Grant (2x $500): This is a need-based grant to help SFF Black writers in emergency financial circumstances that may interfere with their ability to write. Emergency circumstances may include, but are not limited to, threat of expulsion, payment of school fees, compromised or destroyed equipment, injury, travel to care for family in times of crisis , or disaster or medical aid. The emergency grant is awarded every two years, once in March and once in October. Application requirements include a one-page statement detailing the nature of the urgent need for funds and the intent for its use.
  • Scholarship : This grant is to be used to cover costs associated with attending workshops, retreats, or research for a writing project. Application requirements include proof of acceptance to a workshop or retreat (if applicable), a one-page description of the work requiring research, and a 3,000-word writing sample.
  • Craft Grant: This grant is awarded based on a WIP sample or project proposal submitted by a writer, with the intent of assisting in the completion of the project. Application requirements include a 5,000-word writing sample, a one-page proposal or synopsis of the project in question, and an introductory document detailing your goals for the project when completed.
  • Editorial grant: The FIYAH Editorial Fellowship is intended to be a stipend for Black editors who have been accepted for an unpaid editorial internship or fellowship with a publishing house or literary agency in 2022-23. Application requirements include a personal statement detailing your editorial experience (or lack thereof) as well as your goal for your professional development and career as a publisher, agent or other industry professional. A detailed review of an SFF novel or short story that you have read within the past 12 months is also required.


  • The series includes three grants of $1,000 to be distributed each year based on a set of submission requirements. All grants, except the Emergency Grant, will be issued and awarded on Juneteenth each year. The emergency grant will be awarded twice a year in amounts of $500.


Applicants for a FIYAH grant must:

  • Be 18 years old on June 19 of the year of application;
  • Be a speculative fiction writer. Speculative fiction is an umbrella term for fantasy, science fiction, horror, magical realism, and their associated subgenres.

FIYAH grants, like their other submissions, are open to black people in the African Diaspora. This definition is globally inclusive (Black everywhere) and applies equally to mixed/biracial and Afro-pendent people, regardless of their gender identity or orientation.


Click on the grant you wish to apply for:

For more information, visit FIYAH grant.