Authors 'desperately' need funds as hundreds apply for SoA hardship grants

Authors 'desperately' need funds as hundreds apply for SoA hardship grants

The Society of Authors says writers still “desperately” need funds to cover the pandemic's impact on their income, with 1,170 applying for hardship grants in 2020 and another 250 submitting applications so far this year.

Originally set up in 1963, the Author Contingency Fund has grown over the years through donations from authors and the Society of Authors' supporters. The hardship grants are intended to cover a range of purposes, including assisting with lost income, covering illness, paying for training courses and helping with one-off expenses.

The society revamped the fund during the ...

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