We are pleased to announce that The Common has been selected as a 2022 Literary Magazine Fund Grant Recipient, awarded by the Amazon Literary Partnership Literary Magazine Fund in conjunction with the Community of Literary Magazines & Presses. Since 2017, funding from the Amazon Literary Partnership has helped further The Common’s mission of publishing and promoting emerging and diverse authors who deepen our individual and collective sense of place.
“We are honored to receive the support of the Amazon Literary Partnership,” said The Common editor in chief Jennifer Acker. “These funds allow us to continue paying our authors a competitive rate, one of our founding commitments, and to support them throughout the entire publication process.”
With this $7,500 grant, The Common plans to expand its series of portfolios spotlighting fiction from around the world—in particular, emerging writers and international communities historically underrepresented in US literary publishing. The Amazon Literary Partnership has funded past portfolios of translated Arabic fiction, featuring writers from Sudan (Issue 19), Morocco (Issue 21), and the Arabian Gulf (Issue 22), and will continue to do so with The Common’s forthcoming portfolio of stories from Kuwait in spring 2023.
“Since its inception in 2009, the mission of the Amazon Literary Partnership has been to support organizations that are vital to sustaining the literary culture of communities and to connect writers with their readers,” said Al Woodworth, Manager of the Amazon Literary Partnership. “There are so many vibrant literary magazines publishing today, and we’re thrilled to work with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses on the Literary Magazine Fund to help fund this field. We thank CLMP and this year’s grant recipients for publishing such incredible work and sharing writers’ words with readers around the world.”
The Amazon Literary Partnership has provided more than $13 million in grant funding to more than 175 literary organizations, assisting many thousands of writers. Among the organizations Amazon has supported over the years include the National Book Foundation, Cave Canem, PEN America, and Poets & Writers. Through Amazon’s annual grants, Amazon supports literary centers, writing workshops, residencies, fellowships, literary magazines, independent publishers, and poetry and translation programs. In 2019, the Amazon Literary Partnership worked with the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses to establish a new Literary Magazine Fund, and The Common was one of only 15 magazines awarded a grant from the Fund in its inaugural year.
About The Common
The Common is an award-winning print and digital literary journal. The nonprofit magazine is based at Amherst College in Massachusetts. Since its debut in 2011, The Common has published nearly 1900 authors from 53 countries. Pieces from The Common have been awarded the O. Henry Prize, the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Award, The Pushcart Prize, and have been selections and notable mentions in multiple genres in the Best American series. The journal’s editorial vision and design have been praised in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, Slate, The Millions, Orion Magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Visit www.thecommononline.org.
About The Amazon Literary Partnership
Since 2009, the Amazon Literary Partnership has provided more than $16 million in grant funding to more than 150 literary organizations, assisting many thousands of writers. Among the organizations we have supported over the years include the Academy of American Poets, Asian American Writers Workshop, National Book Foundation, Cave Canem, PEN America, Poets & Writers, Girls Write Now, Lambda Literary, Loft Literary Center, National Novel Writing Month, Words Without Borders, Yaddo, and many more. This year, Amazon Literary Partnership awarded 74 grants. Through our annual grants, we support literary centers, writing workshops, residencies, fellowships, literary magazines, independent publishers, poetry and translation programs. Writers supported by some of these organizations have gone on to become best-selling and award-winning authors and poets. To learn more about the Amazon Literary Partnership, please visit www.amazonliterarypartnership.com.
CLMP ensures a vibrant, diverse literary landscape by helping mission-driven independent literary magazines and presses thrive. We provide publishers with funding and technical assistance; facilitate peer-to-peer learning and group action; serve as a dependable, essential hub for best practices, resources, and nurturing community support; and build bridges to connect publishers with other groups of literary stakeholders, including readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, educators, presenting organizations, and funders. To learn more about CLMP, visit www.clmp.org.