Welcome to the application for the 2022 cycle of the Whiting Literary Magazine Prizes for print and digital publications. Complete details on the program are available on our website. Please thoroughly review the eligibility criteria and the application itself before beginning. Applicants must be based in the US; have published at least annually for at least the last three years (i.e. at least once in 2019, 2020, and 2021); be a federally-recognized nonprofit classified as a public charity (or fiscally sponsored by one; note that public universities and nonprofit private universities are eligible fiscal sponsors); and have an annual budget of no more than $500,000 to be considered eligible. Note that while magazines with annual budgets under $500,000 operating under a larger, non-publishing parent organization such as a university are eligible, magazines operating under a publishing organization (e.g., a family of connected magazines or literary websites) with a budget over $500,000 are not considered eligible, even if the individual magazine has a budget under the cap. These prizes are intended to support magazines that publish writing for adult readers; magazines written for children or young adult audiences are not eligible.

The selection process involves two rounds of review. Initial short-form applications must be submitted through this portal by 11:59pm ET on Wednesday, December 1, 2021. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

Applicants will be notified of the results of this first round in spring 2022. Those advancing will be invited to submit expanded final-round applications. In recognition of the time and resources it takes to complete the final-round application, magazines selected as finalists will each receive a $250 honorarium. A public announcement of the winners will be made in summer 2022.

This application is intended to invite you to showcase your sensibility and your passions, particularly in the essay questions. We encourage you not to use grant-application language, but to let the ethos of your publication shine through. The range of questions are posed to help reviewers form a rich picture of your organization and how it benefits writers and readers.  Since the prizes are designed to help magazines achieve their ambitions for the near- to medium-term in a robust and sustainable way, please give careful attention to the vision and sustainability statement about your organization's future. Feel free to highlight challenges you want to address as well as successes to celebrate.

Reviewers will consist of diverse experts in the field drawn from all over the country, who will serve anonymously to shield them from any external pressures. In the first round reviewers will consider the following criteria:

  • Publishing extraordinary writing with verve and flair
  • Supporting talented writers on the page and in the world
  • Vision for the future and sustainability

The Foundation will host four online information sessions to answer questions and offer guidance on applying for these prizes. These sessions will take place on Thurs, Sept 23, Tues, Oct 12, Weds, Nov 3, and Mon, Nov 15, all at 2pm ET. Links to register for each session are on our website.

If, after reviewing the application and the guidelines on our website, you have additional questions, please contact us at litmags@whiting.org.