Table 4 Writers Foundation: Annual Writers’ Grants

Elaine Kaufman

Elaine Kaufman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’re a New York City resident — 21 and older — and an aspiring writer, consider applying for a new grant announced this week by The Table 4 Writers Foundation. The Foundation was formed in honor of legendary restaurateur Elaine Kaufman.

The Foundation will give several grants of $2,000 (or gifts in kind of up to $2,000) to promising writers as part of an annual competition.

Grants will be announced at a gala to be held in February 2013, marking what would have been Kaufman’s 84th birthday. Kaufman, known for nurturing writers and other creative people, died in December 2010 after running the world-famous Elaine’s restaurant on the Upper East Side for more than 47 years.

“What we want to do is reach writers who are struggling in their careers,’’ said Jenine Lepera Izzi, the foundation’s chairwoman. “Maybe it takes the place of a few months of part time work,’’ she said. “Maybe it pays a portion of their rent.’’ The goal is to give the writers time to focus on their work, and possibly allow them to do a little networking through the foundation.

Rules and application forms for the grants, which will include both fiction and nonfiction writing, are available at

All entries must be postmarked by Oct. 15, 2012. 


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