PEN Center USA hopes to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter to help increase funding for its literary fellowship Emerging Voices.
The organization will use the money to help increase its general operating budget and pay for the cost of books, event space rentals, transportation and printing costs.
The fellowship has been around since 1995 and has supported 119 authors. Here is more about the organization from the Kickstarter page:
PEN Center USA initiated Emerging Voices as a literary mentorship program designed to launch potential professional writers from minority, immigrant, and other underrepresented communities. The program has now evolved into an eight-month writing fellowship for writers who lack access to a traditional writing education for those who seek financial and creative support.