Award for Creative Writing and Community Service


About the Awards

The TallMountain awards for creative writing and community service are distributed periodically to low-income writers who display artistic merit and who contribute to the development of their communities. Preference is given to Native Americans, homeless persons and residents of the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. We accept applications directly and also welcome nominations submitted by persons other than the proposed awardee.

The TallMountain Circle will also consider applications from groups or orgainizations for projects which serve low-income and emerging writers. Final decisions on awards are made by the Advisory Committee: Jess Clarke, Kitty Costello, Kim Shuck, and other writers selected by the committee.

When to apply
The next deadline for applications is March 15, 2024.

Grant Awards
Typical grant awards range from $100 to $500 depending on the availability of resources and the number of awards granted.

How to Apply
Print out and then fill out the application/nomination form below and send it via POSTAL MAIL ONLY, along with samples of writing or other relevant documentation to the TallMountain Circle. P.O. Box 423115, San Francisco, CA 94142. Writing samples should be 5 – 15 pages in length, typed and double spaced. For group proposals, submit an organizational description and project proposal. Questions about application procedures should be directed to the same address.



Organization (if applicable):



Date of Birth:

Ethnic Background:

Preference is given to low-income writers, particularly from San Francisco’s Tenderloin District and Native American communities. Please describe how you or your group/project meet these criteria:

Please describe your background in writing and community service.

How would the grant award be used to further your writing or project.

Please enclose a writing sample of 5 – 15 pages. Published or unpublished poetry, fiction and essays are welcome. MAIL TO: TallMountain Circle. P.O. Box 423115, San Francisco, CA 94142.