Literary New York State (LitNYS)


New York state nonprofit literary organizations gain access to professional development and capacity building opportunities through special LitNYS funding opportunities.  When available, these opportunities will be listed here, and distributed by email to the field.  The contact is LitNYS Founding Director Debora Ott,

Since its inception in 2013, the Advancement Program has provided high-impact re-grants literary organizations that produce excellent work and need help to sustain and build their capacities as institutions. The new Peer-Mentoring component, piloted at 2015 Facing Pages, is the next phase of Advancement work. It provides organizations with additional support to sustain their gains long-term, and creates and strengthens a culture of continuity and leadership in the field in a conscious way.

New opportunities will be posted here and distributed to the field as they become available.

Doctor’s Hours

As part of the LitNYS’s technical assistance program, organizations may consult with LitNYS Founding Director Debora Ott on your issues of organizational capacity, such as program development, collaborations, board development, and planning.  She will work directly with you or put you in contact with a consultant who can offer valuable assistance. You can reach Debora by sending your message to

LitNYS and the Advancement Regrant Program are made possible with lead support from New York State Council on the Arts.