If you're a professional writer and you need financial support to keep writing, the Royal Literary Fund could help.

You are eligible to apply for help from the RLF if you have commercially published several works in the UK for a general readership and are suffering financial hardship.

The application form requests details of all income and expenditure and applicants are requested to send copies of published work with the completed applications form. A member of staff will arrange to meet applicants at their homes to discuss their application and their circumstances.

The RLF committee must pass applicants for literary merit before they can be considered for an award. The committee meets eleven times a year to consider applications. A decision on literary merit and on the award of a grant/pension is made at the same meeting, and the applicant is informed of the result straightaway.