UNCW’s Lookout Books Receives Literary Arts Emergency Funds

Friday, April 29, 2022

Lookout Books, the literary book imprint within the UNCW Department of Creative Writing, is among more than 300 organizations and publishers that will receive financial assistance from the Literary Arts Emergency Fund, supported by the Mellon Foundation.  

“We’re thrilled to receive this vital support, which will go a long way to help sustain our reach and impact as an award-winning teaching press that offers both a haven for emerging and historically underrepresented authors, as well as apprenticeships in publishing for UNCW students,” said Emily Smith, founder and publisher of Lookout. “This grant also places us amongst some of the most vibrant literary organizations in the country, an ecosystem of presses, magazines and programs working to increase visibility for our authors and bring their stories to readers.”

Lookout will receive $10,000 in unrestricted funds, the largest single award to date for the publishing company. The funds will help cover expenses toward Lookout’s next book, Bigger Than Bravery: Black Resilience and Reclamation in a Time of Pandemic, due out in September 2022, and support future initiatives and acquisitions.

Through Smith's publishing practicum, UNCW students engage in every aspect of the book publication process. They help with grant writing; develop media campaigns and author tours; design book covers and interiors; and support the faculty editorial team in reading submissions, copy editing and proofreading. Students in the publishing program also support the work of Lookout’s award-winning sister magazine, Ecotone.

Many of the publishing program alumni now lead and innovate at dozens of literary entities across the country: Hub City Press, Ecco, Orion magazine, Sierra magazine, Southern Humanities Review, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Hugo House, and W. W. Norton, among others.

The full release announcing the Literary Arts Emergency Fund awards is posted online.

--Krissy Vick