The Speculative Literature Foundation is pleased to announce the application period for our inaugural Diverse Writers Grant and Diverse Worlds Grant is now open.
Applications will be accepted from May 1, 2014 until July 31, 2014. We are offering one $500 Diverse Writers Grant and one $500 Diverse Worlds grant annually.
The Diverse Writers Grant is intended to support new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, including writers of color, women, queer writers, disabled writers, working-class writers, and those whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing and/or publishing process.
The Diverse Worlds Grant is intended for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background.
Applicants should include a work of fiction up to 5,000 words in their application. This work of fiction can be a new, in-progress work, or a published piece.
The winners for both grants are expected to be announced by September 15, 2014.
The Speculative Literature Foundation defines speculative literature as:
"...a catch-all term meant to inclusively span the breadth of fantastic literature, encompassing literature ranging from hard science fiction to epic fantasy to ghost stories to horror to folk and fairy tales to slipstream to magical realism to modern myth-making -- and more. Any piece of literature containing a fabulist or speculative element would fall under our aegis, and would potentially be work that we would be interested in supporting."
Full disclosure: I'm the managing director and grants administrator for SLF.