Older Writers Grant 2007 Results

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) is delighted to announce that its fourth annual Older Writers Grant is to be awarded to Hilary Wilce. The $500 grant is intended to assist writers who are fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application, and who are just starting to work at a professional level.

After graduating with a geography degree from the University of Cambridge, Hilary Wilce worked as a journalist before moving to the United States in 1990. Once in the States, her interest in writing longer literary short stories increased because, at the time, the literary form was encouraged by the industry more so in America than in the United Kingdom. She continues to work as a journalist, and has since earned her Master of Arts in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, part of the University of London.

Currently, Wilce is working on a novel addressing reality, how different people perceive and shape the same world around them, and the psychological dimensions of one’s character.

Grant Administrator Malon Edwards said of Wilce’s entry, After Beauville the Road Changed: “The reader is immediately thrust into a deliciously creepy story from the onset. A subtle, macabre atmosphere is set with excellent imagery, which includes a decrepit house sitting on untended grounds and unsettling, disturbed children. This is a rural French countryside few see, and none ever want to see again.”

For more information and guidelines for the previous award, please here.

Please direct any questions to Malon Edwards, Award Administrator, at olderwriters@speculativeliterature.org