The Speculative Literature Foundation is delighted to announce that Ibi Zoboi is the winner of the 2011 Gulliver Travel Grant.The $800 grant will be used to help Zoboi travel to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to research her YA dystopian novel set in both countries.
The Travel Grant judges said of Zoboi’s entry, “The sample story was provocative and haunting, and stayed with us for weeks after reading it. This, combined with the knowledgeable treatment of the subject and the compelling project idea, made it a clear winner.”
Also shortlisted were: Tiffani Angus, Lillian Cohen-Moore, Hunter Liguore, Kirsty Logan, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Sandra McDonald, Kate Milford, Trina Phillips, and Hilary Smith, for their unique and thought-provoking submissions, which made the selection of the eventual winner a difficult but enjoyable process.
The Gulliver Travel Research Grant is awarded to assist a writer of speculative fiction in his or her research. As in previous years, the grant is to be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other expenses relating to the research for a project of speculative fiction. The grant is awarded by a committee of Speculative Literature Foundation members on the basis of interest and merit.The grant is named after Gulliver, a character in the 1726 story “Gulliver’s Travels” written by Jonathan Swift. The story represents one of the earliest examples of fantasy travel.
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Questions about this year’s travel grant process may be directed to either of the jurors at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for next year’s Travel Grant will open on July 1st, 2012.