Working Class Writers Grant 2013 Results

The Speculative Literature Foundation is delighted to announce Kima Jones as the winner of the inaugural Working Class/Impoverished Writers Grant.

A resident of Los Angeles, Jones has, in her own words, always been drawn to the fantastic, the sublime, the surreal, the mythic—and the downright scary—even as a child. It’s no surprise, then, her writing is intensely personal.

“My stories,” she says, “are an amalgamation of my fears, my beliefs, and all of the things that I cannot forgive myself for. I write horror because monsters exist. If I don’t acknowledge my own private monster, I can’t realize the rest of them in my work.”

Grant Administrator Malon Edwards said of Jones’s entry, “Nine”: “The magic realism and power in this story sneak up on you like the haints within it. The language sets a laid-back tone with down-home folksy talk, but in the best possible way. Next thing you know, young boys aren’t who they seem, and mothers are grieving lost sons. A well-written, entertaining piece.”

Honorable Mentions for the 2013 Working Class/Impoverished Writers Grant were: Jennifer Matarese, Kayla Miller, Yarrow Paisely, Scott Maddix, and Pippa Janssen for their diverse, thought-provoking and entertaining submissions.

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