The Speculative Literature Foundation is pleased to announce that Kiran Kaur Saini is the winner of the 2020 Older Writers Grant. Graham Robert Scott, Jeff Reynolds, and S.E. Greco received Honorable Mentions.

Kiran Kaur Saini is a writer of speculative and literary fiction whose short stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Pleiades, and The Tahoma Literary Review, among other publications. She is a graduate of Smith College and received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Born in California, Kiran grew up in rural Pennsylvania, the daughter of a Sikh from Punjab and a North Carolina native. In the last year Kiran stepped away from a 15-year career in film production to care for her aging mother and now finds her writing focused on issues of aging, cultural identity, and autonomy.

The Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writers Grant is awarded annually since 2004 to a writer who is fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level. The $1,000 grant can be used as each writer determines will best assist his or her work.


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Questions about the Older Writers Grant process may be directed to our grants administrator, LD Lewis, at