Welcome to the Speculative Literature Foundation!

The Speculative Literature Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting literary quality in speculative fiction. We encourage promising new writers, assist established writers, facilitate the work of quality magazines and small presses in the genre, and work to promote a greater public appreciation of speculative fiction. Our mission is to promote literary quality in speculative fiction through our grants, programming, and more!

The SLF serves the speculative literature community through support from people like you. We’re a 501(c)3, and all donations are tax-deductible in the U.S.  You can make a one time donation or become a member to receive cool perks like access to our bi-monthly writer’s encouragement, yearly anthology, and more!

The Portolan Project

We envision a world where everyone can enjoy many of the benefits of an MFA program, without the often heavy cost. Help us make this vision a reality by supporting The Portolan Project, an initiative to provide a wealth of exceptional creative writing courses and resources.

A podcast about two old friends sharing their perspectives on science fiction, community, the writing life, teaching, parenting, and a whole lot more. 

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Season 2 coming Fall 2022!

Upcoming Grants

Check out our upcoming grants! Applying is free, easy, and straightforward.

The Older Writers Grant

Award: $1,000.00 USD
Submissions: May 1 – May 31, 2022
Winner Announced: July 15, 2022

The Older Writers Grant is awarded to assist writers age 50+ who are just starting to work at a professional level.

The Diverse Worlds Grant

Award: $500.00 USD
Submissions: July 1 – July 31, 2022
Winner Announced: September 15, 2022

The Diverse Worlds Grant is awarded to assist work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background.

The Diverse Writers Grant

Award: $500.00 USD
Submissions: July 1 – July 31, 2022
Winner Announced: September 15, 2022

The Diverse Writers Grant is awarded to writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing and publishing process.

Announcements

2022 Artists Gallery

View the fantastic submissions for our 2022 Illustration of the Year contest. Show some love to the artists and their exceptional work.

Donate

Our mission is to promote literary quality in speculative fiction through our grants, programming, and more.

The SLF is made possible by the kind contributions of those who believe in our mission—people like you. We’re a 501(c)3, and all donations are tax-deductible in the U.S. 

For gifts over $1,000, gifts of stock, or to explore funding a grant, please contact our Development Director, Summer van Houten, and she’ll be happy to assist you. We encourage you to apply for matching funds from your employer if possible!

If you’d prefer not to use PayPal, we can also accept donations through our local community foundation.

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