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SLF Monthly Newsletter

What's in this month's issue:

  • Older Writers Grant submission deadline is May 31
  • Join us at Deep Dish May 16
  • Call for Deep Dish readers
  • SLF at 2024 Printers Row Lit Fest
  • Call for jurors
  • New courses and workshops coming soon
  • Co-writing opportunities
  • Membership
  • Opportunities for writers
Older Writers Grant deadline is May 31
The Speculative Literature Foundation will be accepting applications for the 2024 Older Writers Grant through May 31, 2024. Since 2004, the $1,000 Older Writers Grant has been awarded annually to writers who are at least fifty years of age at the time of application to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level.
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Deep Dish Reading May 16, 2024 at Volumes
Chicago-area writers and readers, join the SLF on May 16 at Volumes for the next event in our Deep Dish reading series! Featured readers will include Tina Jenkins Bell and Alex Kingsley. Rapid fire readers will include Alison Manley and John Weagley.
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Call for Deep Dish readers
Chicago-area writers, want to to join us at an upcoming Deep Dish Reading as a featured or rapid-fire reader? Fill out the form at the bottom of our Deep Dish page to learn more!
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SLF at 2024 Printers Row Lit Fest
Join the SLF on Saturday, September 7 & Sunday, September 8 at the 2024 Printers Row Lit Fest! Look for more details coming soon.
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Call for jurors
The SLF needs jurors to serve on our grant award panels! Jurors receive a $50 honorarium and a year free of Photon-tier SLF membership. Email to learn more and apply.
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New courses and workshops coming soon
Watch this space - new online courses and workshops are coming soon! Our virtual classes and sessions are focused on helping writers master different writing methods and sharpen their understanding and use of the various elements of speculative fiction.
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Co-writing opportunities
The SLF hosts regular Saturday co-writing sessions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT. These sessions are for writers who would like support for their writing, and are currently open and free of charge to anyone interested in being a part of our writing community.
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Not a member yet? The SLF serves the speculative literature community through support from people like you. Members receive benefits including access to the SLF Discord, invitations to members-only panels, discounts on SLF events, programs and courses and more!
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Opportunities for writers

Headlands Center for the Arts invites applications for its Artist in Residence program. Fully sponsored residencies, including a monthly stipend, will be awarded to approximately 50 artists at the cutting edge of their fields whose work has the potential to have significant cultural and social impact. There is a $45 application fee. Learn more and apply by June 10 at

The Speculative Literature Foundation is partially funded by grants from the Oak Park Area Arts Council, Village of Oak Park, Illinois Arts Council Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation, Literary Arts Emergency Fund, supported by the Mellon Foundation (@MellonFdn), and The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association.