The Speculative Literature Foundation addresses historical inequities in access to literary opportunities for marginalized writers. Our staff and board are committed to representing racial, gender, and class diversity at all levels of our organization. This commitment is at the heart of what the Speculative Literature Foundation stands for: equal access to create and advance science fiction, fantasy, and horror literature. We strive to enable writers at any stage of their career and of any age, any ethnicity, any gender expression, from any location and of any economic or social status, who want to learn about, or create within, the speculative arts.
The SLF was launched in January 2004 to promote literary quality in speculative fiction. More than thirty volunteers, directed by Mary Anne Mohanraj, work on an ongoing basis to:
- Create a comprehensive website which serves as a hub for information of use to speculative fiction readers, writers, editors and publishers.
- Develop booklists and other materials to use in outreach efforts to schools and libraries.
- Raise funds for redistribution to quality work, by individuals and organizations, which enriches the field.
- Present individual and organizational grants and awards; currently an award for excellence in speculative short fiction. Possible future grant/award areas include: novel development grants, a first novel award, small press/magazine development grants, financial assistance for writers attending workshops or writing retreats.