Genesis Membership Drive

Hello everyone! The SLF was founded in 2004 to support speculative literature, and has been giving grants to writers ever since. We’re expanding our offerings in 2022, adding a host of exciting new projects; to do that, we need a steady source of operating funds.

So we’re hosting our first membership drive this March — we’ve managed to put together a great team of people eager to bring new programming, ideas, and more to what the Speculative Literature Foundation has to offer! But in order to accomplish the goals we’ve set for ourselves, we need your help!

Our first objective is to double our current membership, which means gaining 50 new members! Membership starts at $2 / month. Sign up to get access to some exciting, upcoming panels with seasoned writers and experts coming up this month. 

Can you help us?

Our Goals

50 New Members

Weekly writing prompts in the SLF community discord.

100 New Members

The SLF will redesign our website with a host of new writer and reader resources such as reading lists, award lists, and conventions we love!

150 New Members

The SLF will offer 3-6 in-person (covid permitting) and virtual morning writing workshops in summer 2022, with discounted cost to members.

200 New Members

3 virtual workshops will be FREE to ALL members + SLF illustration of the year tote bag!

250 New Members

The SLF will launch a mentorship program by Spring 2023 + SLF mugs! 

Drive Panels

During the drive, we’ll be hosting free panels for the public on different aspects of writing, editing, and more. Please register if interested in attending, and we’ll contact you with Zoom details when finalized. 

For updates on more future events, programs, panels, and upcoming grant deadline sign-up for our monthly newsletter.

Generating Ideas

March 5, 2 – 3PM Central

Let’s talk about where writers get their ideas, and how you decide which ideas you want to develop into a finished piece.

Panelists: SLF Director Mary Anne Mohanraj & Benjamin Rosenbaum, author of The Unraveling and podcast co-host for Mohanraj and Rosenbaum Are Humans

The panel is now live on our YouTube!

What Do Editors Want?

March 12, 2 – 3PM Central

A panel of short fiction editors talk about what they’re looking for in stories right now — and what to avoid!  What common mistakes do writers make? What makes a story stand out from the slushpile?

Panelists: Award-winning editors Lynne Marie Thomas, editor-in-chief of Uncanny Magazine, and Jed Hartman, former senior fiction editor at Strange Horizons Magazine.  Moderated by Mary Anne Mohanraj, SLF Director.

The panel is now live on our YouTube!​

Creating a Shared World

March 19, 2 – 3PM Central

Writers from George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards and Ellen Kushner’s Tremontaine come together to talk about the challenges and delights of working in a shared universe.

Panelists: Ellen Kushner, author of Swordspoint and other fantasy novels, Delia Sherman author of The Porcelain Dove, Walter Jon Williams author of the Privateers and Gentlemen series, and David D. Levine author of Arabella of Mars. Moderated by Mary Anne Mohanraj, SLF Director.

The panel is now live on our YouTube!​

What (Else) Do Editors Want?

March 26, 2 – 3PM Central

The SLF invites two more experienced editors to continue exploring the question of what editors want to see from submissions.

Panelists: Neil Clarke, editor-in-chief of Clarkesworld Magazine, Sheila Williams, editor at Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine

The panel will be uploaded to our YouTube channel very soon!