The SLF currently offers six grants:
All of our grants are free to apply, and are designed as ‘gateway’ grants, with easy and straightforward applications that should be quick to complete. We hope that they will both serve the community directly, and also encourage genre writers to explore the wide variety of grants, awards, and residencies available in the larger writing community.
Submissions: May 1 – May 31, 2021
Winner announced: July 15, 2021
This grant is awarded annually to a writer who is fifty years of age or older at the time of the grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level. We are currently offering one $1000 Older Writers grant annually, to be used as the writer determines will best assist his or her work. We will be accepting applications May 1 through May 31, 2021
Submissions: July 1 – July 31, 2021
Winner announced: September 15, 2021
The Diverse Writers grant for $500 is awarded annually to assist writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, such as writers of color, women, queer writers, disabled writers, working-class writers, etc.—those whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing / publishing process.
The Diverse Worlds grant for $500 is awarded annually to assist work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background.
This year, we will accept applications for both Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds Grants July 1 through July 31st, 2021.
Submissions: September 1 – September 30, 2021
Winner announced: November 15, 2021
This grant is awarded annually to assist working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to financial barriers. We are currently offering one $1000 working class grant annually, to be used as the writer determines will best assist his or her work. This year, we will accept applications September 1, 2021 through September 30 2021.
Submissions: November 1 – November 30, 2021
Winner announced: January 15, 2022
This grant is awarded annually to assist writers of speculative literature (in fiction, poetry, drama, or creative nonfiction) in their research. This year, we will accept applications November 1 through November 30, 2020. They are not currently available for academic research, though we hope to offer such funds in the future. We are currently offering one $1000 travel grant annually, to be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other travel expenses. Learn more here.
If you have any questions regarding any of the grants, please feel free to contact to our Grants Administrator, Catherine Lin. Please specify the grant in the subject line of the email. Thank you.
Submissions: January 1 – January 31, 2022
Winner announced: May 15, 2021
The A.C. Bose Grant will annually give $1000 to a South Asian / South Asian diaspora writer developing speculative fiction. We will be accepting applications January 1 through January 31, 2022.
Volunteer to be a Grant Juror
The SLF utilizes teams of volunteer jurors drawn from the community for their grants process; each juror receives a small honorarium of $25 for their service. If you’re an ardent reader of SF/F, a writer or editor, a teacher or academic or librarian, and are interested in becoming a juror, please send a brief e-mail with a sentence or two of your bio to our Grants Administrator, Catherine Lin with the subject line: VOLUNTEER JUROR, and we’ll let you know if you’re selected to serve on a jury. If you are currently submitting to any SLF grants, you are not eligible to be on a jury that year. Thank you!
** READ WHAT PREVIOUS GRANT WINNERS HAVE TO SAY **
“The A.C. Bose Grant has been such a gift, both financially and existentially. The grant is a reminder that the writing is what matters, and that somewhere there’s an audience for it. It’s helped me slow down and focus on the work, and for that I’m tremendously grateful.” –Senaa Ahmed, winner of the 2019 A.C. Bose Grant
“I can’t express how much being awarded the Working Class Writers Grant meant…Where monetary concerns were becoming a point of stress, it gave me the space and stability to write more freely.”–Nemma Wollenfang, winner of the 2018 Working Class Writers Grant
“The Older Writers Grant gave me validation, encouraging me to keep adding to my stack of rejections. Soon after, my story was short listed for the Aeon Award.”–Anthony Dietz, winner of the 2017 Older Writers Grant
“The Diverse Worlds and Diverse Writers grants game me the space to work on a series of essays and the beginning of a draft of a new memoir. I’m still so grateful for that small breath of relief.”–Carmen Maria Machado, winner of the 2015 Diverse Worlds and Diverse Writers Grant
“I won the Working Class Writers Grant at a time when I was struggling both with my artistic practice and at my day job. It gave me an enormous boost of confidence, as well as financial breathing room”–Nino Cipri, winner of the 2014 Working Class Writers Grant
“Thanks to the SLF Gulliver Travel Grant, it was made possible for me to travel from Tokyo to Kyoto, Japan, where the anchor story of my second book, a novel-in-stories called The Love We Share Without Knowing, took place. The regions of Japan, like any country, are diverse and have their own local cultures. So it was important for me, setting a book in Japan, to be able to get my hands and feet into the soil of the various regions where the settings of the book take place. Without the Gulliver Grant, I may not have been able to visit all of my book’s locales. And because of the Gulliver Travel Grant, I believe the book is better for the firsthand experience.”–Christopher Barzak, winner of the 2005 Travel Grant