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Speculative Literature Foundation Newsletter – No. 23

SLF Newsletter No. 23, October 2006


In this issue:
SLF Older Writer’s Grant Applications Open
Travel Research Grant 2006 Results
Website Updates


Older writer grant applications are considered from October
1st to December 31st.

The SLF Older Writer’s Grant is awarded annually to a
writer who is fifty years of age or older at the time of
grant application, and is intended to assist such writers
who are just starting to work at a professional level. We
are currently offering two $500 grants annually, to be used
as the writers determine will best assist their work.

This grant will be awarded by a committee of SLF staff
members on the basis of merit. Factors considered will

> a short (less than 500 words) autobiographical statement,
describing the writer and his/her work thus far; be sure to
include date of birth;

> a writing sample (up to 10 pages of poetry, 10 pages of
drama, or 10,000 words of fiction or creative nonfiction–
if sending a segment of a novel, novella, or novelette,
please include a one-page synopsis as well);

> a bibliography of previously-published work by the author
(no more than one page, typed); applicants need not have
previous publications to apply.

If awarded the grant, the recipient agrees to provide a
brief excerpt from their work, and an autobiographical
statement describing themselves and their writing (500-1000
words) for our files, and for possible public dissemination
on our website.

PLEASE NOTE: This grant, as with all SLF grants, is
intended to help writers working with speculative
literature. If you’re not sure what areas that term
encompasses, we recommend referencing our FAQ (question

Older Writer’s Grant Application Procedures
1. Send the three items listed above to our Older Writer’s
Grant administrators, M.J. Goodner, Sandra Kasturi and
Sheree Thomas, as attached .doc files, to Please include a brief cover
letter with your name and contact information (email and
phone in case of emergency). If you have questions, direct
them to that same address.

2. Older Writer’s Grant applications will be considered
from October 1st to December 31st, annually. Applications
received outside that period will be discarded unread.

3. The grant recipient will be announced by March 1,
annually. All applicants will be notified of the status of
their application by that date.

Please visit for more information.


The SLF is delighted to announce the results of our 2006
Travel Research Grant judging!

The Travel Research Grant is awarded to assist a writer
(speculative fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction)
in his or her research. The 2006 Travel Research Grant
includes $600 to be used to cover airfare, lodging and/or
other travel expenses. The grant is awarded by a committee
of SLF members on the basis of interest and merit. Our
jurors for 2006 were: Tiffany Jonas, editorial and
publisher for Aio Publishing Co, LLC in the United States ,
and Colin Harvey, author of Lightning Days, in the United
Kingdom .

Sharon Zink

Sharon will use the grant to research the history of female
astronauts and undertake basic flight training in her
research for a fabulist novel, involving travel to NASA
Headquarters Library in Washington , DC , Kennedy Space
Center in Florida and Johnson Space Center in Houston .

Sharon has published poetry and short fiction in
publications such as the More Words in Edgewise poetry
anthology, Rain in the Upper Floor Cafe poetry anthology,
Carve and Alt Future: New Writing from Brighton . Her short
story, “Lobsters,” was translated into Spanish and
published in the Mexican national paper El Independiente.
She has been named the winner of Writers Inc. Writers of
the Year in the short story category, awarded two Arts
Council Free Reads by The South and The Literacy
Consultancy, and short-listed for the Raymond Carver
International Short Story Award. Her short story “Dust” is forthcoming in The New Writer magazine.

The jurors will offer comments on Sharons ‘ writing sample
and grant applicaton in November at the SLF website: Please check the SLF
website for more on the recipient of this year’s grant!


Resources: Magazines

Electric Spec:

A semi-pro ezine featuring shockingly good short works of
science fiction, fantasy and the macabre. Electric Spec was
founded in 2005, publishes issues three times per year, and
pays authors $20 per story.

Helix: A Speculative Fiction Quarterly:
“Helix is a magazine of speculative fiction published
electronically by the Legends group, an unincorporated
association. Issues are published in January, April, July
and October.” They are not currently accepting unsolicited

Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show:
Science fiction and fantasy e-zine.

Resources: College/University: Film

Learning Theory Through Pop Culture:
Graduate course created by D. F. Felluga.

Science Fiction Film:
An online syllabus by E.K. Sparks.

Resources: Literature

Fantasy and Speculative Fiction:
“This course offers professionals serving middle and high
school students the opportunity to increase your
appreciation and knowledge of fantasy and speculative
fiction through intense reading and discussion of
representative works.”

Fantasy and World Literature:
Course by Jennifer Rodgers. Texts include: Orson Scott
Card, Ender’s Game; Lewis Carroll, Alice ‘s Adventures in
Wonderland; Neil Gaiman, Season of Mists; Mercedes Lackey,
Magic’s Pawn; and Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age.

Science Fiction:
Syllabus for English 356 class taught by E.K. Sparks.

Science Fiction: Literature & Film:
Popular culture course taught by Dr. Gerald Lucas. Syllabus
available online for download.

Science Fiction(al) Syllabus:
Proposed SF syllabus by Thorven Lucht.

SF&F: Learning Theory Through Pop Culture:
“This course will posit that speculative fiction
(specifically, the speculative fiction one finds on
television and film) represents one of the only still
viable generic forms that deals with the present in an
allegorical form.” English 373 course created by D. F.
Felluga. **This is an updated version of a course
previously linked through SLF.**

NOTE: If you know of a relevant link that’s not yet posted
on our site, please email it to us.

Newsletter information:
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the Newsletter may be sent to Editor David Lunde at If you do not wish to
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to include your name.

The SLF Newsletter is a private publication of the
Speculative Literature Foundation. Unless otherwise
indicated, permission to reprint, repost, or quote is
expressly denied. Unless explicitly signed by the Director,
views contained within do not necessarily reflect the
official views of the Foundation.

David Lunde, Senior Editor
Rebecca Rowe, Associate Editor

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Deadline for the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writers’ Grant is fast approaching!

The deadline for the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Older Writers’ Grant is fast approaching! The grant of $750 is available to any writer of speculative literature of 50 years or older at the time of application who is just beginning to work professionally in the field. There are no restrictions on the use of the grant money.

Applicants are asked to submit a brief autobiographical statement, a writing sample, and a bibliography. For full details on how to apply for the grant, please see the SLF web site:

or email Applications must be received by March 31st 2009. The successful applicant will be announced on June 1st 2009.

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