The Older Writers Grant – applications now open for writers aged 50 and over across the world who are just starting to work at a professional level (application deadline: 31st May 2024)

The Speculative Literature Foundation is currently inviting applications for the Older Writers Grant to help writers working with speculative literature from all over the world.

The deadline for applications is Friday 31st May 2024.

USA not-for-profit agency the Speculative Literature Foundation was launched in January 2004 to promote literary quality in speculative fiction and addresses historical inequities in access to literary opportunities for marginalised writers.

The Older Writers Grant has been awarded annually to writers who are at least 50 years of age at the time of application to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level (they refer back to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) pro membership criteria, which entails making at least $1,000 from a writer’s catalogue of published work). These funds may be used as each writer determines will best assist their work.

Speculative literature spans the breadth of fantastic writing, encompassing literature ranging from hard science fiction to epic fantasy, including ghost stories, horror, folk and fairy tales, slipstream, magical realism, and more. Any piece of literature containing a fabulist or speculative element would fall under their aegis.

The grant is awarded on the basis of merit. If awarded the grant, the recipient agrees to provide a brief excerpt from their work and an autobiographical statement describing themselves and their writing (500-1,000 words) for their files and for public dissemination on their website and their mailing list.

Required materials include:

o A cover letter: include a short (500-1000 words) autobiographical statement describing your work thus far, including date of birth, and a bibliography of previously published work, if applicable. Applicants need not have prior publishing credits to apply, and

o A writing sample: up to 10 pages of poetry, 10 pages of drama, or 5,000 words of fiction or creative nonfiction. If you are sending a segment of a novel, novella, or novelette, please include a one-page synopsis as the first page of the document. The submitted work must be speculative.

For further information and details about how to apply, please visit the Speculative Literature Foundation website.