15/01/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Science fiction writers get a helping hand from the new Speculative Literature Foundation.
The Speculative Literature Foundation have just announced their formation, with a stated mission "to promote literary quality in speculative fiction, by encouraging promising new writers, assisting established writers, facilitating the work of quality magazines and small presses in the genre, and developing a greater public appreciation of speculative fiction."
The foundation hopes to accomplish this by creating a large online resource, by developing materials for outreach to schools and libraries, and by raising funds to redistribute as grants and awards for quality work by individuals and organizations.
The first award they will present will be the 2003 SLF Fountain Award, $1000 in prize money for excellence in short fiction. A select jury will accept nominations from magazine and anthology editors, and announce the winner and honorable mentions on June 1st, 2004.
The foundation is supported by annual membership fees, and they encourage all those who read, write, and generally appreciate speculative fiction - a term they mean to encompass the broad range of fantastic literature, from hard sf to sword and sorcery to magical realism to slipstream - to stop by their site, take a look at the resources they offer, and consider joining as supporting members.
Your membership fees will go directly towards the ongoing development of grants and awards to reward literary excellence in the genre.
You can find them over at:
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