Speculative Literature Foundation Creates New Convention Support Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation, noting that “This has been a difficult year for the conventions that have long been the lifeblood of our field,” today announced a new Convention Support Grant for 2021-2022.

SLF will be giving out $10,000 over the course of the year, in grants of $500 – $1000 each, to science fiction and fantasy conventions. Literary conventions that have significant speculative literature content are also welcome to apply.

These grants are intended to support conventions both in developing their online presences (through the purchase of tech, training costs, hosting costs, etc.) and making in-person gathering safer once it’s appropriate, perhaps in the last quarter of 2021 (through purchase of cleaning supplies, masks, renting additional rooms for better spacing, etc.). Non-profit organizations are preferred. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Open for submissions:

  • Conventions taking place between June 1 and December 31, 2021, application period: May 15 – June 15, 2021
  • Conventions taking place between January 1 and May 31, 2022, application period: August 15 – September 15, 2021

More specific information on the application process is available on the convention support grant page of the SLF website.  

Founded in January 2004 to promote literary quality in speculative fiction, the all-volunteer Speculative Literature Foundation is led by Mary Anne Mohanraj and 30 other committed volunteers. The Foundation maintains a comprehensive website offering information for readers, writers, editors and publishers of speculative fiction, develops book lists and outreach materials for schools and libraries, and raises funds for redistribution to other organizations in the field, as well as five awards made annually to writers, including the Working Class Writers Grant. For more information, visit speculativeliterature.org.

The SLF is a 501(c)3 non-profit, entirely supported by community donations.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

[Based on a press release.]

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