Travel Research Grant for Spec Fic writers – applications close 30 September 2014

The Speculative Literature Foundation offers a US$800 travel research grant each year to writers of speculative literature (in fiction, poetry,drama, or creative nonfiction). It’s a brilliant opportunity to have your research partially or wholly funded. The grant can be used to be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other travel expenses.

Current applications close 30 September 2014. For more inormation, and details on how to apply, head over to

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Some amazing projects have been helped by this grant. Past winners have used the money to travel to elephant sanctuaries to research the relationship between elephants and their caretakers (for a novel that included reference to the well-known story of how the Hindu god Ganesha got his elephant head); to travel to Seville, Ecuador, to research records concerning the Spanish Inquisition and the history of a local family for a historical novel with elements of magical realism; and even to research the history of female astronauts and undertake basic flight training as part of research for a fabulist novel – including travel to NASA Headquarters Library in Washington, DC, Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and Johnson Space Center in Houston.

[Note: I am one of the jurors assessing the grant applications this year, but if I happen to receive an application from someone I know, well … sorry! No special favours. I will declare my conflict and pass your application to another juror].