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Relevant CFP: Speculative Literature Foundation

Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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Submissions Period Is Open for the Speculative Literature Foundation’s 2020 Working Class Writers Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation is now accepting applications for the Working Class Writers Grant. Applications will be open through December 31st, 2020.

The $1,000 Working Class Writers Grant is awarded annually to assist working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to financial barriers. Grant funds can be used as each writer determines will best assist his or her work. For more information about the Working Class Writers Grant, or to apply, click here.

Each grant is intended to support the SLF’s mission of promoting literary quality in speculative fiction. Grants are awarded by a jury of SLF staff on the basis of merit. Additional information about all of the SLF’s grants, including specific application guidelines, can be found at Grant applications are open to all: you do not need to be a member of SLF to apply for or receive a grant.

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. For more information, visit

The SLF is a 501(c)3 non-profit, entirely supported by community donations. If you'd like to be involved with our efforts, please consider joining us as a member for $2/month, at


Call for Artists - Illustration of the Year

The Speculative Literature Foundation announces an open call for original artwork combining fantasy and science fiction themes, to be featured as its cover art (Illustration of the Year or Artwork) for 2021. Artwork will be displayed on the Speculative Literature Foundation’s (SLF) website and social media accounts. Artwork will also be used as a visual element of SLF’s marketing material and swag, including but not limited to, bookmarks, pins, posters, etc., and may be cropped or otherwise minimally altered to fit these different formats. The winning artist will receive $500.00 (USD) and will be announced, along with the selected Artwork, on SLF’s website and in a press release.

This is the SLF’s second international open call for Illustration of the Year, and the fourth consecutive year that it has featured an illustration. The SLF, founded in 2004 by author and creative writing professor Mary Anne Mohanraj, is a global non-profit arts foundation serving the speculative literature (science fiction, fantasy, and horror) community. It provides resources to speculative fiction writers, editors, illustrators, and publishers, and aims to develop a greater public appreciation of this art.

Submission Dates: November 20, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. through December 20, 2020 at 11:59


Criteria: Each artist (Artist) may submit one (1) artwork for consideration. The artwork may be

created digitally or by hand (no photography). The subject matter must combine fantasy and

science fiction elements as well as incorporate SLF’s literary focus. All artwork must be

submitted in both jpeg and pdf formats. Aspect ratio must work for the website banner, being at

least 1500 points wide, and 400-500 points high. Final resolution for print must be at least 11

inches wide and 300 dpi. Files are limited to 10MB.

Submit artwork to, including your name, email address,

phone number and short bio.

Terms: Artist must represent that the submission is wholly original art and warrant full

ownership of artwork. In submitting art, Artist agrees to indemnify and hold SLF harmless with

respect to any challenges or claims regarding ownership of the artwork.

The artwork may not have been featured in any other fantasy and/or science fiction genre prior

to submission or pending the announcement of Illustration of the Year.

If chosen, Artist grants SLF exclusive rights to print, publish, display, copy, distribute, and

otherwise use the Illustration of the Year for the duration of 2021.

Commencing on January 1, 2022, SLF relinquishes exclusive rights to the Illustration of the

Year, but reserves the right to print, publish, display, copy, distribute, and otherwise use the

Illustration of the Year in connection with any materials created during 2020, for historical

purposes, and for an anthology of Illustrations of the Year updated as needed.

For more information about this Call for Artists or SLF, contact Carly Grant at

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