A.C. Bose Grant for South Asian/ diaspora writers – Applications open Jan 1-31, 2022

It’s time for the fourth AC Bose Grant applications! This Grant is made in memory of my father, who loved reading, introduced us to speculative fiction at an early age, and fostered our love of books and of open minds and open imaginations.


If you’re a South Asian/ South Asian diaspora writer, you can apply for this.

The SLF and DesiLit are pleased to announce a co-sponsored grant, founded in memory of Ashim Chandra Bose, known as the A. C. Bose Grant beginning in 2019.

The A.C. Bose Grant will annually give $1000 to a South Asian / South Asian diaspora writer developing speculative fiction. It supports adult fiction, but work that is also accessible to older children and teens will be given preference in the jury process. The donors hope that this grant will help develop work that will let young people imagine different worlds and possibilities.

​The grant is founded in memory of Ashim Chandra Bose. A.C. Bose, a lover of books, and especially science fiction and fantasy, by his children, Rupa Bose and Gautam Bose, in fond memory and to honor the legacy of the worlds he opened up for them.​
More info can be found on the website: https://speculativeliterature.org/grants/slf-ac-bose-grant/

Applications are open from Jan 1-31, 2022. The award is decided by a jury, and SLF expects to announce the winners  announced March end.  To apply, you need to submit a 5000-word (or less) writing sample (which must be speculative fiction), and a 500-word cover letter. Go to the website link for more details.


According to their website:

“Speculative literature is a catch-all term meant to inclusively span the breadth of fantastic literature, encompassing literature ranging from hard science fiction to epic fantasy to ghost stories to horror to folk and fairy tales to slipstream to magical realism to modern myth-making — and more. Any piece of literature containing a fabulist or speculative element would fall under our aegis, and would potentially be work that we would be interested in supporting.”

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