SLF Gulliver Travel Grant

I am the winner of the Gulliver Travel & Research Grant awarded annually by the Speculative Literature Foundation!

What does this mean? (My favorite question in the whole wide world.)

I created something and it was good enough. That’s all an artist wants. And this is just what I needed to affirm that I can get better. I set out to write a hard-core sci-fi story, and I did it. I revised & edited till my eyes crossed. I decided that this is the kind of story I want to keep telling–place Haiti with all its magic and science into the future. But I needed to go to Haiti. And the Dominican Republic. If my story and novel idea were indeed good enough, then someone will award it something, anything.

Alas, I’ll be able to travel to the Haitian-Dominican border to conduct some research for all my writing. More on what I plan to do there later.

Here is the official press release.


PO Box 1693
Dubuque, IA 52004-1693 –

For Immediate Release: Nov 1, 2011

The Speculative Literature Foundation is delighted to announce that
Ibi Zoboi is the winner of the 2011 Gulliver Travel Grant.

Zoboi will use the $800 grant to travel to Haiti and the Dominican
Republic to research her YA dystopian novel set in both countries. She
was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and had always loved the magical
aspects of the Haitian literary tradition. She has been published in
Crossed Genres, Haiti Noir, and Dark Matter: Reading the Bones, among

The Travel Grant judges said of Zoboi’s entry, “The sample story was
provocative and haunting, and stayed with us for weeks after reading
it. This, combined with the knowledgeable treatment of the subject and
the compelling project idea, made it a clear winner.”

Also shortlisted were: Tiffani Angus, Lillian Cohen-Moore, Hunter
Liguore, Kirsty Logan, Valya Dudycz Lupescu, Sandra McDonald, Kate
Milford, Trina Phillips, and Hilary Smith, for their unique and
thought-provoking submissions, which made the selection of the
eventual winner a difficult but enjoyable process.


PR Contact: Corie Ralston

The Speculative Literature Foundation is a volunteer-run, non-profit
organization dedicated to promoting the interests of readers, writers,
editors and publishers in the speculative literature community.

“Speculative literature” is a catch-all term meant to inclusively span
the breadth of fantastic literature, encompassing literature ranging
from hard and soft science fiction to epic fantasy to ghost stories to
folk and fairy tales to slipstream to magical realism to modern
mythmaking — any literature containing a fabulist or speculative

Dominican Republic, Haiti, sci-fi/fantasy, Writing

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