The Travel Research Grant is awarded to assist a writer (speculative fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction) in his or her research. The 2005 Travel Research Grant includes $600 to be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other travel expenses. The grant is awarded by a committee of SLF members on the basis of interest and merit. Our jurors for 2006 were: Tiffany Jonas, editor and publisher for Aio Publishing Co, LLC in the United States, and Colin Harvey, author of Lightning Days, in the United Kingdom.
Winner: Sharon Zink
Sharon will use the grant to research the history of female astronauts and undertake basic flight training in her research for a fabulist novel, involving travel to NASA Headquarters Library in Washington, DC, Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Sharon has published poetry and short fiction in publications such as the More Words in Edgewise poetry anthology, Rain in the Upper Floor Cafe poetry anthology, Carve, and Alt Future: New Writing from Brighton. Her short story Lobsters was translated into Spanish and published in the Mexican national paper El Independiente. She has been named the winner of Writers Inc. Writers of the Year in the short story category, awarded two Arts Council Free Reads by The South and The Literacy Consultancy, and shortlisted for the Raymond Carver International Short Story Award. Her short story Dust is forthcoming in The New Writer magazine.
The jurors will offer comments on Sharons' writing sample and grant applicaton during the week of October 16th; please check back for more on the recipient of this year's grant!