Lilliam Rivera won the 2016 Working Class Writers Grant, presented by the Speculative Literature Foundation. The $750 grant may be for any purpose “the writer determines will best assist his or her work.” The 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.”
Rivera is a 2015 Clarion graduate with a YA novel, The Education of Margot Sanchez (Simon & Schuster), forthcoming early next year. She was chosen by a six-judge panel, which also awarded honorable mentions to L.L. Madrid, Michael Strayer, and Nemma Wollenfang. There were a total of 12 applicants this year. For more about this grant, and other SLF grants, see speculativeliterature.org/grants.