James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award https://tiptree.org An award encouraging the exploration & expansion of gender Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:07:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Previous Fellows https://tiptree.org/tiptree-fellowships/previous-fellows Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:58:16 +0000 https://tiptree.org/?page_id=6907 Continue reading ]]> Each year, we invite the outgoing Tiptree Fellows to write a report, to share their work with the Tiptree community in their own words. Our hope is that the availability of these reflections as an archive will provide a way for members of the Tiptree community to learn more about each creator’s work, as well as perhaps inspiring those who read them to create new connections. We are pleased to publish these reports below, along with information about the fellowship winners and their ongoing creative projects.

2018 Fellowships: Vida Cruz and Ana Hurtado

Report from Vida Cruz
Report from Ana Hurtado

2017 Fellowships: H. Pueyo and Ineke Chen-Meyer

Report from H. Pueyo (forthcoming)
Report from Ineke Chen-Meyer (forthcoming)

2016 Fellowships: Mia Sereno and Porpentine Charity Heartscape

Report from Mia Sereno: Our Filipina Monstrosity as Kalayaan
Report from Porpentine Charity Heartscape

2015 Fellowships: Walidah Imarisha and Elizabeth LaPensée

Report from Walidah Imarisha
Report from Elizabeth LaPensée

Inaugural Fellowship (2014): micha cárdenas

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Ana Hurtado Fellowship Report https://tiptree.org/tiptree-fellowships/2018-tiptree-fellowships/ana-hurtado-fellowship-report Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:48:03 +0000 https://tiptree.org/?page_id=6928 Continue reading ]]>

The magical realism of Ecuador is distinctive; the role of the Andean mountain range is to harbor secrets–eternal wisdom–and our role is to be taught and blessed by the volcanoes and mountains that enclose us. It’s not our destiny to carve our protectors, to destroy them from the inside. It’s not ours to mine.

I’m working on a novel that’s both historical and contemporary, both Spanish and English, of both our flesh and the ghostly. It’s a project that relies heavily on research. This novel has torn me apart from the inside out; it’s my Everest, I like to say to people — the analogy only paints a picture of the romanticization of my struggle. In fact, I’m too afraid sometimes to even put on my gear..

The Tiptree Fellowship Award enlightens my path. The Award has taught me to believe in myself a bit more, even if it means believing that this project is timely in nature, and maybe its time isn’t now. I’m grateful for the monetary and moral support from the Tiptree committee. Tiptree’s commitment to gender expansion and exploration has inspired me to start on another project; it’s a story that takes place in the same realm as my previous novel’s, where ghosts inhabit our Earth and we’re merely visitors.

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Vida Cruz Fellowship Report https://tiptree.org/tiptree-fellowships/2018-tiptree-fellowships/vida-cruz-fellowship-report Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:44:46 +0000 https://tiptree.org/?page_id=6920 Continue reading ]]>
1754 Murillo-Velarde map of the Philippines, photographed by Vida Cruz.

I began the Archipelago Daily series––fictional news reports of a fantastic nature––in 2013, fresh from college. It was something that I did for fun, in order to make fun of some of the truly ridiculous news articles I had to write and edit.

In six years, I went from idealistic young journalist, always ready to jump into the fray, to cynical fiction writer who gets a panic attack after interviewing for another journalism-related position. The world, too, has changed drastically; in the Philippines, for example, journalists are now accused of spreading fake news and openly attacked–on line and offline. Arrested. Tried. Murdered. All for doing their jobs, and not nearly enough people are outraged. In an effort to preserve my mental health, I have stopped actively reading/watching/listening to the news altogether.

But I have also written more of these fictional–not fake, there’s a difference–news articles in the last three years than I had when I first started. No longer just a vehicle for mockery, I have used this format to discuss how global warming has whipped up storms that can kill thousands. How the Marcos family would suppress and erase and revise their bloody history to return to power. How the Duterte administration has cheapened the lives of the women, the children, the impoverished, the sick, the desperate, the dissenting. And I do it all by having a wide range of creatures from Philippine mythology–from powerful women to hulking monsters–demonstrate the sorely needed empathy we struggle to show our fellow human beings, as seen through the eyes of a female journalist who slowly realizes that her society is broken and in need of mending.

In journalism, it is said that the news must be objective, that all sides of the story must be covered. I know now that, even when using a reportorial voice devoid of personality, no one can be truly objective–the subjects whose stories you choose to flesh out alone speak of what your bias is. The news is shaped by those who deliver it.

And this is the shape of one who is delivering the news to you: female. Brown. Disabled. Filipina.

So let me be biased. Let me offer up a two-way mirror to the poor, the indigenous, and the working class as they are buffeted by forces beyond their control; to the creatures of Philippine mythology, some of the last bastions of local culture, as they struggle to find a place in a thrice-colonized nation and rapidly globalizing world; to the Filipina women of every shape and size as they begin to understand that to be a warrior, witness, writer, or witch is to be committed to the truth and to fight for it. And in so doing, maybe we can inch a little closer toward seeing and upholding the truth in our own world. This is the work my Tiptree fellowship supports.

Since receiving my grant in February, I’ve been beset with carpal tunnel syndrome, mild pneumonia, burnout, joblessness. As such, I was only able to write one more story set within the world of the Archipelago Daily: “In the shadow of the typhoon, humans and Mahiwaga cooperate for survival,” which is set two months after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), a category five storm that killed thousands in Central Philippines. It will be part of the Calque Press anthology ​An Invite to Eternity: Tales of Nature Disrupted​, whose Kickstarter is now ongoing. I’m proud to share a segment from that story here:

Since time immemorial, Maria Cacao and Mangao would regularly sail their golden ship around the islands of the Visayas region, acting as exporters of her famous cacao seeds and importing other agricultural and mercantile goods for the use of the natives of Argao, Cebu and beyond. Not even the guerilla wars against the Spanish, Americans, Japanese, and the Marcos regime could stopper her overflowing generosity.

Naturally, in the face of calamity, she is the first to deliver relief goods. In a country that experiences 20 typhoons a year, her boat is always loaded with food, water, and clothing, ready to sail to the next disaster scene.

“I’d rather she didn’t do this. We’ve been taken advantage of by humans too many times before,” says Mangao, who does most of the rowing while Maria Cacao navigates and takes inventory of the hundreds of bottles of water, canned goods, biscuit packs, cracker tins, boxes of medicine, and donated clothes. “But my wife wouldn’t be who she is if she wasn’t enormously generous. Giving is what makes her happy and her happiness is all I want.”

However, Typhoon Yolanda’s wrath left many of the Diwata’s usual riverways choked with the debris of houses, boats, vehicles, and bodies.

“We’ve had to find different routes, meaning we take the longer way around Cebu,” says Mangao as he adjusts the sails. “After the storm cleared, we had to stick to skirting the coast instead of the river leading down from Mount Lantoy. And that’s why the relief goods didn’t arrive sooner–why they still don’t.”

“But sticking to the coast doesn’t mean the distribution gets easier,” explains Maria Cacao. “Before, there was a wall of garbage and rubble between us and the shore. The harbors had to be cleared first, and that took a long time. Things are better now, but the garbage is still there.”

One would think that the Diwata could simply wave away her obstacles, but it isn’t that simple. Reason one, neither her nor Mangao’s powers extend over water or manmade objects. Reason two, even if they did, the couple has too much respect for the environment and for human beings to do this.

“It seems ridiculous to be worrying about littering at a time like this,” says Maria Cacao. “Especially when everything is all over the place. But even if I could move the debris and the bodies, where would I put them–on top of all the other piles of debris and bodies? With the relief goods in my boat?”

1754 Murillo-Velarde map of the Philippines. Photograph by Vida Cruz“That wouldn’t help anyone, certainly not those who are searching for their loved ones or counting on receiving aid. I might even snuff out more lives in the process,” she adds.

“I cannot bring myself to make more of a mess than there already is,” she concludes, her voice cracking at the last syllable.

“It’s not ideal, but there isn’t much we can do about it,” Mangao says. “We usually ask the Kataw of Bantay Tubig for help, but their hands are full of their own problems.”

As if that wasn’t enough, the couple have the additional problem of survivors running away screaming at the sight of their boat.

 

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Ineke Chen-Meyer Fellowship Report https://tiptree.org/tiptree-fellowships/2017-tiptree-fellowships/ineke-chen-meyer-fellowship-report Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:33:37 +0000 https://tiptree.org/?page_id=6918 H. Pueyo Fellowship Report https://tiptree.org/tiptree-fellowships/2017-tiptree-fellowships/h-pueyo-fellowship-report Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:33:14 +0000 https://tiptree.org/?page_id=6916 About the Fellowships https://tiptree.org/tiptree-fellowships/about-the-fellowships Sun, 16 Jun 2019 20:18:31 +0000 https://tiptree.org/?page_id=6912 Continue reading ]]> The Tiptree fellowships grew out of the Tiptree Motherboard’s desire to expand the reach of the Award to reflect the changing and expanding landscape both of science fiction/fantasy and of gender itself. We know that the most exciting, challenging narratives of speculation don’t always fit within the boundaries of genre fiction as we know them – such as Janelle Monae’s genre bending work, which appeared on the Honor List of the 2013 Tiptree Award.

We know that members of historically underrepresented communities are creating a lot of the most important work, with less recognition from the world at large than members of communities with higher visibility. And we know that emerging writers and creators are rarely paid for their labor, even when they produce and publish work that finds an audience. We want to support the development of new work, in any form or genre, that uses speculative narrative to expand or explore our understanding of gender, especially in its intersections with race, nationality, class, disability, sexuality, age, and other categories of identification and structures of power.

In 2015, we awarded the first Tiptree Fellowships. Fellowships are $500 per recipient and will continue to be awarded each year to two creators who are doing work that pushes forward the Tiptree mission. We hope to create a network of Fellows who will build connections, support one another, and find collaborators. We imagine that some of the works we support now might even win the Tiptree Award one day. We hope to change the field of speculative fiction by providing recognition for new voices that have been under-represented, but whose work is vital in making visible the many forces that are changing gender today and tomorrow.

The Tiptree Fellows can be writers, artists, scholars, media makers, remix artists, performers, musicians, or something else entirely. If you are doing work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative – maybe in a form we would recognize as the science fiction or fantasy genre, maybe in some other way – you will be eligible for a Fellowship. You won’t have to be a professional or have an institutional affiliation, as we hope to support emerging creators who don’t already have institutional support for their work.

Each Tiptree Fellow is invited to serve on the selection committee for the following year, and to write a short report about their work to be archived on the Tiptree website.

We want to acknowledge the work of our inaugural Tiptree Fellow who helped us work on developing this process. We chose micha cárdenas, who is, in her own words, “an artist, theorist, student and educator who creates and studies trans of color movement in digital media, where movement includes migration, performance and mobility.” Micha frequently uses science fiction narrative in her creative work, most recently in her online game Redshift and Portalmetal, which explores a trans woman of color’s experiences of interplanetary migration. She also writes scholarship about science fiction media, such as her essay Shifting Futures: Digital Trans of Color Praxis on the work of Janelle Monae. The descriptions you read above were crafted with her collaboration.

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2018 Honor List https://tiptree.org/award/2018-james-tiptree-jr-award/2018-honor-list Sat, 23 Mar 2019 02:08:08 +0000 https://tiptree.org/?page_id=6307 Gabriela Damián Miravete wins 2018 Tiptree Award! Honor and Long List Announced https://tiptree.org/2019/03/gabriela-damian-miravete-wins-2018-tiptree-award-honor-and-long-list-announced Sat, 23 Mar 2019 01:22:11 +0000 https://tiptree.org/?p=6803 Continue reading ]]> Gabriela Damián Miravete has won the 2018 Tiptree Award for her short story “They Will Dream In the Garden,” translated by Adrian Demopulos and published online by Latin American Literature Today (May 2018).

About the Winner

“They Will Dream In the Garden,” a beautifully written and translated story, uses the future tense to imagine a Mexico in which femicides are already part of history. In a collective attempt by survivors to preserve memory and justice, traces of the minds of the women murdered are encapsulated in interactive holograms “living” in a beautiful garden. The story looks at the economic, social, and racial dimensions of violence against Mexican women today, focusing on indigenous women, poverty, and unemployment, on repression of women’s educational opportunities, and of women’s ability to move about freely. The story hints at positive change as some women decide to fight back through collective action, mutual support, and self-defense, eventually shifting the public perception of gendered violence and improving the actions of the next generation. By offering a possible look into the future, far from giving the sense of a closed chapter, the story itself is a device of memory preservation, a call to action, and a fine example of science fiction as a tool for feminist exploration and social change.

Gabriela Damián Miravete is a writer of narrative and essay, a film and literature journalist, a professor at CENTRO university, and (according to her bio) the imaginary granddaughter of Ursula K. Le Guin. Miravete was part of “The Mexicanx Initiative,” a group of Mexican and Mexican American artists who attended WorldCon 76. With other authors, artists and people from different scientific disciplines, she co-founded Cúmulo de Tesla, a collective that wishes to strengthen the relationships between art, science, and science fiction. She has published short stories in several anthologies in Spanish. You can find her work in English in Three Messages and a Warning, an anthology of contemporary Mexican stories of the fantastic (Small Beer Press, 2010) and in A Larger Reality. Speculative Fiction from the Bicultural margins, an anthology of 14 stories, presented in both Spanish and English.

The Tiptree Award judges also wish to recognize Adrian Demopulos, the translator of “They Will Dream in the Garden,” with a special honor for a wonderful translation.

About the Honor List

In addition to selecting the winners, the judges choose a Tiptree Award Honor List. The Honor List is a strong part of the award’s identity and is used by many readers as a recommended reading list. These notes on each work are excerpted and edited from comments by members of this year’s jury. This year’s Honor List is:

A collection of delightful, thought-provoking stories that fulfill the intended purpose of normalizing diverse pronouns as well as suggesting that the binary can be broken or even left behind. Buchanan writes: “In English, the personal pronouns we’re most used to are he and she. Not only do these require the speaker to know the gender of the person they’re talking about, but they only properly cover two genders. Humans don’t always fit in these boxes.” This collection addresses the complaint that people find it hard to learn new pronoun sets. Buchanan writes that the answer is to normalize new pronouns — “in conversation, yes, but also in our stories, in fiction, in all media. In stories about spaceships and about magic, heroism and exploration, families and home.” As an added bonus, the authors and editor make recommendations for other works to read.

This ghost story set in a small depressed Ontario town in the 1990s explores concepts around sexual agency and slutdom with extraordinary doses of humanity, humor, and lyricism. With issues of women’s sexual autonomy being currently (and always) very much under the spotlight, the author presents myriad ways in which the book’s characters’ sexualities clash with (or struggle under) patriarchal power structures and lays them across queerness, whiteness, poverty, religious and moral values, and public opinion. Through the eyes of the protagonist and of the queer ghost who is haunting her, the reader experiences the pains and thrills of inhabiting a gendered, sexualized, queer body in this story full of caustic language and powerful images. WARNING: descriptions of child sexual abuse and adult suicide.

This cerebral, investigative novel presents a future society in which humans have divided into Paxans and Outsiders. Paxans are committed to “a collegial, laterally organized meritocracy.” In this technologically advanced society, Paxans spend only a small portion of their lives in “meatspace” and the majority of their lives in virtual realities, inhabiting and conversing with their secondary and tertiary bodies, which represent selected and isolated aspects of their consciousness. Paxans have been given FTL travel by an alien race they call Delta Pavonians, and some women, cis and trans, are able and willing to undergo body modification and training to be able to communicate with the aliens. The story traces the mystery of a second alien planet, La Femme, and its telepathic inhabitants. The novel is an absorbing exploration of the many ramifications of the notion of gender and the myriad ways in which it is represented and exploited.

  • Meg Elison, “Big Girl” Fantasy and Science Fiction (Nov/Dec 2017)

A story about a common problem in society—fat shaming. This is especially a problem for women, both white and of color, and for teens who lack self-confidence and easily fall prey to ads and movie portrayals. With satirical condemnation of society and media reactions, this story portrays how internalizing the perceived norms of “feminine” leads to low self-esteem.

As the cover promises, so the book delivers: 15 graphic short stories by “seventeen women, demigirls, and bi-gender creators of color.” The rich heart-warming fantasy stories deal with folk tales, fairy tales, disability, immigration, race, grandmothers, baking, depression, romance, and much more magic. This anthology is a good way to find authors you’ll want to read again, and a great display of the dramatic potential and innovative storytelling in contemporary comics today.

An anthology of over 30 short stories and poems. About half were originally published in Glittership Magazine, and all have queer themes and characters. “The Little Dream” by Robin M. Eames (in which a character wears a t-shirt that reads “IN SPACE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU INSIST THERE ARE ONLY TWO GENDERS”) and “Graveyard Girls on Paper Phoenix Wings” by Andrea Tang are particularly recommended. A wonderful variety of stories and a great way to find authors you want to read more of.

Because of a plague that kills men more frequently than women, one society in this polluted future has mostly women. But men still have more power and women still need to fear sexual assault. The other society is all women — many with special powers, including doublers who have multiple clone births, “starfish” who can grow new body parts, and girls given special treatment so they can help breast feed the multiple babies. The religion is Mother-based. A beautifully written novel.

This album follows the struggles, joys, incarceration, and eventual liberation of a queer, Black woman who is punished by a system that seeks to “cleanse” her of all elements in her life that deviate from the norm. She is sent to a prison in which her memories (each of which is a separate music video and an ode to mutual love in rebellion) will be erased. The workers in charge of the erasure, who sit back and enjoy the memories prior to destruction, serve as a sharp metaphor of the white supremacist, cisheteropatriarchal system that is obsessed with Black bodies and creativity while still remaining profoundly anti-Black. This concept album forms a cohesive science fictional narrative, introducing futuristic elements in a way that is rarely seen so explicitly in the medium, opening up new pathways for the musical exploration of feminist science fiction.

This story portrays a culture in which gender pronouns change depending on a multitude of factors for each individual at any given time. This story shows a character at the beginning of a new life whose sense of identity is affected by this new language with a multitude of unfamiliar pronouns. The story also touches on issues of immigration, poverty, unemployment, romance, and building a new family. The reader is given linguistic issues and endearing characters in a well-done story.

This young adult novel was translated from Swedish. In it, a society of women (in groups acknowledging the Maiden, Mother, and Crone) live apart from a patriarchal world. They populate their society by rescuing women and girls from poverty, evil men, and lack of education. The leader of the Abbey is the First Mother. This story is told in the time of the 32nd First Mother. The women of the Abbey preserve knowledge within a vast library. The novel ends with the narrator, a teenage girl, deciding to go back out into the world to see if she can help change how men and women see themselves and one another.

This visceral story with vivid writing explores in a literalized way the dysphoria that can come with being trans. The monster in the basement works as both a powerful metaphor and a plot device.

But Wait — There’s More!

In addition to the honor list, this year’s jury also compiled a “long list” of twenty-eight other works they found worthy of attention.

Now What?

The Tiptree Award winner, along with authors whose works are on the Honor List, will be celebrated at WisCon in Madison, Wisconsin during Memorial Day weekend. The winner will receive $1000 in prize money, a specially commissioned piece of original artwork, and (as always) chocolate.

Each year, a panel of judges selects the Tiptree Award winner. The 2018 judges were Margaret McBride (chair), Marina Berlin, Ritch Calvin, and Arrate Hidalgo.

The 2019 panel of judges will be chaired by Carol Stabile, and reading will begin soon. The Tiptree Award invites everyone to recommend works for the award. Please submit recommendations via the recommendation page. Full information on all the books mentioned above will be in the Tiptree Award database by late April 2018.

 

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2018 Fellowship Recipients Announced https://tiptree.org/2019/02/2018-fellowship-recipients-announced Sun, 17 Feb 2019 20:47:59 +0000 https://tiptree.org/?p=6783 Continue reading ]]> We are pleased to announce the selection of two Tiptree Fellows: Vida Cruz and Ana Hurtado.

Vida Cruz is a Clarion graduate and the first Filipina to win first place in the Writers of the Future contest. She was born in the Philippines and is currently based there.

In her application, Cruz described the many faces of feminism and resistance in the Philippines: “Together, warrior, witness, writer, and witch amount to a uniquely Filipino feminist identity that live on in strains despite the erasure of colonization. I hope to reclaim and round these out by telling stories led by such characters.” Funding from the Tiptree Fellowship will help Cruz continue her work on an ongoing series of alternate-history stories set in a present-day Philippines inhabited by Filipinos and local mythological creatures. Each story is written as a feature article by a sharp-eyed Filipina journalist who seeks to heal and galvanize her society by writing and bearing witness, and eventually by becoming a warrior and perhaps even a witch.

Cruz’s fiction has appeared in LONTAR (The Journal of Southeast Asian speculative fiction), Expanded Horizons, Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up to No Good, Kathang Haka: The Big Book of Fake News, the Philippine Speculative Fiction series, and Phantazein.

Ana Hurtado holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University and is a professor of English at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. Her work has been published in Uncanny, Strange Horizons, Noble/Gas Qtrly, RHINO Poetry, and other publications. Her writing falls under the genre of magical realism and reflects a blending of Andalusian traditions, indigenous cosmovision, and African mythology, all shaped by Hurtado’s Venezuelan origin and location in Ecuador.

In her application, Hurtado wrote about the role of ghosts in her young-adult novel-in-progress: “In this novel, gender is explored in the ‘real’ world and ‘ghost’ world; when these two collide, we understand how sexuality is fluid..…. With an entire cast of ghosts, my young adult novel wants to highlight the pre-Columbian cosmovision of ancestors: ancestors, like ghosts, never leave us – they are forever between us and with us, sharing their ancestral knowledge and guessing our future.”

The Fellowship Committee also awarded honorable mentions to Eleanna Castroianni, Theresa Hottel, Lulu Kadhim, Zora Mai Quynh, and Courtney Young.

The Tiptree Fellowship program, now in its fourth year, is designed to provide support and recognition for the new voices who are changing our view of gender today. Each Fellow will receive $500. The work produced as a result of this support will be recognized and promoted by the Tiptree Award.

Over time, the Fellowship program will create a network of Fellows who can build connections, provide mutual support, and find opportunities for collaboration. This effort will complement the ongoing work of the Award — that is, the celebration of speculative fiction that expands and explores gender roles in thought-provoking, imaginative, and occasionally infuriating ways.

The members of the 2018 selection committee for the Tiptree Fellowships were the 2017 Tiptree Fellows, H. Pueyo and Ineke Chen-Meyer, past Tiptree honoree Julie Phillips, and Motherboard member Gretchen Treu.

If you would like to donate to the fund for future Tiptree Fellowships, you can do so here. Let us know if you would like your donation to support the Fellowships program specifically.

To read about the work of our previous Fellows, click on their names below.

 

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2018 Tiptree Fellowships https://tiptree.org/tiptree-fellowships/2018-tiptree-fellowships Sun, 17 Feb 2019 20:43:07 +0000 https://tiptree.org/?page_id=6785 Continue reading ]]> We are pleased to announce the selection of two Tiptree Fellows: Vida Cruz and Ana Hurtado.

Vida Cruz is a Clarion graduate and the first Filipina to win first place in the Writers of the Future contest. She was born in the Philippines and is currently based there.

In her application, Cruz described the many faces of feminism and resistance in the Philippines: “Together, warrior, witness, writer, and witch amount to a uniquely Filipino feminist identity that live on in strains despite the erasure of colonization. I hope to reclaim and round these out by telling stories led by such characters.” Funding from the Tiptree Fellowship will help Cruz continue her work on an ongoing series of alternate-history stories set in a present-day Philippines inhabited by Filipinos and local mythological creatures. Each story is written as a feature article by a sharp-eyed Filipina journalist who seeks to heal and galvanize her society by writing and bearing witness, and eventually by becoming a warrior and perhaps even a witch.

Cruz’s fiction has appeared in LONTAR (The Journal of Southeast Asian speculative fiction), Expanded Horizons, Broad Knowledge: 35 Women Up to No Good, Kathang Haka: The Big Book of Fake News, the Philippine Speculative Fiction series, and Phantazein.

Ana Hurtado holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University and is a professor of English at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. Her work has been published in Uncanny, Strange Horizons, Noble/Gas Qtrly, RHINO Poetry, and other publications. Her writing falls under the genre of magical realism and reflects a blending of Andalusian traditions, indigenous cosmovision, and African mythology, all shaped by Hurtado’s Venezuelan origin and location in Ecuador.

In her application, Hurtado wrote about the role of ghosts in her young-adult novel-in-progress: “In this novel, gender is explored in the ‘real’ world and ‘ghost’ world; when these two collide, we understand how sexuality is fluid..…. With an entire cast of ghosts, my young adult novel wants to highlight the pre-Columbian cosmovision of ancestors: ancestors, like ghosts, never leave us – they are forever between us and with us, sharing their ancestral knowledge and guessing our future.”

The Fellowship Committee also awarded honorable mentions to Eleanna Castroianni, Theresa Hottel, Lulu Kadhim, Zora Mai Quynh, and Courtney Young.

The Tiptree Fellowship program, now in its fourth year, is designed to provide support and recognition for the new voices who are changing our view of gender today. Each Fellow will receive $500. The work produced as a result of this support will be recognized and promoted by the Tiptree Award.

Over time, the Fellowship program will create a network of Fellows who can build connections, provide mutual support, and find opportunities for collaboration. This effort will complement the ongoing work of the Award — that is, the celebration of speculative fiction that expands and explores gender roles in thought-provoking, imaginative, and occasionally infuriating ways.

The members of the 2018 selection committee for the Tiptree Fellowships were the 2017 Tiptree Fellows, H. Pueyo and Ineke Chen-Meyer, past Tiptree honoree Julie Phillips, and Motherboard member Gretchen Treu.

If you would like to donate to the fund for future Tiptree Fellowships, you can do so here. Let us know if you would like your donation to support the Fellowships program specifically.

To read about the work of our previous Fellows, click on their names below.

 

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