Results of the 2024 SFWA Officer Elections
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by KathrynBaker
3d ago
Full SFWA members had the opportunity to vote last spring for 2024 candidates for the SFWA Board of Directors. We’d like to thank all our members who took the time to vote. The SFWA Board and staff would also like to thank the candidates who volunteered their time and expertise to run for office in the 2024 SFWA elections and those who continue to serve the organization in various ways. Most of our programs, services, committees, and the Board of Directors are run by volunteers. Additional Changes to the 2024-2025 Board Due to health reasons, SFWA Secretary, Jasmine Gower, will be stepping dow ..read more
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From the Archives: Top Tips from the INDIE FILES
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by Jo Miles
6d ago
By SFWA Publications Crew Independent publishing can feel as daunting as it is empowering. Monthly at the SFWA Blog, the INDIE FILES has offered tips and insights to help authors taking this route to share their writing with the world. Whether you’re just starting out or an active indie author who feels they need a little more guidance to boost sales and reader response, there are articles in our archives that might have just what you need to improve the business end of your writing. Have you checked in with Kelly McClymer’s “5 Ways to Sell Your Book Directly”? This overview of direct sales ex ..read more
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How to Rewrite a Story for a Different Call
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by Krystal Hammond
1w ago
By Dannye Chase So you’ve got a solid story and a perfect publication. The problem? They don’t quite match up.  Have no fear! If you wrote it, you can unwrite it, and then rewrite it for that sweet new market.  Before we get started, it’s important to note there are some really good reasons not to rewrite a story. You might have other markets that could work for the piece as-is, or you’ve gotten great feedback on it, maybe even made a short list or two. Or you might just really like the story the way it is. A rewrite makes more sense if a piece is almost right for a different call, e ..read more
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SFWA Announces the Winners of the 59th Annual Nebula Awards
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by KathrynBaker
2w ago
June 8, 2024 – The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 59th Annual Nebula Awards®. These awards are given to the writers of the most outstanding speculative fiction works released in 2023, as voted on by Full, Associate, and Senior SFWA members. The awards were presented as part of the SFWA Nebula Conference, which took place both in Pasadena and online. Hosted by Toastmaster, Sarah Gailey, you may find the replay of the live broadcast on the SFWA YouTube channel. The winners are as follows: Nebula Award for Novel The Saint of Bright ..read more
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Culture: Moving Beyond Set Dressing
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by KathrynBaker
2w ago
by Kanishk Tantia This essay is the fifth of eight in the Publishing Taught Me: A SFWA Anthology Project. The first story I ever wrote was unabashedly my own: written with unfiltered childlike enthusiasm, completed within a single draft and, to my eyes, perfect upon completion. Two donkeys killed each other because one was purple and the other brown, and their bodies blocked a rickety bridge. A nearby settlement relied on the bridge for access to food and water, and with their only access point blocked, the settlement starved and died. I was eight, and never told anyone about it because I was ..read more
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Perceiving the Wind: Finding Magic in the Mundane
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by Jo Miles
2w ago
by Austin Conrad As advice, “write what you know” is nearly as hackneyed as “show, don’t tell.” Both pieces of advice are essentially correct, but writers hear them so often we don’t really process either recommendation. This is doubly true in speculative fiction. After all, very few of us have ridden on the back of a dragon! My experience is that speculative fiction authors tend to see “write what you know” as guidance on emotional content. Write conflicts you’re familiar with, emotions you’ve experienced, and so on—this grounds our story in emotional reality. We overlook our day-to-day perce ..read more
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SFWA Market Report For May/June
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by David Steffen
2w ago
Welcome to the May/June edition of the SFWA Market Report. Please note: Inclusion of any venue in this report does not indicate an official endorsement by SFWA. Those markets included on this list pay at least $0.08/word USD in at least one category of fiction. This compilation is not exhaustive of all publication opportunities that pay our recommended minimum professional rate. Additionally, SFWA adheres to our DEI Policy when making selections for this report. We strongly encourage writers to closely review all contracts and consult our resources on best contract pra ..read more
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In Memoriam – Caitlin Thomas
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by KathrynBaker
3w ago
Caitlin Rosemarie Thomas, 28 October 2002 – 17 April 2024, was a presence of joy in the genre community. The daughter of Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, Caitlin often traveled to science fiction and fantasy conventions and ceremonies and was known for her excitement in interacting with other creative people. Caitlin loved stories, and often listened to audiobooks. She was proud of her fandoms, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, and wrestling. She lived with fullness, appreciating those things that make us most human: humor, music, art, and companionship. Whether one knew he ..read more
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Announcing the 2024 Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award Recipient
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by KathrynBaker
3w ago
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association is pleased to announce that the 2024 Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award will be presented posthumously to Jennell Jaquays at the 59th Annual SFWA Nebula Awards® ceremony on June 8, 2024. The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is given by SFWA for significant contributions to the science fiction, fantasy, and related genres community. The award was created in 2008, with Wilhelm named as one of the three original recipients, and was renamed in her honor in 2016. Ms. Jaquays joins the ranks of the latest Solstice Award winners, including Cerece Rennie Mu ..read more
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Character Development Lessons From Video Games
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by Jo Miles
3w ago
By Samantha Garner When you think of video games, do you think of rich character development? Unfortunately, many people believe video game characters are either implausibly indestructible, or worse: boring. As a fan of fantasy and action role-playing video games, I’ve seen that belief transcended many times. As an SFF writer, I often find inspiration in the complex and believable characterization found in video games. Whether or not you’re a gamer, I think you’ll find these character development lessons from video games useful in your own writing too. Strong motivation for the main character ..read more
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