- Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Science Fiction Writers of America, or SFWA (pronEng|ˈsɪfwə or IPA|/ˈsɛfwə/) [Cite web
url = http://sfwa.org/org/sfwa-sffwa.htm
title = About those acronyms / Is it SFWA or SFFWA?
publisher = Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.
accessdate = 2007-12-28] , was founded in
1965by Damon Knight. The organization has since changed its name to Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc., but continues with the acronym SFWA after a very brief use of the acronym SFFWA.
SFWA is a non-profit association of
science fictionand fantasy writers. Most members live in the United States. Active membership is limited to professionally published authors in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, or horror; the minimum qualification is the sale of one novel or dramatic script, or three short stories to venues with certain minimum circulations or pay rates. Associate membership is for professionally published authors who have not yet qualified for Active membership. The "America" in the organization's title refers to the fact that the primary focus of SFWA's author advocacy concerns publishing in the U. S. A. Authors (regardless of nationality or residence) must be professionally published in the English language in order to qualify as SFWA members. SFWA boasts approximately 1,500 members as of 2007.
SFWA presents the
Nebula Awardeach year for the best short story, novelette, novella, novel, and script. It also gives the Andre Norton Awardeach year for Best Young Adult novel, the occasional Bradbury award for best dramatic presentation, the Author Emeritusrecognition to a senior writer whose major impact was long ago or overlooked, and the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Awardfor a lifetime's extraordinary achievement in science fiction or fantasy.
SFWA maintains a web site that provides a lot of information for writers. A popular feature of the site is [http://www.sfwa.org/beware/ Writer Beware] , which provides information and warnings about literary scams, schemes, and pitfalls.
Alan E. Nourse(1968-1969)
Gordon R. Dickson(1969-1971)
* James E. Gunn (1971-1972)
Andrew J. Offutt(1976-1978)
Robert J. Sawyer(1998)
* Norman Spinrad (again) (2001-2002)
* Sharon Lee (2002-2003)
Robin Wayne Bailey(2005-2007)
* Michael Capobianco (again) (2007-2008)
* Russell Davis (2008- ) [cite web |work=Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Inc. |title=SFWA Election Results |url=http://www.sfwa.org/news/2008/eresults.htm |date=2008-04-26]
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume One, 1929-1964
* [http://www.sfwa.org/ SFWA's official website]
* [http://sfwa.org/org/bylaws/current.htm/ SFWA's By-laws]
* [http://writerunboxed.com/2006/06/23/interview-writer-beware/ Interview with Writer Beware's Victoria Strauss] with "Writer Unboxed".
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