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In Memoriam: Tom Purdom

Tom Purdom (19 April 1936 – 14 January 2024), was a science fiction writer, a charter member of SFWA, and held two roles within the organization. He served as the Vice President from 1971-1972 and was the first SFWA Eastern Regional director from 1976-1978. Published in 1957, he wrote five science-fiction novels from 1964 to […]

The INDIE FILES: Productivity That Fits You

by Marie Andreas New year, new you, new stories! And, as always, new ways to increase your productivity. Every January, writers look at ways to increase their output. Whether you’re a casual writer or one making a living at it—we always want to be more effective with what writing time we have. But how to […]

The LGBTQ+ Speculative Experience: Part 4

(Kind of like the Star Trek Experience—lots of diversity that some accept, some fight, and others never see) by Elle Ire   Concluding Mission Our exploration of the experiences of various members within the LGBTQ+ spec-fic community concludes by examining the professional writing organizations our interviewees have had experience with and how welcoming or inclusive […]

SFWA Market Report – January 2024

Welcome to the January 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 […]

How Writing Challenges Made Me a Better Writer

By Rachel Craft I’ve recently gotten hooked on writing “challenges,” multi-round contests that give participants a creative prompt and a tight deadline to write a short story. Sometimes it’s a week, sometimes it’s as little as 24 hours. If that sounds stressful and even somewhat insane, it is—but it’s also incredibly fun, and a valuable […]

In Memoriam: David Drake

David Drake (24 September 1945 – 10 December 2023) was a military veteran and science fiction and fantasy author. He was the author of over 80 books over the course of 40 years, including the Hammer’s Slammers, Lord of the Isles, and Republic of Cinnabar Navy series. Drake spent his life in North Carolina, after […]

In Memoriam: Jim Hosek

Dr. James Hosek (13 October 1964 – 03 December 2023) known to many in the community as Jim, was a writer of veterinary mystery and philosophical humor. Especially proud of his role as Nebula Award Commissioner, his own story “Total Loss” was published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine. He wrote the Dr. At […]

Announcing the Happily Ever After Quest Special Meetup!

Calling all fantasy and science-fiction romance writers! Join us at HEA Quest, a special virtual meetup presented by SFWA’s Romance Steering Committee. We’ll have three stellar panels of industry experts covering topics of importance to writers, including an Editor Roundtable, Burnout & Time Management, and Marketing through Newsletters, and breakout rooms at the end for […]