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SFWA Committees

Accessibility/Disability Committee

Day Al-Mohamed, Katherine Duckett, Jill Nojack, Lee Martindale, Ace Ratcliff, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry (Chair), and John Wiswell.

Comics Committee

Alison Wilgus (they/them) (Chair), Shaenon Garrity (she/her), Jessica Maison (she/her), and Tim Susman (he/him)

Contracts Committee

The Contracts Committee leads SFWA discussion regarding contract terms. The Committee prepares model contracts, issues alert about dangerous contract terms, and researches other general information on contracts. Current members are: Jim Fiscus (Chair), Michael Capobianco, Jeff Hecht, Anne Leonard, Rosemary Claire Smith, Ginjer Buchanan (advisor), Ken Liu (advisor), Will McDermott (advisor), Victoria Strauss (advisor), Alison Wilgus (advisor).

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

The DEI Committee leads SFWA discussion regarding DEI policy for SFWA, increasing SFWA membership with marginalized and/or underrepresented communities, and improving SFWA’s diversity and inclusion to ensure new voices are seen and heard. The current members are James Beamon (Chair), Alaya Dawn Johnson, Alex Acks, Crystal Watanabe, Jane Pinckard, Kyle Aisteach, Michi Trota, Tao Roung Wong, Whitney “Strix” Beltrán.

Election Committee

The Election Committee oversees SFWA internal elections. Its members are Maurice Broaddus, Matthew Johnson (Chair), Peng Shepherd, and Kate Baker (Advisor).

EMF Committee

The  Emergency Medical Fund Committee oversees the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund.

Estates-Legacy Program

Jean Marie Ward (C0-Chair), Michael Capobianco (Co-Chair), Mishell Baker, Jeanne Adams, Erin Wilcox, Todd Dashoff, Tobias Buckell (Board Liaison)

Financial Advisory Committee

The Financial Advisory Committee advises the CFO on fiduciary matters concerning the organization.

Oz Drummond (Chair), Michael Capobianco, Bud Sparhawk, C.C. Finlay, Natalie Luhrs, Ralph M. Ambrose, Glynn Stewart, Andrea Pawley, Michael J. Martinez, and Sonja Thomas.

Fundraising Committee

Kelly McClymer (Chair), Anne Gray, Carolyn Gilman, Jason Sanford, Natasha D. Lane, Vanessa Armstrong, Mary Robinette Kowal

Game Writing Committee

The Game Writing Committee encourages engagement and provides advice on game writing issues and the games industry, as it relates to the SFWA. Current members are: Andrew Schneider (he/him) (Chair), Rhiannon Louve (xe/xim), Andrew Plotkin (he/him), Stewart Baker (he/him), Clayton Kroh (he/him), Will McDermott (he/him)

Grants Committee

Lou Berger (Chair), Jessica Reisman, Nancy Schrock

Grants Outreach Taskforce

Marisa Miller and Richard Lohmeyer

Grievance Committee

The Grievance Committee investigates and acts on member complaints. Current members are: John E. Johnston III (Chair), Lee Martindale, Michael A. Armstrong, Michael Capobianco, Cat Rambo, Emily Mah Tippetts, Dan Kobolt.

Healthcare Committee

Stina Leicht (Chair), Sarah Pinsker, Elsa Sjunneson.

History Committee

Erin M. Hartshorn (Chair) and Michael Capobianco

Independent Authors Committee

The Independent Authors Committee leads SFWA discussion and action on self-publishing matters. Its members are Ted Butler, J. Scott Coatsworth (Chair), Sherrie Cronin, Amy DuBoff, Michael Edelson, Anthony Eichenlaub, Phyllis Fielding, Jaq Greenspon, Rekka Jay, Jamie Lackey, Rick Lakin, Kelly McClymer, Scott James Magner, Keith Soares, Scott King, and John Wilker.

Information Systems Committee (Infosys)

Yaroslav Barsoukov (Chair), Rachel Dunne, Tim Susman, Lettie Prell

International Relations Committee (Intercom)

J.R.H. Lawless (Chair), Arthur Protasio, Darusha Wehm, Edmund Schluessel, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Fiona Moore, Mimi Mondal, Natalka Roshak, Rhiannon Rasmussen-Silverstein, and Rodrigo Juri

Legal Affairs Committee

The Legal Affairs Committee is the successor to older committees that posted comments to the Copyright Office on orphan works and other issues and responded to requests from the House Judiciary Committee for comments on copyright law. The Committee continues to respond to requests for comments and monitor legal issues affecting writers. Its members are: Michael Capobianco (Co-Chair), Jim Fiscus (Co-Chair), Rosemary Claire Smith, Anne Leonard, Elizabeth Moon, Jeff Hecht, H. Paul Honsinger (Advisor) and Gordon Van Gelder (Advisor).

Membership  Credentials Committee

The Membership Credentials Committee currently consists of  the active SFWA Board. Jeffe Kennedy (Chair), Kate Baker (Executive Director – Advisor), Tobias Buckell, Nathan Lowell, Adam Rakunas, Phoebe Barton, Monica Valentinelli, José Pablo Iriarte, Remy Nakamura, and Christine Taylor-Butler.

Middle Grade & Young Adult Authors SIG Steering Committee

Josh Levy (Chair), Natalka Roshak, and Gabrielle Byrne.

Nebula Conference Steering Committee

Kate Baker (Executive Director), L.D. Lewis, Steven H Silver (Event Coordinator), Colin Coyle (A/V Tech Coordinator), Beth Dawkins (Volunteer Coordinator), Nathan Lucas (Flight Crew Coordinator), Kellan Szpara (Programming – Vision), Peng Shepherd (Programming – Logistics), and Erin Roberts (Programming – Communications).


The ombudsman is an alternate means of communication with the SFWA Board and officers. Anonymity is assured and your communications are confidential. The current Ombudsman is Gay Haldeman and can reached at Ombusdman@sfwa.org.


Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Lauren Raye Snow, Kevin Wabaunsee

Romance Steering Committee

The SFWA Romance Committee will offer meaningful input and assistance in cultivating a positive trajectory for authors of stories that combine fantasy, science fiction, and romance in a way that encourages diversity, engagement, and quality, while also providing outreach and support resources for those struggling with inclusion in the SFF community at large. Its members are Alexia Chantel, Claire Davon, Miranda Honfleur (co-chair), Chelsea Mueller (co-chair), Abigail Reynolds, Katherine Barrett Ryan, Rashida Scholz, and R.K. Thorne.

SFWA Awards Rules Committee

The SFWA Awards Rules Committee (SARC) administers the Nebula Awards, including the Bradbury and Norton Awards. Jim Hosek (Nebula Awards Commissioner), Shanna Swendson (Assistant to the NAC), Stewart C. Baker (Assistant to the NAC for Game Writing), Jeffrey Carver (Chair), James Patrick Kelly, and Erin Roberts, with Terra LeMay (Deputy Executive Director – Advisor).

Short Fiction Committee

The Short Fiction Committee leads SFWA discussion and action on short fiction (story, novelette, novella) matters. Its members are John P.Murphy (Chair), Helena Bell, A.T. Greenblatt, Stewart Baker, and Marguerite Kenner.

Volunteer Coordinators

Beth Dawkins (Volunteer Coordinator), Emily Liu (Assistant to the Volunteer Coordinator), Nathan Lucas (Nebula Flight Crew Coordinator)

Writing Scams Committee

The Writing Scams Committee looks to identify and warn members of scams through mechanisms such as Writer Beware®. Its members are Victoria Strauss (Chair), Richard C. White, and Michael Capobianco.

last updated 12/4/2021

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Grievance Committee

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