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Accessibility/Disability Committee

Comics Committee

The Comics Committee oversees the process of formally welcoming comics writers into the SFWA membership. The committee will provide resources for existing SFWA members to learn more about the art and business of comics writing, and foster closer connection between the prose and comics SFF communities.

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.

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.

Election Committee

The Election Committee oversees SFWA internal elections.

EMF Committee

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

Estates-Legacy Program

Financial Advisory Committee

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

Fundraising Committee

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.

Grants Committee

Grievance Committee

The Grievance Committee investigates and acts on member complaints about publishers.

Healthcare Committee

History Committee

Independent Authors Committee

The Independent Authors Committee leads SFWA discussion and action on self-publishing matters.

Information Systems Committee (Infosys)

International Relations Committee (Intercom)

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.

Membership  Credentials Committee

The Membership Credentials Committee currently consists of  the active SFWA Board.

Middle Grade & Young Adult Writers Steering Committee

Nebula Conference Steering Committee


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 can reached at Ombusdman@sfwa.org.

Poetry Committee

The Poetry Committee advocates for speculative poetry and provides advice on writing, publishing, and performing genre poetry as it pertains to SFWA and the broader poetry realm.

Publications Committee

Romance Writers Steering Committee (RSC)

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.

SFWA Awards Rules Committee

The SFWA Awards Rules Committee (SARC) administers the Nebula Awards, including the Bradbury and Norton Awards. 

Short Fiction Committee

The Short Fiction Committee leads SFWA discussion and action on short fiction (story, novelette, novella) matters.

Volunteer Coordinators

Writing Scams Committee

The Writing Scams Committee looks to identify and warn members of scams through mechanisms such as Writer Beware®.

last updated 1/28/2021

Romance Writers Steering Committee (RSC)

The SFWA Romance Writers Steering Committee offers input and assistance in cultivating a career for authors who combine fantasy, science fiction, and romance in a way that encourages diversity, engagement, and quality. Our Areas of Focus Promoting the professional interests of romantic-SFF authors Providing romantic-SFF author education on craft, business, and ethics Fostering and nurturing […]

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DEI Interview Preparation Guidelines

On occasion, authors have to deal with interviews. Few individuals receive interview training, so here’s some guidelines to help you prepare for upcoming interviews. 1) Preparation is key The more that you can prepare for the interview, the better. Preparation comes in a variety of manners, and can include: – reading and studying prior interviews […]

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The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI)

Welcome to the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Space. SFWA is committed to fighting for more diverse, equitable and inclusive representation of BIPOC and other historically marginalized and underrepresented voices in the field of SFF publishing. The DEI Committee is the tip of the spear in that fight, and this space the rallying point. Current […]

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Professional Education

Welcome to the beta of SFWA’s Professional Education program. The world of creating science fiction and fantasy has changed drastically over the last decade, and it will undoubtedly change even more over the next.  Some changes may seem daunting at first examination, but they can be mastered.  The SFWA Professional Education program is designed to […]

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Contracts Committee

As directed by the SFWA Board, the purpose of the Contracts Committee is to: Update and maintain the existing SFWA contract templates; Work to develop and maintain a repository of sample contracts and contract-related information; Work to educate members about contract language and recommendations; Work to help SFWA and its members answer contract related questions […]

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Grievance Committee

The only reason anyone comes to Griefcom is because they’ve got trouble. Luckily, Griefcom is here to help. Maybe your publisher isn’t paying you royalties, or you have parted ways and now you can’t get a letter of rights reversion. Or you’ve hired a cover artist who isn’t doing the job and won’t give you […]

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