Looking forward- Plans for the SFWA Bulletin

The whole sexism thing with the Bulletin blew up literally hours after I paid for a subscription to the SFWA magazine. Call it dumb, bad luck I guess, because they’re now going, “on hiatus for a period not to exceed six months.”  I’m glad these issues are being addressed however, and I agree with the folks who had a problem with the tone and content of the magazine of late. Anyways, here’s the full release or you can also read it on their site:

 

On the advice of the task force, and with the approval of the board, the president has authorized the following plan: 

STEP ONE:

As we refresh the magazine and search for a new editor, the Bulletin will be put on hiatus for a period not to exceed six months.

During the hiatus, SFWA will honor its contracts with all authors and other professionals whose work has already been accepted for publication.

STEP TWO:

SFWA will conduct a membership survey and consult advisors about the Bulletin and its future direction. Many aspects of the Bulletin will be discussed, including but not limited to: its format, its aesthetic, its content, its budget, and its inclusivity.

Once these tasks have been accomplished, we will assemble a clear outline of duties and responsibilities for the Managing Editor and open the position to interested individuals.

STEP THREE:

After the interview and hiring processes are complete, the new editor will relaunch the publication, aligning to the redefined goals and mission of the magazine.

For a period of time after relaunch, appropriate SFWA personnel will work with the editor to help ensure that the magazine meets expectations as defined in this ongoing process.

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Separately, the task force would also like to announce that they are being joined by Tansy Rayner Roberts, incoming Overseas Regional Director.