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November 4th, 2016 at 12:01 am

WSFA Journal November-December 2016

The WSFA First Friday in November, 11/4/16 started at 9:15 with President Bob presiding. Sam L read minutes. Treasurer Sam gave the report. $$ since we paid the hotel bill. The year over year is $??,???.??. Trustees had nothing.

For Capclave past, the chair was not here. There was discussion of registration. There is a core group who loyally come every year of around 200. The number of new people seems to be the same. We went ## in the occassionals. We’re doing fine getting word out, we have a solid core group and it’s building. 16 people since the GRMM year have come each year. We need to increase that or figure out why occassionals weren’t here.

There was a nice thank you letter from Filthy Pierre. We don’t know if broke even yet since don’t have all receipts. Probably close to break even. In terms of getting people, go to regional conventions and promote it. We weren’t getting as many as expected. Prereg at 2016 was up from last year. Books balanced. Thank you to people running reg.

Click the link for the full text of the November/December 2016 WSFA Journal, including the Minutes of the November 4th, 18th 2016 / December 2nd, 16th 2016 meetings.

WSFA Journal November-December 2016

Note: Publication date is set to the date of the Journal, rather than the date posted, for indexing purposes

October 8th, 2016 at 11:00 pm

Winner of the 2016 WSFA Small Press Award announcement

The Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) is pleased to announce that on October 8th at the Capclave science fiction convention, Martin L. Shoemaker won the 2016 WSFA Small Press Award for best short fiction published by a small press in 2015.

The winner is “Today I Am Paul,” by Martin L. Shoemaker, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, ed. by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace, (August 2015).

Neil Clarke, publisher of Clarkesworld Magazine, accepted on behalf of Martin Shoemaker, who was unable to attend Capclave.

The other finalists for the 2016 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction were:

“The Art of Deception,” by Stephanie Burgis in Insert Title Here, ed. by Tehani Wessely, published by Fablecroft Publishing, (April 2015);

“Burn Her,” by Tanith Lee in Dancing Through The Fire, ed. by Ian Randal Strock, published by Fantastic Books (September 2015);

“Cat Pictures Please,” by Naomi Kritzer, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, ed. by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace, (January 2015);

“The Empress in Her Glory,” by Robert Reed, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, ed. by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace, (April 2015);

“The Haunting of Apollo A7LB,” by Hannu Rajaniemi in Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction published by Tachyon Publications, (May 2015);

“Headspace,” by Beth Cato in Cats In Space, ed. by Elektra Hammond, published by Paper Golem LLC, (December 2015);

“Leashing the Muse,” by Larry Hodges, published in Space and Time Magazine, ed. by Hildy Silverman, (May 2015); and

“Leftovers,” by Leona Wisoker in Cats In Space, ed. by Elektra Hammond, published by Paper Golem LLC, (December 2015);

The award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction. The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year (2015). An unusual feature of the selection process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author (and publisher) hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.

October 5th, 2016 at 9:33 pm

CAPCLAVE!!!!!!!

Just a reminder that we won’t be holding our normal 1st Friday meeting on Oct. 7th. Instead the entire club will be ensconced in Gaithersburg MD at Capclave, our annual convention. If you haven’t already bought a membership, you can still get one at the door. It’s going to be an incredible weekend, with two incredible guests of honor, Sarah Beth Durst, and Tim Powers. If you’re not sure who they are, look them up, you won’t be sorry. And in addition to readings, panels, presentations, autographing, filking, and a fully stocked dealer’s room (where WSFA Press Books will be available), we’ll also be announcing the winner of the WSFA Small Press Award on Saturday night.

September 2nd, 2016 at 12:01 am

WSFA Journal September-October 2016

The 9-2-16 September First Friday meeting began with George Shaner presiding. There was a discussion of DC metro system. “Let’s get this show on the road,” said George at 9:14 on his phone. First Friday of September. Robert is his middle name. George Bob, the 10th Walton said Cathy.

Sam L. read minutes. Treasurer’s report was $$$$ with a year to year of $$$.

Paul said, Capclave Present is present. Reservations for travel for GoH made. He needs to talk to Bob about hotel space. There is a new hotel person at the hotel. The reservation system has been fixed. Elizabeth booked a room, said only Kings left. Paul is still in need of a games master. Zenlizard raised his hand; he will talk to people at games con this week. Crosses fingers, “I believe Capclave is on track.” Colleen said programming going on to panelists shortly. She stole from only the best of cons. Have workshops. Plotting on Friday, Writing on Sat. MicroFiction workshop. Reading aloud workshop, Short fiction contracts, Book design 101, Internet tools for readers on Sunday. Do need to finalize details. Bill asked about online signups, Colleen said when we get all the details it will go online.

Click the link for the full text of the September/October 2016 WSFA Journal, including the Minutes of the September 2nd, 16th 2016 / October 2nd, 11th 2016 meetings.

WSFA Journal September-October 2016

Note: Publication date is set to the date of the Journal, rather than the date posted, for indexing purposes

August 16th, 2016 at 12:04 pm

2016 Finalists for WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction

The Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction:

  • “The Art of Deception” by Stephanie Burgis in Insert Title Here, ed. by Tehani Wessely, published by Fablecroft Publishing, (April 2015);
  • “Burn Her,” by Tanith Lee in Dancing Through The Fire, ed. by Ian Randal Strock, published by Fantastic Books (September 2015);
  • “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, ed. by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace, (January 2015);
  • “The Empress in Her Glory” by Robert Reed, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, ed. by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace, (April 2015);
  • “The Haunting of Apollo A7LB” by Hannu Rajaniemi in Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction published by Tachyon Publications, (May 2015);
  • “Headspace” by Beth Cato in Cats In Space, ed. by Elektra Hammond, published by Paper Golem LLC, (December 2015);
  • “Leashing the Muse” by Larry Hodges, published in Space and Time Magazine, ed. by Hildy Silverman, (May 2015);
  • “Leftovers” by Leona Wisoker in Cats In Space, ed. by Elektra Hammond, published by Paper Golem LLC, (December 2015);
  • “Today I Am Paul” by Martin L. Shoemaker, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, ed. by Neil Clarke and Sean Wallace, (August 2015).

The award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction. The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year (2015).

An unusual feature of the selection process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author (and publisher) hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association (www.wsfa.org) and will be presented at Capclave (www.capclave.org), held this year on October 7-9, 2016 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

July 19th, 2016 at 5:50 am

Upcoming events for July 5th Friday and August 1st Friday 2016

Fifth Friday Party/Housewarming – Rodger Burns invites WSFA to his brand new condo for Fifth Friday at 9 PM on July 29th in Silver Spring, MD. Email him at eldersphinx@gmail.com for address and directions.

Writer Fran Wilde, author of Updraft and Cloudbound, will speak to WSFA at our 1st Friday meeting, August 5th at 9 PM. The business meeting will take place after the reading.

July 1st, 2016 at 12:01 am

WSFA Journal July-August 2016

WSFA 7/1/16 – President Bob called the show on the road at 9:15. Secretary Sam L. summarized minutes. Minutes were approved. Treasurer’s report given.

Capclave Present. Current registration was 128. We only picked up 6 members in June and are 20 off from last year and growing. Paul said things are progressing. Cathy asked about email or postcard blast. Get flyers and bookmarks from Paul and hand them out. Capclave Future Elizabeth said she is excited to have two guests. Needs to talk to WSFA Press. Far Future Cathy said status quo, looking at hotels. Wary of hotels doing renovations. People suggested hotels.

Click the link for the full text of the July/August 2016 WSFA Journal, including the Minutes of the July 1st, 15th 2016 / August 5th, 19th 2016 meetings.

WSFA Journal July-August 2016

Note: Publication date is set to the date of the Journal, rather than the date posted, for indexing purposes

May 7th, 2016 at 6:29 pm

WSFA Elects Officers for 2016

WSFA just held our elections for 2016. The trustee’s slate was adopted without any nominations from the floor.

President: Bob MacIntosh was reelected.
Vice President: George Shaner continues.
Treasurer: Sam Scheiner continues
Secretary: Cathy Green replaced by Sam Lubell
Trustees: Mike Walsh and Barry Newton continue. Mark Roth replaces Brian Lewis as the third tustee.

Capclave 2018 chair: Cathy Green was elected.
Capclave 2019 chair: remains open and will be voted on next year.
Capclave 2020 chair: Bill Lawhorn was elected. We’re making our 20th Capclave into a special anniversary Capclave and will need extra time.

WSFA Small Press Award Committee: No change. Sarah Mitchell and Cathy Green continue to serve.

May 6th, 2016 at 12:01 am

WSFA Journal May-June 2016

The WSFA Journal is now under new (old) editorship. As of this issue, former editor Samuel Lubell has again become editor. Long-time WSFAns will remember I first took the reins of The WSFA Journal in July 1996, about 20 years ago. I lasted 92 issues before stepping down in June 2004 (to become WSFA President). I took up The WSFA Journal again in April 2010 through May 2013. At this point, I now hold the club record for most years as secretary, beating out Elizabeth O. Cullen who was secretary from 1957 to 1965.

So, what can readers expect from my tenure as editor of the august WSFA Journal (not to mention the journals for the other 11 months of the year?) Bad jokes (obviously), more graphics, over-use of fonts, and book reviews. Want more? The WSFA Journal is the club’s publication so if there’s anything you want in the Journal, write it and send it in! We need art, reviews, science fiction ideas, stories etc. Everything except current American politics and sports scores. Seen a movie this summer? Read a book? Write a review and send it to editor@wsfa.org. We’ll even take fanfiction!

Click the link for the full text of the May/June 2016 WSFA Journal, including the Minutes of the May 6th, 20th 2016 / June 3rd, 17th 2016 meetings.

WSFA Journal May-June 2016

Note: Publication date is set to the date of the Journal, rather than the date posted, for indexing purposes

March 4th, 2016 at 12:01 am

WSFA Journal March-April 2016

WSFA JOURNAL March-April 2016
First Friday March 3/4/16
Attendance: Ken Byrer, Courtni Burleson, Cathy Green, Frances Holland, Judy Kindell, Bill Lawhorn, Sam Lubell, Bob MacIntosh, Sarah Mitchell, Barry Newton, Kathi Overton, Mark Roth, Judy Scheiner, Sam Scheiner, Elizabeth Twitchell, Michael Walsh, Ivy Yap, Madeleine, Yeh
Meeting called to order at 9:15pm by President Bob MacIntosh. Minutes from last meeting read. Treasurer report indicated we have money, we’re down a little in the year over year, but nothing worrisome.
Capclave Present and future were not present. Current Capclave registration is up to 90.
Trustees are in the process of putting their slate together.
Bill Lawhorn spoke about plans for WFC 2018 and announced that there will be a meeting at 7:30pm before first friday in April to begin planning for Capclave 2020.
Social media – dodos tweeted about parties at and photos from Mysticon.
WSFA Press was not present. Books are selling. Quite a lot of books were sold at Mysticon and 12 of the trade hardcover Skin Trades were signed by GRRM.
WSFA Small Press Awards submission are up to 49 stories.
Committee to Actually Discuss SF/F will talk about possible Hugo nominations.

Click the link for the full text of the March/April 2016 WSFA Journal, including the Minutes of the March 4th, 18th 2016 / April 1st, 15th 2016 meetings.

WSFA Journal March-April 2016

Note: Publication date is set to the date of the Journal, rather than the date posted, for indexing purposes