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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.

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.

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

January 15th, 2016 at 7:45 pm

Winner of the 2015 WSFA Small Press Award

The 2015 WSFA Small Press Award was presented by Alex Shvartsman, winner of the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award, during the Capclave 2015 Convention in Gaithersburg Maryland. The winner of the 2015 WSFA Small Press Award was Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon, published in Apex Magazine Issue 56, January 2014.

The complete list of other finalists:

  • “All of Our Past Places” by Kat Howard, published in Unlikely Story #9: The Journal of Unlikely Cartography, June 2014)
  • “Careful Magic” by Karen Healey, published in Kaleidoscope, Twelfth Planet Press, August 2014.
  • “Cookie Cutter Superhero” by Tansy Rayner Roberts, published in Kaleidoscope, Twelfth Planet Press, August 2014.
  • “The Lesser Evil” by Day Al-Mohamed, in Sword & Laser, edited by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt, April 29, 2014.
  • “The Magician and Laplace’s Demon” by Tom Crosshill, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, December 2014.
  • “N is for Nanomachine” by C.S. MacCath in A is for Apocalypse, edited by Rhonda Parrish, Niteblade, August 2014.
  • “Qasida” by Rosaleen Love in Secret Lives of Books, edited by Alisa Krasnostein, Twelfth Planet Press, June 2014.
  • “Vanilla” by Dirk Flinthart in Kaleidoscope, Twelfth Planet Press, August 2014.

The award committee began accepting submissions for its 2016 contest (for stories published for the first time in 2015) on January 1st, 2015. Check the WSFA Small Press Award website for details.

January 1st, 2016 at 12:01 am

WSFA Journal January-February 2016

WSFA JOURNAL JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2016
First Friday January
Attendance: Rodger Burns, Cathy Green, Paul Haggerty, Kimberly Hargan, Bill Lawhorn, Sam Lubell, Bob MacIntosh, Judy Scheiner, Sam Scheiner, Michael Walsh, Ivy Yap, Madeleine Yeh, Ghost of WSFA Meetings Past
9:15pm meeting called to order by Bob MacIntosh. Previous meeting’s minutes read.
Treasurer’s Report: We have money. We’re down in the year over year, probably due to Capclave and WSFA Press.
Capclave Past has closed its books.
Capclave Present is beginning to ramp up. So far 90 people have registered.
Break even was discussed by chair and treasurer.
Capclave Future was not present.

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

WSFA Journal January-February 2016

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

November 6th, 2015 at 12:01 am

WSFA Journal November-December 2015

WSFA JOURNAL NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2015
First Friday November 6
Attendance: Sam Lubell, Bob MacIntosh, Sam and Judy Scheiner, Rodger Burns, Frances Holland, Aaron and Angela Pound, M Greg Key, Deidre Dykes, George Shaner, Elizabeth Twitchell, Leo Espinoza, Ivy Yap, David Keener, Kim Hargen, Madeleine Yeh
In the absence of Cathy, Sam L. took the notes.
Bob Macintosh called to order at 9:15. Everone at WFC. Treasurer said and year over year . Can’t tell if we made a surplus at Capclave.
Capclave Past – Sam L. said positives outnumbered negative. Don’t have final numbers yet. Reg down a bit from last year, Sam S. said bump from George year has stabilized.
Cap Present not here. Has a contract to look at said Bob
Cap Future got a new job.
Sam S. the other convention involved in, is WFC, done in conjunction with BSFS. Unofficial word is that they will approve us for 2018. Announcement by the end of the weekend. Will be in Baltimore at the new Balticon hotel.

Click the link for the full text of the November/December 2015 WSFA Journal, including the Minutes of the November 6th, 20th 2015 / December 4th, 18th 2015 meetings.

WSFA Journal November-December 2015

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

September 4th, 2015 at 12:01 am

WSFA Journal September-October 2015

WSFA JOURNAL SEPT-OCT 2015
First Friday September
Attendance: Drew Bittner, Colleen Cahill, Leo Espinoza, Cathy Green, Paul
Haggerty, Fraces Holland, Bill Lawhorn, Ernest Lilley, Sam Lubell, Bob
MacIntosh, Sarah Mitchell, Sue Nemeth Barry Newton, Kathi Overton, Aaron
Pound, Angela Pound, Judy Scheiner, Sam Scheiner, George Shaner, Elizabeth
Twitchell, Ivy Yap, Madeleine Yeh, Sam Pierce, Kimberly Hargan, Kat Bittner,
Brielle Bittner
9:15pm meeting was called to order by Bob. Minutes were read by VP George
Shaner. Treasury reported we have around . Capclave Present noted that
Capclave was 4 weeks away. Currently have 260 people preregistered. Capclave
Future was working on the hotel and Far Future was contemplating hotel options.
Paul Haggerty will check to make sure WSFA Small Award had invited the all
finalists to Capclave. WSFA Press was waiting for signing sheets. The Policy
Committee noted that we had one and the current version was up on the Capclave
website. Committee to Actually Discuss SF will be discussing current issue of
Asimov’s after the meeting. Capclave 2020 committee wants to cohost a WFC
with BSFS to fund the expanded plans for Capclave 2020. No old business. New
Business – proposal to change by laws so that the host household gets 2 free
memberships. Discussion was held and will be reopened at the MD meeting as
required for a bylaw change.

Click the link for the full text of the September/October 2015 WSFA Journal, including the Minutes of the September 4th, 18th 2015 / October 2nd, 16th 2015 meetings.

WSFA Journal September-October 2015

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

August 9th, 2015 at 7:10 pm

The WSFA Small Press Award Committee Announces Finalists for the 2015 Award for stories published in 2014.

The Washington Science Fiction Association is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction:

“All of Our Past Places” by Kat Howard, published in Unlikely Story #9: The Journal of Unlikely Cartography, June 2014.

“Careful Magic” by Karen Healey published in Kaleidoscope, Twelfth Planet Press, August 2014.

“Cookie Cutter Superhero” by Tansy Rayner Roberts, published in Kaleidoscope, Twelfth Planet Press, August 2014.

“Jackalope Wives” by Ursula Vernon, published in Apex Magazine, Issue 56, January 2014.

“The Lesser Evil” by Day Al-Mohamed, in Sword & Laser, edited by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt, April 29, 2014.

“The Magician and Laplace’s Demon” by Tom Crosshill, published in Clarkesworld Magazine, December 2014.

“N is for Nanomachine” by C.S. MacCath in A is for Apocalypse, edited by Rhonda Parrish, Niteblade, August 2014.

“Qasida” by Rosaleen Love in Secret Lives of Books, edited by Alisa Krasnostein , Twelfth Planet Press, June 2014.

“Vanilla” by Dirk Flinthart in Kaleidoscope, Twelfth Planet Press, August 2014.

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 (2014). 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 their annual convention, Capclave (www.capclave.org), held this year on October 9-12th in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

July 19th, 2015 at 3:05 pm

July 2015 has a 5th Friday — so WSFA will have a social event

Fifth Friday social will be July 31 at 9pm at Sam Lubell’s home.
11801 Rockville Pike (the Forum)
Apt 1508
Rockville, MD 20852

There will be no WSFA meeting, just a social gathering.

Note: the building is only accessible from the Rockville Pike (355) going North.
Parking passes (at the front desk) are only needed if staying past 11pm.

July 3rd, 2015 at 12:01 pm

WSFA Journal July-August 2015

First Friday Minutes July

WSFA 7-3-15 Prez Bob the Mac in charge. 9:14. First Friday in July. Survived the monsoon of June. No minutes frm last meeting. Minutes were waived. Bill read the seconds. Fifth Friday, Sam L. volunteered to host. Third Friday in Virginia. Then August normal meeting schedule.

Capclave Present. Capclave is in contact with GoH about transportation. Will do a mailing with DC17. Online registration 2 to 3 a week. Price goes up at the end of July. ?Capclave Future is talking to hotel person about finding hotel visits.
Capclave Far Future has nothing to report until September.
Trustees have nothing to report.

Click the link for the full text of the July/August 2015 WSFA Journal, including the Minutes of the July 3rd, 17th 2015 / August 7th, 21st 2015 meetings.

WSFA Journal July-August 2015

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