Nalo Hopkinson announced at WisCon 40 she is creating the Lemonade Award for kindness and positive change in science fiction.
There are many people who do good in this field, who perform small and large actions of kindness and welcome every day. I’d like to encourage more of that.
I’m starting an award, an annual kindness award to recognize five people and groups who in the previous year have done something that makes positive change in science fiction community. It might take the form of printed certificates, awarded and announced with little pomp or ceremony; perhaps via a press release. There need not be a monetary award, but it’d be nice to give the recipients a tangible token of recognition. Should enough people commit to donating a few dollars every year, such that there is an annual pot of $2,000, that would be enough for five monetary awards of $300 each, with $500 left over for administration. $3,000 per year would be enough for each recipient to receive in addition a physical award.
Sherryl Vint, of the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Programme at the University of California Riverside, will manage the nomination/adjudication process. Hopkinson will do fundraising.
Follow the Lemonade Award on Twitter.
— Nalo Hopkinson (@Nalo_Hopkinson) June 8, 2016
Cash donations can be sent via the Speculative Literature Foundation, following Hopkinson’s instructions:
(a) Email a note to firstname.lastname@example.org, informing us how much you’re donating. Don’t skip this step. It’s the only way the Spec Lit Foundation will know that the donation is for us, not them.
(b) You can donate via cheque (make it out to SLF) or PayPal (preferred). Donation information is on this page: http://speculativeliterature.org/donation-info/
Offers of help can be emailed to email@example.com.
— Lemonade Award (@LemonadeAward) June 8, 2016
[Thanks to Gregory N. Hullender for the story.]