SFWA now stands for The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association. The Board announced to members yesterday a decision taken last November to file and “do business as” the new name. However, the corporate name will remain the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. for reasons explained below.
We know this is a big change, especially for some of our long-term members and we’d like to assure you that the decision was contemplated for quite some time.
In addition to finding ways for SFWA to be more inclusive, many of our international members lobbied the Board to point out that having “of America” in our name needlessly excluded them. Over a quarter of the 2100+ members we serve both live and work in non-US countries and territories. Changing our name is not only a part of the natural progression of our organization, but one that recognizes that SFWA has grown beyond a once US-centric focus.
The Board says that once the filing is complete, which they expect to be in late spring, the nonprofit organization will adopt that name for most purposes.
The reason for filing to “do business as” The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association instead of changing the name of the corporation is —
taking this path does not require the monumental effort to change our incorporation status and bylaws with California or within the IRS. Doing business as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association will still allow us to comply with fundraising laws across all United States, and territories.
Until the filing process is complete, SFWA will continue to operate as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.