SFWA members have overwhelmingly passed five Bylaws revisions that will allow changes to membership eligibility qualifications.
The new membership eligibility requirements, across all membership categories (e.g., prose, game writing, comics, etc.), are intended to set Associate membership eligibility at $100 earned professionally and Full membership at $1000 earned professionally over a career, attested by sworn affidavit.
Additionally, with this change, a full catalog of works (prose and game writing in one application, for example) can be submitted for consideration instead of having to meet SFWA’s current entry requirements in only one category. This recognizes that income streams are diversifying for creators, and provides a single and clear path to membership.
Over the next 24 to 48 hours, SFWA staff will make the necessary changes to allow membership applications using these new criteria. They request patience as they roll out the new system. An influx of new applications is expected.
Two of the amendments coordinate the meaning of “member” between the Bylaws and California nonprofit law. (SFWA is a California nonprofit corporation.) One makes explicit “that Full members have all of the rights afforded to them under the California NPBC Law, including those that are not specifically enumerated in these Bylaws.” The other change removes confusion via applicable California non-profit law about the usage of the term “member.” “As per California law, only ‘members’ of a non-profit corporation have the legal right to vote in corporation elections and referendums. All other classes shall be named accordingly as set by the SFWA board (or a committee thereof).”
Members were notified of the voting results today. While both current and past Boards and committees have been discussing various changes to the bylaws for many years, the bulk of these inclusive and simplified changes were ushered in under the leadership of Presidents Cat Rambo and Mary Robinette Kowal.
[Based on an announcement.]