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Press Releases & Newsletters

New Board Members at SFWA

Logo SFWA-Web squareOn July 1st, 2014, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers welcome Cat Rambo as the new Vice President and Sarah Pinsker as incoming Director at Large (elected from the Eastern Region*).

Concurrent with the start of the organization’s new fiscal year, the SFWA Board will now consist of:

President: Steven Gould (2nd term)

Vice President: Cat Rambo

Secretary: Susan Forest (2nd term)

Chief Financial Officer: Bud Sparhawk (Continuing)

Directors At Large: Sarah Pinsker (Incoming), Lee Martindale, Jim Fiscus, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Matthew Johnson.

SFWA would also like to thank outgoing Vice President and Eastern Regional Director, Rachel Swirsky and E.C. Myers for their hard work and dedication throughout their respective terms.

About the new Board members:

Cat Rambo is on the road through the end of 2014 and may be coming soon to a city near you. Her 200+ fiction publications include stories in Asimov’sClarkesworld Magazine, and Tor.com as well as reprints in Catalan, Czech, Estonian, Galician, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and (quite frequently) audio form.  Her short story, “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” from collection Near + Far, was a 2012 Nebula nominee. Her editorship of Fantasy Magazine earned her a World Fantasy Award nomination in 2012 and she most recently guest-edited Lightspeed Magazine’s Women Destroying Fantasy issue. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, the Johns Hopkins University, and the Clarion West Writers workshop. Among her accomplishments, she once won a hula contest judged by Neil Gaiman, has ridden an elephant, and is a Maryland-certified Master Gardener. For more about her, as well as links to her blog and fiction, see kittywumpus.net or find her on most social media networks as catrambo.

 

Sarah Pinsker  is the author of the novelette “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,” winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award in 2014 and 2013 Nebula Award finalist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Lightspeed, and in anthologies including Long HiddenFierce Family, and The Future Embodied.

She co-hosts the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s Dangerous Voices Variety Hour, a reading series/quiz show. She is also a singer/songwriter and toured nationally behind three albums on various independent labels: (Charmed, disappear records; Wingspan, Reinventing Records; This is Your Signal, The Beechfields, with the Stalking Horses). A fourth is forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland and can be found online at
She co-hosts the Baltimore Science Fiction Society’s Dangerous Voices Variety Hour, a reading series/quiz show. She is also a singer/songwriter and toured nationally behind three albums on various independent labels: (Charmed, disappear records; Wingspan, Reinventing Records; This is Your Signal, The Beechfields, with the Stalking Horses). A fourth is forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland and can be found online at sarahpinsker.com and twitter.com/sarahpinsker.

*All current directors were elected under the previous bylaws which mandated region specific Directors and three year terms. Our new bylaws bylaws mandate Directors-at-Large which are not region specific and have two year terms. As directors’ old terms expire, replacements and incumbents will run for the new two-year terms voted on by the entire active membership.

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Today marks four weeks since the evening of the UK Blog Awards 2016 and the launch of UK Blog Relations. We hope you agree that the evening provided great memories, inspiration and encouragement for the industry.

We are excitedly already planning for UKBA17. Entries and nominations will go live in October 2017. For full details, check out the Rules and Terms.

We always believe in continuing recognition post event, therefore we were delighted to catch up with our individual and company winners to find out what makes them stand out from the Blogging crowd, as well as their future plans.

Insight into UK Blog Awards 2016 Company Winning Blogs
Insight into UK Blog Awards 2016 Individual Winning Blogs 

Be Apart of the UK Blog Relations Community
We Focus on Relationships and Influence.
Not Reach.

Over the past three years, the UK Blog Awards has worked hard to provide recognition across industry sectors for individual and companies who produces digital content. In this time, we have watched the Blogging industry change and grow.

One thing that is clear is that no other platform connects brands, Bloggers and Vloggers like Blogging has. The fad that many expected Blogging to be, only keeps growing.

Individuals have had the opportunity to create their own voice, community and network. However connecting your Blog story with the right brands and PRs can sometimes prove a challenge to break down those digital walls.

This is why we have developed, UK Blog Relations. UK Blog Relations is a platform that will allow you as a company or individual to connect and build relationships not only from a digital aspect but also in person.

We believe that Bloggers should not be used as a outreach tool and it is important for brands and bloggers to form the right relationships to work with each other effectively.

Join Today!

Launching at the end of June!

It’s really easy to begin your journey to create the right content partnerships.

Here are some of the interactions that UK Blog Relations will provide:

# Collaborations
# Giveaways
# Competitions
# Events
# Workshops
# Webinars

Don’t Forget to View all the video footage from the UK Blog Awards 2016!

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