Science Fantasy Writers of America
"The fans demonstrated slightly more tolerance to the first major effort to form an organization of science fiction pros. An organizing committee was named to construct the projected Fantasy Writers of America, named in the pattern of the Mystery Writers of America. Ted Sturgeon was named provisional national chairman. Regional representatives were also chosen: Groff Conklin for the East, Bob Tucker for the Midwest, and Forrest J Ackerman for the West. Backers of the idea claimed it possessed the signature of every pro present on a manifesto. Goals included higher word rates and bigger royalties, elimination of unfair publishing policies and social benefits."
"The pros continued to use worldcons in their efforts to organize themselves effectively. Earlier that summer, a group known as the Science Fantasy Writers of America had been formed at the fifth Westercon in San Diego. During Chicon II, the new group staged its second meeting, naming Forrest J Ackerman secretary, and deciding to form local chapters after the custom of the Mystery Writers of America. Pros who spoke in favor of a promotional drive included Tony Boucher, John W. Campbell, Jr., Joe Gibson, August Derleth, E. Everett Evans, Judith Merril, Frank Robinson, Philip Jose Farmer, and Hans Santesson. The new group had the prestigious Ray Bradbury as its president."
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