The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Board of Directors and Nebula Awards Committee have announced two major updates to the Nebula Awards rules. The first expands voting privileges to Associate Members; formerly, only Active Members of SFWA could vote on the Nebula Awards. The second change was to add Game Writing as an award category; eligible works are defined as “an interactive or playable story-driven work which conveys narrative, character, or story background.” Both are effective November 15, 2018.
SFWA announced the reasoning behind the decisions in the official announcement:
For many years, becoming an Active Member of SFWA has been a landmark moment in a science fiction and/or fantasy writer’s career, marking their ascent to the ranks of professional writers. But SFWA has always benefited from including Associate Members in our activities, as experts, volunteers, and colleagues. Welcoming Associate Members as full voters in the Nebulas represents an acknowledgement of the importance of the full life-cycle of a writer’s career in our rich SFF publishing ecosystem.
In 2016, SFWA welcomed Game Writers as members. Game Writing is an increasingly important SFF storytelling medium that expands the realm of the possible in ever-changing ways. By establishing Game Writing as a separate Nebula category, SFWA is recognizing that as technology changes, the media for storytelling change, and excellence in writing is not confined to books, stories, and scripts.
Read more about the rule changes, as well as minor changes involving podcasts/audiobooks and serial works, in SFWA’s official announcement. The 54th annual Nebula Conference will take place May 16-19, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA.