SFWA Service Award

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which sponsors Writer Beware, has chosen me to receive this year’s SFWA Service Award for my work with Writer Beware.

Here’s the official press release.

This is very, very cool, and I’m truly honored. By rights, half of the award belongs to Ann–not only is she Writer Beware’s co-founder, she ranks me on the Writing Scams Committee. But she and her husband, former SFWA President Michael Capobianco, received a joint SFWA Service Award a few years ago for their many years of service as officers and volunteers, and I guess this is the kind of award you can’t get twice.

I’m grateful to SFWA for standing behind Writer Beware for the past ten years. Ann and I do the work, but without SFWA’s steadfast and ongoing support, we could not exist. And I’m deeply grateful to all of you–the many writers who read this blog, who visit the Writer Beware website, and who contact us to share their stories. Without you, we couldn’t exist either.

Here’s to ten more years–at least–of exposing schemes and busting scams.


  1. Congratulations, and many thanks for all you do to help writers! Posting this news on the Warnings for Writers Facebook now.

  2. Congratulations, Victoria!

    As a writer and as a cheerleader for this industry called books, I can’t thank you enough for all you do.

  3. What wonderful news, Victoria! Your service to the writing community-at-large speaks for itself. This award is a long time coming, and richly deserved.

    Thanks again for your meticulous presentation of scam information!


  4. Congratulations! Thanks so much for your service. I never submit or enter a contest without checking first here and at Preditors and Editors.

  5. Ah, Victoria, this one is well-deserved.

    Many congratulations on this, and on your continuing achievements here at Writer Beware. You’ve touched the lives of so many of us with the work you do here, and we appreciate you more than you could possibly understand.

  6. Also adding my congratulations to a well deserved award! I’m glad that all your hard work is being properly recognised! 🙂

  7. Well done!! As a writer who’s been done over by two publishers now the more that’s done to expose these bastards the better. Keep up the good work.

  8. great, well deserved, especially after the recent debacle.

    A great service. I’m sure you’ve saved a lot of overenthusiastic people from getting conned out of a lot of money.

    Gina Black, please change your photo, it freaks me out and is well, horrendous yuck

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