| eo-pro speculative
fiction writers can shake the foundations and rattle the
windows of the genres.
us an opportunity to be inspired by one another's
successes, learn through critiquing and being critiqued
by other skilled writers, reach new insights, and
sell more of what we write more quickly by sharing
information about the business of writing.
together pro-level speculative fiction writers in the
early stages of their careers who are actively writing.
It was created to:
- Promote exchange of information, ideas, and writing
wisdom among pro-level writers
- Facilitate rapid (7 days or less) short fiction
- Provide a place for a centralized compilation
of writing resources, knowledge, and connections
- Sponsor workshops and other career- and skill-building
- Offer more opportunities for us to shape the future
of speculative fiction
is free, but requires at least one of the following:
New Membership Qualifications:
- any sale that paid a SFWA-qualifying rate at the time of publication
- any sale to a paying English-language market that represents an underrepresented
or marginalized demographic (such as Glittership, Anathema, etc) or that publishes
primarily non-Western voices (such as LONTAR, etc.)
- an offer of representation for fiction from a literary agent at an established,
reputable, and successful agency
- completion of a major, by-audition-only speculative fiction writing workshop
such as Clarion, Odyssey, Literary Boot Camp, Clarion West, Viable Paradise, VONA,
- Successful completion of an MFA program in creative writing
- cumulative sales at least 1,000 copies of one or more self-published or
small-press works of fiction and received author income of at least $3,000 from
- nomination for or winning of a qualifying major award for writing fiction in any
form or medium, including but not limited to: Campbell, Nebula, Hugo, WGA, Carl
Brandon Award, Nommo Awards, Chinese Nebula Awards, Galaxy Awards, Seiun Award,
Otherwise Award, Stoker or Shirley Jackson award
If you are unsure if you meet Codex's membership qualifications, we urge you to
contact us, especially if you're from outside the US or from a marginalized group.
We're eager to assist, and look forward to expanding our membership worldwide.
Codex is a community of people who are actively writing. As a basis for continued participation in Codex, members
stay involved in their writing careers through ongoing research, outlining, revising, writing, submitting, or
other writing work.
*SFWA's lists are at the following links: short fiction markets;
We also maintain a small list of markets that are comparable for our purposes. Please e-mail us
to inquire whether a sale to a particular publication qualifies.
If you have sold work to one of these markets, you are qualified on acceptance; you don't have to wait for payment or publication.
A reprint sale to a qualifying market can be used for membership even if it pays less than 6 cents/word.
We normally respond within three weeks, and often sooner.
To join, fill out this brief membership application form.
If you experience any trouble or have not received a response in a reasonable amount of time, you can also
contact the Codex Membership team by e-mail at CodexMembership at GMail dot com.
Codex is a privately run organization, and we reserve the right to decline an application
or to close an account
for any reason or no reason, especially in the case of grossly unprofessional or antagonistic behavior
online or elsewhere. However, we're glad to say this is hardly ever necessary.
facilities include an online forum, a concise key
writing resources page, rapid critique system, and
the Spotlight (many of us read several works by one
writer and start a discussion about how that person
can take the writing to the next level). Current
members include winners of major SFF awards; Clarion and Odyssey
graduates; and writers whose work has appeared in a variety of pro venues.