call for nominations: SFRA Innovative Research Award

Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA)
Open Call for Nominations: 2022 SFRA Innovative Research Award
Deadline for nominations: February 6, 2023

The SFRA Innovative Research Award

The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) invites nominations for the 2022 Innovative Research Award. The award is announced annually at the SFRA conference and is awarded to the writer (or writers) of the year’s best critical essay-length work published in a peer-reviewed academic journal. Formerly known as the Pioneer Award, the SFRA Innovative Research Award was renamed in 2019 following lengthy discussions and a community vote. For a list of past winners:

Please note: Only peer-reviewed journal articles published in 2022 are eligible for submission. A maximum of two submissions is welcomed per person, and it is possible to self-nominate. Past winners will not be considered for this award, so please refer to the list of winners before submitting your nomination if you believe the author has won in the past. All nominations will remain anonymous.

For all inquiries or to submit a nomination, please send the author’s name, title of article and the journal and pages in which the article appeared to the committee chair Anna Kurowicka at Please also include the article as an attachment. The deadline for submissions in February 6, 2023.

SFRA22 Student Paper Award

SFRA student members (both graduate and undergraduate): Please consider submitting your conference presentation from the SFRA22 Oslo conference for consideration for the Graduate Student Paper Award. It’s a great opportunity to have your work honored by your sf peers and to build lines for your CV.
In order to be eligible, all you have to do is send in the paper that you presented as you presented it (no revised or extended versions, other than light editing to correct typos). Please attach all presentations (preferably in Microsoft Word or PDF format; including presentation files from PowerPoint or Prezi is fine) to an email with the subject line “SFRA Student Paper Award Submission” and send them to Josh Pearson ( The deadline for submission is Friday, September 2.
Only one entry per person, please.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the chair of the committee, Josh Pearson, directly at the above email.
The committee looks forward to reading your work!

SFRA Treasurer Changeover

Dear SFRA, I wanted to let the organization know that Jess FitzPatrick has stepped back from her role as treasurer. We on the executive committee would like to thank Jess for her work as treasurer, and welcome Tim Murphy (Oklahoma State University) and thank him for steeping into the post. Per the association bylaws, he will serve out the rest of the term.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

All best, Gerry Canavan SFRA President

SFRA Executive Board and Award Committees

Dear Members,
Do you see yourself as a committed member of the Science Fiction community? Are you a member of the Science Fiction Research Association and feel like you want to do more? Are you organized, efficient, and communicative?
If you answered yes, read on!
* We are currently seeking nominations for two positions in the SFRA EC: Secretary and President. These are volunteer positions and the length of term is three years, though the President is expected to stay on as the Immediate Past President for another three years. Full descriptions of these positions can be found in the SFRA bylaws, here [Article V, Sections 2 & 4]. Elections will be held at the end of 2022 and term of office will begin January 2023. Please do not be shy to nominate yourselves!
* We are also looking to fill out some of the positions that were created or modified during the bylaw revisions: Development Officer and a US Outreach Officer. These officers will be appointed by the President and confirmed by the EC. Further information can be found here [Article V, Sections.13 & 15]
* We will be piloting the “at large” role with two one-year postings. We are especially looking to recruit candidates who are graduate students, non-Tenure Track, non-US, and/or from marginalized communities not historically represented on the executive board. Further information can be found here [Article V. Section 10]

* SFRA is seeking volunteers to serve on its many award committees. Judges serve a three-year term, including chairing the committee their third and final year. Information on the different awards can be found here.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please send an email to Keren Omry, at, for more information. Be sure to let me know which position you would like to be considered for or which committees you are interested in potentially serving on.

The executive committee of SFRA is especially interested in including new voices from the membership in each of these roles. It is a great way to deepen your relationship with SFRA.
Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.
Keren Omry

University of Haifa, Dept. of English
Science Fiction Research Association, Immediate Past President
Palgrave SFF: A New CanonSeries Co-editor