The Science Fiction Writers of America announced to members yesterday that Dorchester Publishing, after failing to fulfill their contractual obligations to SFWA members, has been removed from the list of qualifying SFWA markets. Dorchester was put on probation on December 10, 2010 for not paying royalties when contractually specified and for distributing books in formats they had not legally secured rights to. Although some effort has been made, because Dorchester did not fulfill SFWA’s requirements during their probation period, their removal from the SFWA qualifying markets list is effective from the start of their probation period, December 10, 2010.
In related news, Dorchester’s sole remaining editorial staff, Chris Keeslar, is no longer employed with the company as of January 31, 2012. Keeslar sent an email to colleagues which directs general questions to Hannah Wolfson (firstname.lastname@example.org), rights questions to Sam Hazell (email@example.com), accounting questions to Loretta Falk (firstname.lastname@example.org), royalties questions to Brian Chinn (email@example.com), and the ordering of any trade paperbacks to Kelley Allen (firstname.lastname@example.org).