In January 2019, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America announced that their minimum payment rate for professional short fiction markets (“the SFWA pro rate”) would increase to eight cents per word on September 1, 2019, and that rate has now gone into effect. Only stories sold at 8¢/word or above can qualify authors for membership in SFWA, though writers applying for membership qualify on the basis of the pay rate on the date of contract, so short fiction sold before September 1, 2019 at the old rate of six cents per word still qualify. “This change to the SFWA pro rate is the result of market analyses conducted by SFWA Board members, along with a review of the effects of inflation on author compensation. The SFWA pro rate was last changed in 2014, raising from five to six cents per word, and from three to five cents per word in 2004.” For more, see the SFWA site.
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