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This Week in Fandom, Volume 22

The Hugo Awards announced its winners this weekend, and it was bad news for the asinine ‘Puppy’ movement, which encourages Hugo voters to select works that do not feature progressive messages and that are not written by women or people of colour. The coveted Best Novel prize was awarded to N.K. Jemisin, a Black woman, for The Fifth Season. The book takes place on a planet plagued by an occasional season of nightmarish climate change and is available on Amazon and through other book retailers. Add it to your reading list and let us know what you think!


OTW Elections 2016: are you ready? Monthly calendar for 2016 with the 23rd day marked.

OTW Elections 2016: Are You Ready?

It’s almost election time! The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), the nonprofit behind the Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Transformative Works and Cultures and other projects, will hold elections for its Board of Directors on September 23–26, 2016.

In order to vote, you need to be a member of the OTW by August 23, 2016. That means that you have to have made a donation of US$10 or more since September 23, 2015 AND have chosen the “membership” option. If you’re unsure whether this applies to your donation, please contact our Development & Membership team.

If you participate in this Voter Registration Drive, we are offering a special thank-you gift: everyone who donates US$15 or more can receive a three-pack of special OTW election stickers. Don’t miss your chance to vote in this election. Donate today!

5 Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Five Things Sumeria Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Sumeria, who volunteers as a staffer in the Tag Wrangling Committee

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?