Carl Brandon Society


Carl Brandon Society
PO Box 23336
Seattle, WA 98102

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Writing Excuses Scholarship

The Carl Brandon Society, in conjunction with the crew of the Writing Excuses podcast, is proud to announce the formation of a scholarship aimed at writers of color who wish to attend the second annual Out of Excuses Writing Retreat. Read the full announcement.

Carl Brandon Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Carl Brandon Awards. Tenea D. Johnson's Smoketown won the Carl Brandon Parallax Award for an outstanding work of speculative fiction by a writer of color. Andrea Hairston's Redwood and Wildfire won the Carl Brandon Kindred Award for an oustanding work of speculative fiction dealing with race and ethnicity.

Award Winner Covers

The awards ceremony took place at Arisia 2014 in Janary 2014. Visit the Awards page for more details including the Honors list and the link to the 2013 nominations form.

Statement on June 2013 donation drive

The Carl Brandon Society steering committee has posted a statement regarding the spontaneous donation drive of June 13 and 14, 2013 that raised over $16,000 for the Carl Brandon Society, the Butler Memorial Scholarship, and Con or Bust.

Our Mission

The mission of the Carl Brandon Society is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which speculative fiction, about complex and diverse cultures from writers of all backgrounds, is used to understand the present and model possible futures; and where people of color are full citizens in the community of imagination and progress.

We Value

  • Fantasizing for its own sake, and as an agent of social innovation
  • Literature as a groundspring for social change
  • Creative Innovation in the field of speculative fiction
  • Inclusive Definitions of both genre and audiences
  • A culture of Listening to people of all abilities, genders, and backgrounds, in all fields of endeavor
  • National and international community-building around areas of interest


  • About Us | Learn more about the Carl Brandon Society including the story behind our name, our goals and mission.
  • Blog | Takes you to the Carl Brandon Society blog. This will open a new window.
  • Wiki | Explore and contribute information about people of color in SF with the Carl Brandon Society wiki
  • Awards | Learn more about the Carl Brandon Society Awards.
  • Memberships | Join the Carl Brandon Society or make a donation.
  • Resources | Reading lists, press releases, and more.
  • Con or Bust | Financial support for people of color to attend SF conventions.
  • The Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship

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