| eo-pro speculative
fiction writers can shake the foundations and rattle the
windows of the genres. Through an exchange of ideas, work-related
discussions and the posting of the odd personal manifesto
we can create a communal exercise in self-penetration,
sometimes self-disintegration, and a greater chance of
rebuilding ourselves as better writers.
us an opportunity to be inspired by one another's
successes, learn through critiquing and being critiqued
by other skilled writers, reach new insights, and
sell more of what we write more quickly by sharing
information about the business of writing.
together pro-level speculative fiction writers in the
early stages of their careers who are actively writing.
It was created to:
- Promote exchange of information, ideas, and writing
wisdom among pro-level writers
- Facilitate rapid (7 days or less) short fiction
- Provide a place for a centralized compilation
of writing resources, knowledge, and connections
- Sponsor workshops and other career- and skill-building
- Offer more opportunities for us to shape the future
of speculative fiction
is free, but requires at least one of the following:
1) a fiction sale to either a SFWA-qualifying venue or one on Codex's list of markets that we consider comparable for our particular purposes*
2) an offer of representation for fiction from a literary agent at an established, reputable, and successful agency
3) completion of a major, by-audition-only speculative
fiction writing workshop such as Clarion, Odyssey,
Literary Boot Camp, Clarion West, Viable Paradise, etc.
4) cumulative sales at least 1,000 copies of
one or more self-published works of fiction and received
author income of at least $5,000 from those sales, or
5) nomination for or winning of a qualifying major award for writing
fiction in any form or medium (Campbell, Nebula, Hugo, WGA, etc.)
Codex is a community of people who are actively writing. As a basis for continued participation in Codex, members
stay involved in their writing careers through ongoing research, outlining, revising, writing, submitting, or
other writing work.
*SFWA's list can be found here: SFWA-qualifying markets
We also maintain a small list of markets that are comparable for our purposes. Please e-mail us
to inquire whether a sale to a particular publication qualifies.
If you have sold work to one of these markets, you are qualified on acceptance; you don't have to wait for payment or publication.
We normally respond within one week and often sooner, but there are occasionally periods of longer delays.
To join, fill out this brief membership application form.
If you experience any trouble or have not received a response in a reasonable amount of time, you can also
contact Luc Reid, who handles Codex memberships, through Facebook or through his Web site at
Codex is a privately run organization, and we reserve the right to decline an application
or to close an account
for any reason or no reason, especially in the case of grossly unprofessional or antagonistic behavior
online or elsewhere. However, we're glad to say this is hardly ever necessary.
facilities include an online forum, a concise key
writing resources page, rapid critique system, and
the Spotlight (many of us read several works by one
writer and start a discussion about how that person
can take the writing to the next level). Current
members include Phobos and Writers of the Future
and Literary Boot Camp graduates; and writers whose
work has appeared in a variety of pro venues.