Jeremy Flagg served as the Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo for six years when he met a small group of writers who continued meeting throughout the year. Cristina Alden started frequenting the write-ins after NaNoWriMo and the group became known as the Metrowest Writers. During this time, Jeremy published multiple books, primarily focusing on his superhero series while Cristina published her first urban fantasy novel. Among the many conversations one became a reoccurring discussion, indie science fiction and fantasy authors who were transitioning from casual writer to part-time or even full-time didn’t have much in the way of a local community. Over coffee, Jeremy decided to step down as a Municipal Liaison and partner with Cristina to create an organization targeted exclusively to local science fiction and fantasy authors.
The New England Speculative Writers was born on July 5, 2017 under the name “Massachusetts Science Fiction & Fantasy Authors.” Soon after forming the membership beyond Massachusetts started to rise and the name was changed to New England Speculative Writers, to reflect the growing presence in the New England Region and the diversity of the authors involved.
Within the first year, the membership grew to more than 200 authors. Members helped build an online community for discussion and a safe space to discuss topics relating to publishing, craft and marketing. This eventually expanded into in-person meetups and even the first NESW hosted retreat.
In November of 2017, NESW put out its first open call for the anthology, The Final Summons. Gathering work from around New England, the anthology features fourteen science fiction and fantasy authors and foreword by New York Times Best Seller, Craig Martelle. The anthology is set to be released in early February 2019.