From the mystery writers: "If MWA and Harlequin are unable to reach an agreement, MWA will take appropriate action which may include removing Harlequin from the list of MWA approved publishers, declining future membership applications from authors published by Harlequin and declaring that books published by Harlequin will not be eligible for the Edgar Awards."
From the SFWA: "Further, Harlequin should be on notice that while the rules of our annual Nebula Award do not expressly prohibit self-published titles from winning, it is highly unlikely that our membership would ever nominate or vote for a work that was published in this manner."
From the RWA according to Publishers Weekly: "RWA has deemed Harlequin no longer eligible for RWA-provided conference resources—meaning the publisher is not entitled to enter any award competitions."
Now, I'm scratching my head at this. A publisher does something stupid and writers are penalized by being ineligible for writing awards? Are the awards for the publisher? I thought writing awards were supposed to be for excellent writing? All those years I was voting on the Nebulas, was I supposed to check which publisher was on the spine, or the author?
As a long time member of the SFWA, I apologize for that organization's action.