Gillian Polack was named the GUFF winner in a field that included a total of five competitors. Polack will travel to the United Kingdom to participate in Loncon 3 later this year.
The winners of the 2014 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest, sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society, have been announced. The contest looks for stories which explore the promise of space exploration. The winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at the normal paying rates for professional stories and receive an award, membership to the 2014 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society, and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.
- Grand Prize: “Low Arc,” by Sean Monaghan
- 2nd Place: “Balance,” by Marina J. Lostetter
The gold and silver medal winners for this year’s Spectrum Awards were announced at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, held in Kansas City, MO the weekend of May 9-11.
- Gold Advertising: “The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies,” by Kent Williams
- Silver Advertising: “A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year,” by Victo Ngai
- Gold Books: The End of the Road, by Nicolas Delort
- Silver Book: Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles, by Scott Gustafson
- Gold Comics: The Red Door, by Thomas Campi
- Silver Comics: Seasons, page 1, by Mark A. Nelson
- Gold Concept Art: “Refugees,” by Theo Prins
- Silver Concept Art: “John Carter Punches a Thark,” by Vance Kovacs
- Gold Dimensional: “Vertical Man-Tank, 1892,” by The Shiflett Bros.
- Silver Dimensional: “Hot Diggety Dog,” by Colin & Kristine Poole
- Gold Editorial: “The Insects of Love,” by Tran Nguyen
- Silver Editorial: “Hair Tree,” by Yuko Shimizu
- Gold Institutional: “Shared Eyewear,” by Bill Carman
- Silver Institutional: “Blacksea,” by Justin Sweet
- Gold Unpublished: “The Long Walk Home,” by Omar Rayyan
- Silver Unpublished: “Riding Horse on the Freezing Day,” by Yukari Masuike
- Grand Master Award: Iain McCaig
Juanita Coulson won DUFF (the Down Under Fan Fund) over Aurora Celeste. Wright received 42 votes to Celeste’s 24. Wright will travel to Australia for Continuum X, the 53rd Australia national convention, to be held on June 6-9. Coulson previously planned to run for DUFF in 2012, but that year, voters elected to Hold Over Funds.
Baen Books, in conjunction with Gen Con, has announced the creation of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. The annual award will be presented to an original work of epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, or contemporary fantasy no longer than 8,000 words. The inaugural submission period is May 1 through June 30 of 2014. The contest will be judged by the Baen staff with final judging by Larry Correia. The winner’s work will be published on the Baen website with the winner receiving professional pay and a selection of Baen Books.
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The winners of the grand prizes for the Writers/Illustrators of the Future Award were announced in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The contests were founded by L. Ron Hubbard to promote science fiction
- Writers of the Future: Randy Henderson for “Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask”
- Illustrators of the Future: Trevor Smith
Christopher Kastensmidt’s The Elephant and Macaw Banner and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show have announced the winner of the Hydra Competition to find the best sf short story published in Brazil during 2011 and 2012. Camila Fernandes’s story “The Other Bank of the River” was selected by Card and translated from Portuguese into English by Kastensmidt. It will appear in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show.
The finalists for this year’s Spectrum Awards for art have been announced. The gold and silver medal winners in each category will be announced at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, held in Kansas City, MO the weekend of May 9-11.
- “Little Monsters,” by Anita Kunz
- “A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year,” by Victo Ngai
- “Hiversaires”, Gabriel Verdon
- “The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies,” by Kent Williams
- “Go Into the Gate,” by Shu Yan
- The End of the Road, by Nicolas Delort
- Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles, by Scott Gustafson
- Fire: the Road Beside the Wall, by John Harris
- The Golden Apple Tree 1, by Petar Meseldzija
- Dreamboats, Lilies, Koi and Chang Kuo-lao, by Kirsti Wakelin
- The Red Door, by Thomas Campi
- All Corners of the Country: The Lost Buildings #4, by He Jie Mona
- Clive Barker’s Next Testament #6, by Goni Montes
- Seasons, page 1, by Mark A. Nelson
- Aliens #1, cover by David Palumbo
- “Ackzero Interior,” by Jamie Jones
- “John Carter Punches a Thark,” by Vance Kovacs
- “Messenger Girl,” by Brian Matyas
- “Kite City 2,” by Theo Prins
- “Refugees,” by Theo Prins
- “Don’t Mind Me,” by Jessica Dalvo
- “Hot Diggety Dog,” by Colin & Kristine Poole
- “Goblin Spider,” by Forest Rogers
- “Vertical Man-Tank, 1892,” by The Shiflett Bros.
- “Grimm Tales: Thousandfurs,” by Shaun Tan
- “Rumor of Angels,” by Nicolas Delort
- “Fragile Planet,” by Bill Mayer
- “The Insects of Love,” by Tran Nguyen
- “Hair Tree,” by Yuko Shimizu
- “Recall,” by Luo Xin
- “The Hag Griselle Pays a Visit,” by Ed Binkley
- “Shared Eyewear,” by Bill Carman
- “Huor and Hurin Approach Gondolin,” by Donato Giancola
- “Blacksea,” by Justin Sweet
- “Ascent of Man,” by Rebecca Yanovskaya
- “Lady of Light,” by Audrey Benjaminsen
- “Riding Horse on the Freezing Day,” by Yukari Masuike
- “Ode to the Moon,” by Jean-Baptiste Monge
- “The Long Walk Home,” by Omar Rayyan
- “Lilaia the Naiad,” by Annie Stegg
Loncon 3, this year’s Worldcon, has announced a photography contest, open to amateur and professional photographers. Photographers can enter their works in three different categories: Alien Earth, Future Cities Today, or a Junior category open to anyone under 16. The junior category has a £2 entry fee and the other categories have a £10 entry fee. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, with winners who are not members of Loncon 3 receiving a day pass to the convention as well. Submission deadline is April 30, 2014.
John Hertz and Bill Wright, the DUFF administrators, have announced that this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race is now open for voting. The winner (may) travel to Continuum X in Melbourne, Australia from June 6-9. Juanita Coulson ran in the truncated 2012 race, which went to Hold Over Funds. Votes will be accepted until March 31, 2014.
The candidates are:
- Aurora Celeste
- Juanita Coulson
A DUFF ballot may be downloaded from TAFF. (pdf)