Book and Bookshelf Giveaway

Chronicle Books and Out of Print Clothing are giving away a bookshelf filled with 50 books as well as Out of Print Clothing merchandise. The drawing will be held on January 4 from anyone who enters before December 27. The books include George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition
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Imagining Indigenous Futurisms

Professor Grace L. Dillon of Portland State University, is running the 7th annual Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Science Fiction Writing Contest. The contest is open through November 1 to any emerging writer with an interest in exploring Indigenous issues through the medium of science fiction. The winner of a $1,000 prize will be selected by Andrea Hairston. Submissions should include a 200 word statement with background and goals in SF and a previously unpublished sf writing sample up to 4,000 words.

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Books for Life

Heywood Hill Bookstore in London is celebrating its 80th anniversary by holding a contest, one winner of which will receive a free book each month for life. Other prizes include a one year subscription to the book-a-month service and a 6 book subscription. Entrants merely need to submit the title of the book that meant the most to them, published since Heywood Hill opened in 1936. The contest runs through October 31.
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Baen Fantasy Award Winner

The winners of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award were announced at Gen Con. The winner’s work will be published on the Baen website with the winner receiving professional pay and a selection of Baen Books.

  • Grand Price: “The Lavender Paladin,” by Shawn Snider
  • First Runner-Up: “Gunfight at the Thornmount Colossus,” by Anthony Lowe
  • Second Runner-Up: “Watching the Door,” by Joel and F. I. Goldhaber

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Geek.Kon Hosts FanFic Contest

Geek.Kon, scheduled to be held in Madison, WI from August 26-28 is holding a fan fiction contest, with the winners being read at a panel at the con, published for the panel’s attendees, and published on the con’s website, with awards presented at the panel. Works should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words in length and the deadline for submission in July 31. All entrants must be members of Geek.Kon.
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McDonald-Sims Wins DUFF

Clare McDonald-Sims won DUFF (the Down Under Fan Fund) in an unopposed race. This was McDonald-Sims second DUFF race. She will travel to North America to attend MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, this year’s Worldcon. Voting totals have not yet been released.

Baker Joins Guardians

SFWA Director of Operations and 2-time Hugo Winner Kate Baker has won the opportunity to spend a day on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 and have lunch with star Chris Pratt. The contest was sponsored by Omaze and raised funds to build a center for the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Stevens, Wisconsin.

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Spectrum Winners

The gold and silver medal winners for this year’s Spectrum Awards were announced at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, held in Kansas City, MO on May 7.

  • Gold Advertising: “The Blessing of Athena,” by Nico Delort
  • Silver Advertising: “24 Hour Movie Marathon,” by Joseph Qui
  • Gold Books: Tom, Thom, by Rovina Cai
  • Silver Book: Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, by Karla Ortiz
  • Gold Comics: Tribes of Kai, page 41, by Daren Bader
  • Silver Comics: Drifter, by Nic Klein
  • Gold Concept Art: “King Louie’s Court,” by Vance Kovacs
  • Silver Concept Art: “Journey to West,” by Te Hu
  • Gold Dimensional: “The Morrigan,” by Forest Rogers
  • Silver Dimensional: “Adelpha and Her Sister,” by Thomas Kuebler
  • Gold Editorial: “Traveling To a Distant Day,” by Tran Nguyen
  • Silver Editorial: “Family Portraithausen: A Tribute to Ray Harryhausen,” by Chris Seaman
  • Gold Institutional: “Exalted Angel,” by Tyler Jacobson
  • Silver Institutional: “Behind the Veil,” by Julie Bell
  • Gold Unpublished: “Bioluminescence,” by Rob Rey
  • Silver Unpublished: “Dust Devil,” by Wayne Haag
  • Rising Star Award: Victor Maury
  • Grand Master Award: Mike Mignola

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Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Winner

The winner of the 2016 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award, 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 2016 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: “Dear Ammi,” by Aimee Ogden
  • 2nd Place: “To Lose the Stars,” by Jennifer Brozek
  • 3rd Place: “Cylinders,” by Ronald D. Ferguson

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DUFF Race Announced

Lucy Huntzinger, Julian Warner, and Justin Ackroyd, the DUFF administrators, have announced that this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race is now open for voting. The winner will travel to MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City from August 17-21. This year’s race only has one nominee, however voting remains important as a means of raising the necessary funds to keep DUFF a continuing concern. Votes will be accepted until May 16, 2016.

The candidate is:

  • Clare McDonald-Sims

A DUFF ballot may be downloaded from TAFF. (pdf)
Voting may be done on-line at this link.