DUFF administrators John Hertz and Emma Hawkes have called for candidates to stand for the 2010 GUFF race to bring a fan from Australasia to North America for the 2011 Worldcon, Renovation. Candidates need to have five nominators (3 Australians or New Zealanders, 2 North Americans), a short written platform, post a $25 bond, and a pledge to make the trip if they win.
Derryl Murphy is giving away three prizes related to his forthcoming novel Napier’s Bones. First prize will include a signed, limited edition hardcover of the book, second prize will be a signed trade paperback, and third prize will be a signed poster of the frontispiece. All entries must be received by February 22.
ChiZine Press has announced a review contest. To enter, review of ChiZine Press book and post a review on either Amazon or GoodReads. Send a copy of the review to ChiZine Press using the form on their webpage. Each review sent will enter the writer in a contest to win a free e-book.
The Aeon Award is open for submissions for their 2011 award. Once again, the judges are Ian Watson, Anne McCaffrey, Mike Resnick, and Sam Millar and the grand prize is 1,000 euros and publication in Albedo One. Second and third prize will receive lesser cash amounts as well as publication. New this year, the first place winner will have the option of having the winning story published in Storywire on Authorlink. The Aeon Award is sponsored by the magazine Albedo One.
Odyssey Con is sponsoring its fourth annual poetry/flash fiction contest. The contest has two categories: adult and youth. The adult category has a $10 entry fee and a prize of $500 to first place and an OddCon membership and books to top three finalists. The youth category has no entry fee a prize of $50 to first place and an OddCon membership and books to top three finalists. Entries should be 500 words or less of speculative (SF&F) fiction or prose poetry (paragraph form). This year’s contest is being judged by Marion Boyer. The deadline is January 15.
In honor of the launch of a new Charlaine Harris website with new forums, Penguin is holding a Charlaine Harris Sweepstakes through December 27, 2010. Five entrants will win a stocking and a copy of Dead in the Family, both autographed by Harris. Winners will be announced on January 3, 2011.
Peter F. Hamilton, David Mitchell and 15 other authors are auctioning off tuckerizations while James Sallis and four other authors are auctioning off a writing feedback session as a fundraiser for Autistica, the charity that funds research into early diagnosis, more effective treatments and the causes of autism – a condition which affects one in a hundred children. The auctions run on E-bay through November 21.
Mary Mascari won the ISFiC Writer’s Contest with her story “Lost and Found.” The contest is sponsored by ISFiC in conjunction with Windycon. Mascari won a membership at Windycon, room night, and a gold coin. Her story was published in the con program book. This year’s contest was judged by Jody Lynn Nye, Roland Green, and Elizabeth Anne Hull.
The Carl Brandon Society is sponsoring the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund eReader Drawing. Tickets for the drawing are available for $1 each and will be entered into a drawing for one of five e-readers. each e-reader will come loaded with books, short stories and essays by writers of color from the speculative fiction field including Saladin Ahmed, Ted Chiang, J.K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl, and more. Two Nooks, 2 Kobe Readers, and 1 Alex eReader will be awarded.
Renovation has announced its competition for the 2011 Hugo Award base design. Artists are asked to submit their designs no later than January 1, 2011. The winner will receive a full attending membership to the convention, $250 cash, and a chance to describe the base at the beginning fo the Hugo ceremonies.