ISFiC Writers Contest Winner

Mary Mascari won the ISFiC Writer’s Contest with her story “The Pod.” The contest is sponsored by ISFiC in conjunction with Windycon. Mascari won a membership at Windycon, room night, and $300. Her story was published in the con program book. This year’s contest was judged by Bill Fawcett, Roland Green, and Elizabeth Anne Hull. This is Mascari’s second ISFiC Writer’s Contest victory, joining previous two-time winners Richard Chwedyk and C.T. Fluhr.

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TAFF Race

Warren Buff, Kim G. Kofmel, and Jacqueline Monahan have declared they are running for TAFF, to travel to the United Kingdom for Eastercon in 2012. The official ballot will be posted in the next few days.

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Tor.com Giving Away Worldcon Membership

To celebrate the completion of Jo Walton’s series on Hugo Award winners, Tor.com has announced a drawing to give away a membership (either attending or supporting) to Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, scheduled to be held in Chicago from August 30-September 3, 2012.

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Hydra Competition

Christopher Kastensmidt’s The Elephant and Macaw Banner and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show are sponsoring the Hydra Competition to find the best sf short story published in Brazil during 2009 and 2010. The winner, selected by Card, will be translated from Portuguese into English by Kastensmidt for publication in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. The submission period is 1 July through 15 August.

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Cake Takes the DUFF

David Cake won DUFF (the Down Under Fan Fund) over Paula McGrath. On his third race to come from Down under to North America, Cake received 80 votes to McGrath’s 57. A total of 148 votes were cast, with the remaining split between “No Preference,” “Hold Over,” and “None of the Above.” Cake will travel to North America to attend Renovation, this year’s Worldcon.

Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now Winners

Terry Pratchett has announced the winners of the first Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now writing contest. Two works, David Logan’s Half Sick of Shadow and Michael Logan’s Apocalypse Cow will receive a publishing contract from Transworld and will split the £20,000 prize. The two winners are not related.

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Lapses Contest

The Mariposa Writers’ Group is holding a writing contest in conjunction with the Lake County Literary Lapses. Entrants should not have been commercially published and pieces (no longer than 2,000 words) may be fiction or non-fiction. There is a Can$15 entry fee for each submission and the deadline is July 15.

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DUFF Nominees

David Cake and Paula McGrath have been announced as the nominees for this year’s DUFF (Down Under Fan Fund) race. The winner of the race will travel to North America to attend Renovation and also tour North America. Anyone who were active in fandom before January 1, 2011 may vote. The voting deadline is March 31.

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Terry Pratchett Anywhere but Here, Anywhen but Now First Novel Prize Short List

The short list for Terry Pratchett’s Anywhere but Here, Anywhen but Now First Novel Prize has been announced. The winner will receive a £20,000 advance on a publishing contract. The winner will be announced on May 31.

  • Postponing Armageddon, by Adele Abbott
  • The Platinum Ticket, by Dave Beynon
  • Half Sick of Shadows, by David Logan
  • Apocalypse Cow, by Michael Logan
  • Lun, by Andrew Salomon
  • The Coven at Callington, by Shereen Vedam

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Jim Baen Memorial Contest Winners

The winners of the 2011 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 2011 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: “That Undiscovered Country,” by Nancy Fulda
  • 2nd Place: “Gemini XVII,” by Brad Torgersen
  • 3rd Place: “Natural Selection,” by Michael Simon

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