Cycling for Cancer

Author Joel Shepherd will be bicycling from Bangor, Maine to Washington, DC from August 9-27 to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research Institute (CRI). Shepherd will be live tweeting his journey and invites fans to follow him on twitter, Facebook, and to donate to the cause.

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Dreamers of Wonder

Beth Gwinn is trying to raise funds to publish Dreamers of Wonder, a collection of science fiction author photos she has taken over the past thirty-four years. This book would be a follow-up to her 2000 book Dark Dreamers. Gwinn has created a Kickstarter to try to finance the project.

Sullivan to Corflu

The administrators for Corflu 50, Rich Coad and Rob Jackson, have announced that they have offered Geri Sullivan a free membership to next year’s convention in Newcastle, UK. In addition to the membership, Corflu 50 is trying to raise the funds to fly Sullivan over to the UK for the convention. Members and non-members are invited to donate to help cover the costs. In the US, checks can be made out to Rich Coad, at 2132 Berkeley Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95401; or PayPal to richcoad@gmail.com. In the UK, cheques can be made out to Rob Jackson, at Chinthay, Nightingale Lane, Hambrook, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 8UH, or by PayPal to jacksonshambrook@uwclub.net.

Gulliver Grant Available

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announces the application period for our Gulliver Travel Research Grant is open until September 30. The winner for the grant is expected to be announced by November 15, 2014. The Travel Grant is an award of $800 to be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other travel expenses incurred during research for a work of fiction.

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CUFF Winner

Travers Milo has been announced as the CUFF (Canadian Unity Fan Fund) delegate to Canvention 34 in Vancouver, which will be held concurrently with VCON 39 the weekend of October 3-5. Because Milo was unopposed, CUFF raised no money during the selection process and the current administrators are requesting donations via Cash, Cheque, PayPal, or email to debra.yeung@gmail.com in order to help fund Milo’s delegate’s trip.

Help Hadley Rille

Hadley Rille Publishers is holding a crowdsourcing event in order to gain the capital to expand its publishing program. Hadley Rille has been publishing science fiction novels and anthologies since 2005, when it was founded by Publisher Eric Reynolds. Reynolds has set a goal of raising $12,500 for use in a marketing campaign aimed at raising the awareness of Hadely Rille books and authors.

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SLF Offers Diversity Grants

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced two new grants, the Diverse Writers Grant and the Diverse Worlds Grant. The Diverse Writers Grant is intended to support new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, including writers of color, women, queer writers, disabled writers, working-class writers, and those whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing and/or publishing process. The Diverse Worlds Grant is intended for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background. Applications for the grants, each of which is for $500, are being accepted through September 15.
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Phillips Wins TAFF

Curt Phillips has been declared the winner of the Eastbound TAFF Race this year and will attend Loncon 3 as the North American delegate. Phillips won with an outright majority in a field that included Brad & Cindy Foster and Randy Smith.

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GUFF Ballot On-Line

As previously noted, “Alison Barton, Samara Morgan, Gillian Polack, and Shay Telfer are this year’s candidates for GUFF, the Get-Up-and-Over Fan Fund. The winner of the race will travel from Autralasia to Europe for Loncon 3, next year’s Worldcon in London. GUFF is not limited by geography, so anyone may vote.” The ballot is now on-line, with voting set to end on June 9.

The Ballot

Dance Like a Monkey Anthology

Jean Rabe has announced a crowd-sourcing campeign to fund the publication of Dance Like a Monkey, and anthology to create a grant to help support author C.J. Henderson, who is battling non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. All of the authors, artists, publishers, graphic designers, and other professionals involved in this project have assigned what would have been their portions of this anthology to that grant. Participants include Mike Resnick, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, Jack Dann, Joe Haldeman, Joe Haldeman, Gene Wolfe, and many more. Their indiegogo campaign runs through May 1 with the goal of raising $7,500.

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