Lerner Collection Donation

Fan Fred Lerner has donated his collection of science fiction and fantasy publications to the Columbia University Libraries. Lerner attended Columbia College and received his doctorate from Columbia’s former School of Library Service, where he wrote the dissertation Modern science fiction and its reception by the American literary and educational communities, 1926-1970. His donation is the first such donation made to Columbia and contained nearly complete runs of several science fiction magazines.

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SLF Extends Application Period

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced that it will be extending the application period for its Older Writers’ Grant a second time due to an e-mail glitch that caused most of the e-mail received during the original application period to be lost. They are accepting applications through May 31 and invite anyone who previously submitted to resubmit. The winner is expected to be announced on July 15.

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Sage Hill Writing Workshop

Sage Hill has announced a Writing Workshop for up to six participants to be held from July 23-August 2. The workshop will be taught by Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Spider Robinson. The workshop is targeted at authors who have acquired and moved beyond basic skills in science fiction and speculative writing.The application deadline is April 30.

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Hevelin Collection to Iowa

The University of Iowa Library has announced the donation of Rusty Hevelin’s collection of pulp magazines, fanzines, and science fiction books. Hevelin began collecting pulps in 1930 and his collection includes acquisitions up until his death in 2011. Iowa’s collection already includes the Horvat Collection of Science Fiction Fanzines, the Ming Wathne Fanzine Archive Collection, and a growing body of materials resulting from the Fan Culture Preservation Project.

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Hines Rape Awareness Campaign

Author Jim C. Hines, who has often blogged about gender issues and rape awareness, is holding a fundraiser during April, Rape Awareness Month, to raise funds to support RAINN or local rape crisis centers. Anyone who makes a donation will be entered in a raffle to win a large selection of prizes which have been donated.

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Locus Foundation Kickstarter

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced a Kickstarter program to raise funds to help preserve, protect, digitize, and make available to the public materials collected over the years by Charles N. Brown. The Foundation’s initial goal is to raise $9,500 in 35 days.

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Older Writers Grant Applications Lost

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced that e-mail problems between February 23 and March 8 caused numerous applications and submissions for the SLF Older Writers Grant to bounce. They apologize and invite applicants to resubmit. A grant of $750 is available to any writer of speculative literature older than 50 who is just beginning to work professionally in the field. Applications are due on March 31 with the winner announced on June 1.

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Midlist Writers Grant Announced

Jane Yolen and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators have created a grant for mid-list authors to recognize those who “struggle to remain true to their personal vision and craft.” The first winner, announced at the SCBWI’s annual conference, is Mary Whittington, author of The Patchwork Lady, Troll Games, and Winter’s Child. Whittington received a grant of $2,000.

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Burstein Considers Congress

Author Michael A. Burstein has announced the formation of an Exploratory Committee to consider seeking the Democratic nomination to represent Massachussett’s 4th Congressional District, currently represented by Barney Frank, who has announced his resignation at the end of his current term. Burstein, who has been nominated for 10 Hugo Awards, has served three terms as a trustee for the Brookline (MA) Public Library.

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SLF Older Writers Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced that it is accepting applications for the 2012 Older Writers Grant. A grant of $750 is available to any writer of speculative literature older than 50 who is just beginning to work professionally in the field. Applications are due on March 31 with the winner announced on June 1.

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