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.
The novel Cinco de Mayo, by Michael Martineck has been named a finalist for the Alberta Readers Choice Awards, presented for favorite work published by an Alberta, Canada-based publisher. Despite being a regional award, anyone may vote. The deadline for voting is the end of May. This is the first time a science fiction novel has made it to the finalists for this award. The nominees include:
- Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness, by Clem and Olivier Martini
- Cinco de Maya, by Michael Martineck
- The Grizzly Manifesto, by Jeff Gailus
- Letters from the Lost: A Memoir of Discovery, by Helen Waldstein Wilkes
- Too Bad: Sketches Toward a Self-Portrait, by Robert Kroetsch
The Seattle Westercon Organizing Committee has announced a bid to host the 2015 Worldcon in Spokane, Washington. Bobbie DuFault and Sally Woehrle are slated to be the co-chairs of the convention should the bid be successful. Fans can support the bid with presupports at $20 or “Friend of the Bid” memberships at $120. Presupports can be obtained online on the bid website or by mail.
Actor Jeff Conaway (b.1950) died on May 27. Conaway may be best known for his roles as Bobby Wheeler on Taxi and Kenickie in Grease, but he also had numerous genre roles including Prince Erik Greystone in the short-lived series Wizards and Warriors, Willy in Pete’s Dragon, and Zack Allen on Babylon 5.
Fan artist Terry Jeeves died on May 29. Jeeves was a founder of the British Science Fiction Association and served as editor of its ‘zine, Vector. He also published his own fanzine, Erg for more than forty years and was the co-editor of Triode with Eric Bentcliffe. Jeeves won the Doc Weir Award for service to British fandom , the Rotsler Award, and in 2010 was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame. In 2010, Thomas Sadler published Wartime Daze, a fanzine tribute to Jeeves that included numerous articles and art by Jeeves.