Finnish fan Jukke Halme was named the GUFF winner in a field that included a total of one competitor, so his victor was practically assured. Halme will travel to Brisbane, Australia for Contact, the 2016 Australian Natcon, to be held March 25-28, 2016.
CanSMOF has announced the recipients of three scholarships for use in attending SMOFcon 33. The scholarships allow conrunners to attend SMOFCon, which will be held this year in Dallas/Fort Worth TX, December 4-6, 2015.
- Canadian Citizen/Resident Scholarship: Lisa Macklem (London, Ontario)
- Non-North American Resident Scholarship: Maree Pavletich (Auckland, New Zealand)
- Unrestricted Scholarship: Split between Keri O’Brien (Overland Park, KS) and Deanna Sjolander (Kansas City, MO)
R. Graeme Cameron announced the winners of the FanEd Awards at VCon in Vancouver the weekend of October 2-4.
- Best Fan Artist: Taral Wayne
- Best Fan Writer: Dale Speirs
- Best LOC Writer: Lloyd Penny
- Best Canadian Fanzine: BCSFAzine
- Hall of Fame: Joseph “Beak” Taylor — Eight-Ball/Canadian Fandom.
The winners of the 2015 Geffen Awards were announced at Icon in Tel Aviv during the weekend of September 30-October 2. The awards are presented by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and are named after the late Amos Geffen, one of the first Israeli SF editors and translators.
- Best Translated Science Fiction Book: The Martian , by Andy Weir; translated by Didi Chanoch
- Best Translated Fantasy Book: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman; translated by Didi Chanoch
- Best Translated YA Book: Ozma of Oz and Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz , by L. Frank Baum; translated by Gili Bar-Hillel Semo
- Best Original Hebrew SF&F Short Story: “Five Four Three Two One,” by Hila Benyovich-Hoffman
- Best Original Hebrew Book: Broken Skies, by Keren Landsman
The Rebel Award, Phoenix Award, the Rubble Award, and a new Fleur de Fan Award were all presented at DeepSouthCon 53/ContraFlow V in New Orleans, LA. The Rebel and Phoenix Awards are official awards, while the Rubble is an unofficial, but traditional award. The Rebel Award is presented for service to Southern fandom by a fan. the Phoenix is given for support by a pro of Southern fandom and/or professional work reflecting positively on the South, and the Rubble is given for the fan who’s done the most to Southern Fandom. The new Fleur de Fan Award is presented by Contraflow.
- Rebel Award: Frank Sciotta, for being an instrumental volunteer at many conventions and Michael Scott, founder of CoastCon
- Phoenix Award: Diana Rowland and Robert Asprin
- Rubble Award: The Force of Gravity for taking away Ned Brooks so recently
Fleur de Fan Awards
- Pro Fleur de Fan Award: Toni Weisskopf, for her support of ContraFlow
- Fan Fleur de Fan Award: Area 51 for amazing room parties
- Fan Fleur de Fan Award: Walter M. Scott, local fan and volunteer
ETA: Addition Fleur de Fan winners.
The 2015 Sunburst Award winners have been announced. The Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is a juried award given to a Canadian writer for a book length work of SF. The prize comes with a hand-crafted medallion and Can$1,000. The jurors for the 2015 award were S.M. Beiko, Gerard Collins, Paula Johanson, Corey Redekop and Sherryl Vint. Due to the number of submissions, the Sunburst Committee has decided to defer the start of the short fiction category until 2016.
- Sunburst Award: The Back of the Turtle , by Thomas King
- Sunburst Young Adult Award: Tin Star, by Cecil Castellucci
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 2013 and 2014. 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 5 October through 11 November.
For more information… (in Portuguese)
For more information… (in English)
Steve Davidson has announced the top three finalists for the inaugural Gernsback Writing Contest, held by Amazing Stories. The final round of judging was accomplished by Cat Rambo, Dave Creek, and Jack Clemons. The top ten finalists will all have their stories published in an Amazing Stories anthology with the three top finalists also published on-line. All will receive professional rates. The top three finalists are:
- “Lost Phoenixes,” by Stuart Barton
- “Size of the Fight,” by Matthew Downer
- “Penny of Tharsis Montes,” by Sean Monaghan
The Harvey Awards were presented at the Baltimore Comic Con on September 27. The awards, named for Harvey Kurtzmann, recognize excellence in comics and sequential art. This year, Chip Zdarsky declined his Special Award for Humor in Comics noting that the nomination should have recognized his collaboration with Matt Fraction. According to Zdarsky, the committee refused to add Fraction to the ballot or remove Zdarsky from the ballot.
- Best Writer: Mark Waid for Daredevil
- Best Artist: Fiona Staples for Saga
- Best Cartoonist: Terry Moore for Rachel Rising
- Best Letterer: Jack Morelli for Afterlife With Archie
- Best Inker: Danny Miki for Batman
- Best Colorist: Dave Stewart for Hellboy In Hell
- Best Cover Artist: Fiona Staples for Saga
- Most Promising New Talent: Chad Lambert for Kill Me from Dark Horse Presents
- Best New Series: Southern Bastards
- Best Continuing or Limited Series: Saga
- Best Syndicated Strip or Panel: Dick Tracy, by Joe Staton and Mike Curtis
- Best Anthology: Dark Horse Presents
- Best Graphic Album — Original: Jim Henson’s The Musical Monsters Of Turkey Hollow
- Best Graphic Album — Previously Published: Mouse Guard: Baldwin The Brave And Other Tales
- Best Single Issue or Story: “Breaking Out,” Dark Horse Presents #35
- Best Domestic Reprint Project: Steranko Nick Fury Agent Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist’s Edition
- Best American Edition of Foreign Material: Blacksad: Amarillo
- Best Online Comics Work: The Private Eye, by Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente
- Special Award for Humor in Comics:
Chip Zdarsky for Sex Criminals
- Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History, by Andrew Farago
- Best Original Graphic Publication for Young Readers: Lumberjanes
- Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, by Andrew Carl, Josh O’Neill, and Chris Stevens