OdysseyCon is sponsoring the Sixth Annual OddContest. The contest is open to submissions of 500 words or less, either speculative fiction or prose poetry. Prizes will be awarded for youth and adult. Entrants under 18 may submit a single work for consideration at no charge with a $50 prize for first place. Adults may submit as many pieces as they like with a $10 submission fee per work and a a $500 prize for first place. Prizes also include memberships in OdysseyCon and books. OdysseyCon takes place in Madison, WI the weekend of April 12-14.
British author Stephen Hunt is offering his fans the chance to appear as a character in his next novella. A reader selected at random will give his or her name to the king or queen of the space pirates in Hunt’s work in progress. Hunt is the author of the Jackelian series and the Sliding Void series. The novella will be part of the Sliding Void series.
The winners of the thirteen annual Fantastiknovelltävlingen, a short story contest run by the Swedish e-mail list SKRIVA with support from the writers group Novellmästarna, have been announced. The winners share a €200 prize.
- 1st prize “Hemliga lådan,” by Robin Karlsson (“The Secret Box”)
- 2nd prize “Tvättstugan,” by Jonas Lejon (“The Laundry Room”)
- 3rd prize “Inbjudningskortet,” by Patrik Centerwall (“The Invitation Card”)
For more information… (Swedish)
Chicon 7 presented the following awards for works depicted in the art show, including a Jane Frank Guest of Honor’s Choice Award. Artist Guest of Honor Rowena Morrill, was unable to attend the convention, but was represented by her partner and her sister. Richard Hescox’s piece is included in the Chicon 7 Artist Showcase, which was for sale at the convention. Copies of the 52 page book should continue to be available from Offworld Designs.
- Abrisonde, by Tom Kidd
- Siege Turtle Catapult, by Butch Honeck
- Body of Work, by Elizabeth Berrien
- Cylinders, by Jean-Pierre Normand
- Sky Course Rivalry, by Mitchell Bentley
- Heart of Atlantis, by Richard Hescox
- Jupiter from Io, by delphyne woods
- Primeval, by Caroline Nicita
The Chicon 7 Masquerade was held on August 1. Presentation judges included John Hertz, Bethany S. Padron, and Jon Stopa. The Workmanship judges included Carole Parker and Gregory Rihn. Chicon 7 named their Best in Show (Presentation) Award in honor of Chicon 5 GoH Joni Stopa, who was instrumental in creating modern Masquerades. Chicon 7 also arranged for fans with severe visual impairment to have the opportunity to touch and examine the costumes during the half-time period.
- Most Compelling, Novice: Sith Inquisitor, by S. Kay Nash
- Best Choreography, Novice: Prince Zuko of the Fire, by Torrey Stenmark
- Most Humorous, Novice: Dragon Rider of Pern, by Sharon Bass, Barbara Galler-Smith, and Ita Vanedenbrock
- Best in Class, Novice: Folken Fanel, by Mark Cloud
- Best Re-Creation, Journeyman: Sakura Hime from Tsubasa, by Michelle Mussoni
- Best Original, Journeyman: Mad Madame M’s Marvelous Machine, by Margaret Gentile
- Best in Class, Master: Leather Sole Airship Pirates, by Charles, Kendra, and Paul Wayman
- Joni Stopa Award for Best in Show: Lady of the Lake, by Aurora Celeste
- Wing Work, Novice: Folken Fanel, by Mark Cloud
- Dye Work, Novice: Steampunk Kimono, by Emma Roberts
- Make-Up, Novice: Sith Inquisitor, by S. Kay Nash
- Pattern Modification & Repurposing of Materials, Novice: Dragon Riders of Pern
- Embroidery, Novice: (tie) Sally Ragdoll and Suzaku the Phoenix
- Most Daring Workmanship, Novice: Phedre as Mara
- Best Novice Workmanship: Suzaku the Phoenix
- Form, Journeyman: Gur
- Feathers, Journeyman: Sakura Hime from Tsubasa
- Attention to Detail, Journeyman: Mad Madame M’s Marvelous Machine, by Margaret Gentile
- Best Journeyman Workmanship: Mad Madame M’s Marvelous Machine, by Margaret Gentile
- Nail Work, Master: Prince Zuko of the Fire, by Torrey Stenmark
- Mechanical Work, Master: Leather Sole Airship Pirates, by Charles, Kendra, and Paul Wayman
- Baby Prop, Master: Pleased to Meet You, by Leah Reed, Janet Catherine Johnston, Carol Botteron, Donald Eastlake 3, and Jill Eastlake
- Spinning Wheel Prop, Master: Pleased to Meet You, by Leah Reed, Janet Catherine Johnston, Carol Botteron, Donald Eastlake 3, and Jill Eastlake
- Hats, Master: Welcome to the Future
- Best in Show, Workmanship, Master: Lady of the Lake, by Aurora Celeste
Hold Over Funds won this year’s DUFF contents, meaning nobody will travel to Australia later this month for the National Convention. When DUFF administrators John Hertz and David Cake announced a call for candidates, many fans expressed concern that there wouldn’t be enough time between the voting deadline and the beginning of the Australian con to make plans for a trip and advocated voting for Hold Over Funds. One of the two candidates, Murray Moore announced that he desired to have his votes counted for Hold Over Funds.
The final tally was
Hold Over Funds: 38 NA votes + 19 ANZ
Juanita Coulson: 24 NA votes + 1 ANZ
Murray Moore: 11 NA votes + 2 ANZ
John Hertz and David Cake, the DUFF administrators, have announced that this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race is now open for voting. The winner (may) travel to Continuum in Melbourne, Australia from June 8-11. Due to the late announcement of the race, there is only a fifteen day voting window and many past DUFF administrators are advocating that people vote for Hold Over Funds, stating that a winner announced in early June would not have time to properly plan a trip or buy tickets at a reasonable rate. One of the candidates, Murray Moore, has stated his intention of not traveling to Australia if he wins.
The candidates are:
- Juanita Coulson
- Murray Moore
A DUFF ballot may be downloaded from TAFF. (pdf)
The Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) is looking for candidates for this year’s race to travel from North America to Australia to attend Continuum VIII in Melbourne from June 8-11, 2012. Candidates should contact either David Cake or John Hertz and have three North American nominators and two Australia/New Zealand nominators. Each candidate should also have a 100 word statement and be able to put up a $25 bond. The deadline for declaring candidacies is May 11. Send paper mail to John Hertz at 236 S. Coronado St., No. 409, Los Angeles, CA 90057, U.S.A. or Dave Cake at email@example.com.
Debra Yeung has been selected as this year’s CUFF delegate. She will travel westward to attend thie year’s Canvention, “When Worlds Collide,” in Calgary the weekend of August 10-12. Yeung defeated Jane Garthson, 29-12-1 to win this year’s Canadian United Fan Fund.
Irish television RTÉ is running its Storyland contest, allowing viewers to vote on webisodes of different series with the winner of each round of voting commissioned to make additional episodes, this year, one of the contestants, Victory, is a science fiction series.