ISFiC Writers Contest Winner

M. Aruguete won the ISFiC Writer’s Contest with her story “Catamount.” The contest is sponsored by ISFiC in conjunction with Windycon. Aruguete won a membership at Windycon, room nights, and $300. Her story was published in the con program book. This year’s contest was judged by Richard Chwedyk, Roland Green, and Elizabeth Anne Hull.

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MidAmeriCon II Hugo Base Contest

MidAmeriCon II has announced a contest to design the base of this year’s Hugo Award. Design proposals will be accepted until January 18, 2016, and the winner will be selected by late February. The winner of the base design competition will receive a full attending membership for the convention and will be invited to take part in the public unveiling of the design.

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SFWA Releases Accessibility Guidelines

In 2014, SFWA developed an accessibility checklist for its internal events, such as the Nebula Award Weekend or the New York Reception. SFWA has now elected to make the checklist public and available to other events which may desire to have some guidelines. The guidelines were developed by Matthew Johnson, Teresa Frohock, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Bill Thomasson, and Tanya Washburn, and have been used at multiple SFWA events.

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Joshi Returns Awards

In response to the announcement that the World Fantasy Award would be retiring the bust of H.P. Lovecraft that it has been using, scholar and World Fantasy Award winner S. T. Joshi has announced that he will be returning his two awards, declining any future nominations, and refusing to attend any future World Fantasy Conventions. Joshi won the World Fantasy Award in the Special-Professional category in 2005 for scholarship and the Special-Non-Professional category in 2013 for Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes 1 & 2. He has been nominated three additional times.

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World Fantasy Awards

The World Fantasy Awards were presented on November 8 at World Fantasy Con in Saratoga Springs, NY. This year’s judges included Gemma Files, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Bénédicte Lombardo, Bruce McAllister, and Robert Shearman. At the ceremony, David Hartwell announced the decision to discontinue the Gahan Wilson designed bust of H. P. Lovecraft in future years.

  • Novel: The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
  • Novella: We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory
  • Short Fiction: Do You Like to Look at Monsters?, by Scott Nicolay
  • Anthology: Monstrous Affections, edited by Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant
  • Collection (tie): Gifts for the One Who Comes After, by Helen Marshall; The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, by Angela Slatter
  • Artist: Samuel Araya
  • Special Award – Professional: Sandra Kasturi & Brett Alexander Savory, for ChiZine Publications
  • Special Award – Nonprofessional: Ray B. Russell & Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press
  • Life Achievement Winners: Ramsey Campbell, Sheri S. Tepper

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Westercon Pass-alongs

The chairs of Westercons 67, 68, and 69 have announced plans to start pass-along funds for Westercons modeled after the system in use by Worldcons since 1987. Since each Westercon is a stand-alone event, pass-along funds will help each Westercon achieve financial viability. Westercons 67 and 68 will start the fund by passing along funds to the 2016 Westercon, to be held in Portland, OR.
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San Jose in 2018 Invites GoH Input

The committee trying to bring the 2018 Worldcon to San Jose has announced that they are taking suggestions for Guests of Honor in several categories, including Writing, Editing, Art, Music, Science, and Fandom. Generally Worldcon GoHs should have a career spanning at least 30 years and still be relevant to the community. It is rare that a previous Guest of Honor is honored a second time. Recommendations, along with an explanation for why they should be honored, may be sent to

New Wiscon Chair Named

Aileen Wall has been named chair for Wiscon 40, taking over from interim chair Jackie Lee, who has held that position since the original co-chairs, Andrea Horbinski and s.e. smith, resigned at the beginning of October. Wall served as hotel co-liaison at Wiscon 39 and was the MC for the Sunday night Dessert Salon and Guest of Honor speeches for Wiscons 38 and 39.

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Reversal of TAFF

The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) Administrators, Nina Horvath, Curt Phillips, and Jim Mowatt, have announced that they will reverse the direction of the 2016 race to allow a European fan to attend the Worldcon in Kansas City. By running another East-West Race in 2016, it means that 2017 will be a race to send a North American fan to the Helsinki Worldcon.

Loscon 42 Writing Contest

Loscon 42, which will be held from November 27-29, will be holding a writing contest for aspiring authors. Writers can enter stories in three categories: Youth (6-12), Young adult (13-20), or Adult (21 plus). Stories may be fantasy or science fiction between 500 and 1,000 words. Youth can supplement their stories with pictures (each picture counting as 50 words towards the word count). Submissions are due by October 31 and should be sent to