Shimmer Program Announced Worldcon Attendees

The Shimmer Program has announced that Shi Ran (Sharon Shi) and Lin Jiayu (Mackenzie Lin) have each won RMB 10,000 to attend and help staff Worldcon 76 in San Jose, California. Lin is currently attending Central China Normal University and Shi has translated woks into Chinese and helped run China’s Galaxy Awards.
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Muddy Colors Scholarship Available

Two scholarships to attend the Illustration Master Class at Muddy Colors is available to fantasy artists. Scholarships cover tuition, meal plan, and housing for the entire 7 day workshop. The workshop will take place in Amherst, MA from June 11-17.
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Anglemark Wins TAFF

Swedish fan Johan Anglemark has won the 2018 TAFF race to send a American fan to Worldcon 76 in San Jose. Anglemark beat out Swedish fan Fia Karlsson and Scottish fan Helena McCallum in a three way race. Voting tallies have not yet been released.
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DUFF Winner

Marlee Jane Ward won DUFF (the Down Under Fan Fund) in an unopposed race. She will travel to the US to attend Worldcon 76, to be held in San Jose from August 16-20. This is the third year in a row DUFF has been uncontested.
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GUFF Race

Marcin Klak and Steve & Alice Lawson are this year’s candidates for GUFF, the Get-Up-and-Over Fan Fund. The winner of the race will travel from Europe to Australasia for Continuum, to be held in Melbourne. GUFF is not limited by geography, so anyone may vote. The voting deadline is April 3.
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Mexicanx Initiative Update

John Picacio has announced several recipients of Worldcon 76 Memberships of his Mexicanx Initiative, sponsored by numerous science fiction artists, authors, and fans. So far, memberships have been provided to Mario Acevedo, Marcela Davison Avilés, David Bowles, Libia Brenda Castro, J.C. Cervantes, Sara Felix, Bernardo “Bef” Fernández, Héctor Gonzalez, F.G. Haghenbeck, Angela Lujan, Gabriela Damian Miravete, Gerardo Horacio Porcayo, Smok, Tanya Leal Soto, Robbie Trevino, Gary Villarreal, and Gabriela Frias Villegas. Picacio has said that additional recipients will be announced next week.
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DUFF Race Live

Paul Weimer and Clare McDonald-Sims, 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 Worldcon 76 in San Jose, CA from August 19-20. For the third year in a row, The race only has one nominee, however voting remains important as a means of raising the necessary funds to keep DUFF a continuing concern. Votes will be accepted until March 31, 2017.

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Four Sponsored Memberships for Worldcon 76

Worldcon 76 Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio and John Scalzi have teamed up to offer a total of four attending memberships to Worldcon 76 in San Jose. Each will sponsor two memberships for Mexicanx members, with two going to professional sf/f artists and two going to fans. Individuals interested in applying for the sponsorships should leave an answer to the question “Why do you want to attend this Worldcon?” on Picacio’s facebook page or send it to him via e-mail before this weekend.
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TAFF Race Underway

Johan Anglemark of Sweden, Fia Karlsson of Sweden, and Helena McCallum of the UK have declared they are running for TAFF, to travel to San Jose for Worldcon 76 in 2018. The voting deadline is April 3.
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DUFF Call for Nominees

The Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) is looking for candidates for this year’s race to travel from Australia/New Zealand to the United States to attend Worldcon 76 in San Jose from August 16-20, 2018. Candidates should contact either Paul Weimer or Clare McDonald-Sims and have two North American nominators and three 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 January 31. Send e-mail to Clare McDonald-Sims at clare1701@warpmail.net or Paul Weimer at jvstin@gmail.com.
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