Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced the winner of the Diverse Writers Grant and Diverse Worlds Grant. Both grants of $500 were awarded to Erin Roberts. The Diverse Writers Grant offers support to new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing/publishing process. The Diverse Worlds Grant is presented for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background.
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Edward Marsh Golden Age of Science Fiction Room to Open

The Edward Marsh Golden Age of Science Fiction Room is opened at San Diego State University’s Malcolm A. Love Library on September 28. The room includes displays from Marsh’s collection, which he donated to the library. In addition, the library will be hosting lectures and further exhibits based on the collection, which was worth $2.25 million when donated in 2013.
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Lezli Robyn Eye Surgery

Author Lezli Robyn, who also works as co-publisher for Arc Manor, is suffering from Keratoconus, a rare progressive eye disease. She is condidered legally blind without correction and sees multiple images. Arc Manor publisher Shahid Mahmud is running a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money o cover corrective surgery for Robyn.
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SFWA Grants Available

SFWA has issued a call for grant requests. They are looking for non=profit project that support SFWA’s mission to promote and support fantasy and science fiction writing and writers. Applicants should include the Recipient’s tax status, information about the project or work proposed, how the project promotes science fiction and fantasy, the intended audience for the project, and how the grant will be managed.
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Auction for Grenfell Tower Victims

Several authors have joined forces to hold an auction with the proceeds to benefit the victims of the catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire in London. Some lots include an editorial critique from John Jerrold, a signed copy of the Fantasy Encyclopedia by Judy Allen, various tuckerizations, including one by Philip Pullman, signed books and a launch party invitation from Julie Mayhew, and more.

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Odyssey Scholarship Announced

George R.R. Martin has announced that he will be offering a full scholarship to the Odyssey Writers Workshop. The Miskatonic Scholarship will be awarded to a new author of Lovecraftian style cosmic horror. It will be a full scholarship covering tuition, fees, and lodging for a student and given annually. The winner of the scholarship will be selected by a panel of three judges based on writing samples from students who have demonstrated need.
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Waters Wins NAFF

Fe Waters has been announced as the winner of the 2017 National Australian Fan Fund, which helps cover the cost of airfare and accommodation for an Australian fan to attend the Australian National Convention. This year’s NatCon, Continuum 13, will be held in Melbourne the weekend of June 9-12.
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GUFF Winner

Australian fan Donna Maree Hanson was named the GUFF winner in a field that included Sam Hawke, Belle McQuattie, and Alexandra Pierce. Originally, Alisa Krasnostein was running with Pierce, but she dropped out after the race began. Hanson won in the fourth round of vote tabulation and will travel to Helsinki for Worldcon 75, to be held August 9-13, 2017.
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Purcell Wins TAFF

John Purcell has won the 2017 TAFF race to send a American fan to Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. Purcell beat out Alissa McKersie by a vote of 68-67 in the second round of voting. Sarah Guide was eliminated after the first round with a vote of 59-59-18 with 7 no preferences and 1 holdover vote.
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Weimer Wins DUFF

Paul Weimer won DUFF (the Down Under Fan Fund) in an unopposed race. Hhe will travel to Australia to attend Lexicon, the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Taupō from June 2-4 and Continuum, the 56th Australian National Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Melbourne, Australia from June 9-12. 40 ballots were cast with 37 giving Weimer a first place vote. 21 ballots came from North American and 19 from Australasia. Voting fees and donations came to A$203.53 and US$207.44. This is the second year in a row DUFF has been uncontested.
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