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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TAFF Deadline Extended

The current TAFF Administrators, Curt Phillips and Anna Raftery, have announced the extension of the voting deadline for TAFF. The new deadline, is 17th April 2017 Midnight BST/16:00 PDT/17:00 MDT/18:00 CDT/19:00 EDT, which coincides with this year’s Eastercon, Innominate. Raftery will be attending Innominate and will be accepting ballots there. This year’s TAFF nominees include Sarah Gulde, Alissa McKersie, John Purcell.
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Save Ted White’s Home

Fan, author, and editor Ted White is in danger of losing his home. White has lived in the house, which his parents built in 1935, for practically his entire life. Unfortunately, living on a fixed income, the property taxes are becoming too onerous for him. he has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise the $15,000 he needs to cover his current tax bill and other expenses. In addition to being a long-active fan, White edited Amazing Stories and Fantastic from 1968 through 1978.
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HWA Endowments

The Horror Writers of America have announced the recipients of its inaugural Young Adults Write Now endowments. Each library will receive $500 to fund teen writing events.

  • Athens-Limestone Public Library, Athens AL: “The Page Turner Program”
  • Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library, Fayetteville TN: “Something Wicked We Write”
  • Librarian Association of Rockland County Teen Division, Spring Valley NY: “SCRAWL: Rockland Teens Write”
  • Louisiana, Missouri Public Library, Louisiana MO: “The Missouri Monster Squad: Teen Fiction Writers Program”
  • W. T. Bland Public Library, Mount Dora FL: “Dreadful Teen Writing Program”

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DUFF Race Opens

The DUFF administrators have announced that this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race is now open for voting. The winner will travel to Continuum 13 in Melbourne from June 9-12. For the second 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 10, 2017.

The candidate is:

  • Paul Weimer

A DUFF ballot may be downloaded from TAFF. (pdf)
Voting may be done on-line at this link.