Travers Milo has been announced as the CUFF (Canadian Unity Fan Fund) delegate to Canvention 34 in Vancouver, which will be held concurrently with VCON 39 the weekend of October 3-5. Because Milo was unopposed, CUFF raised no money during the selection process and the current administrators are requesting donations via Cash, Cheque, PayPal, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to help fund Milo’s delegate’s trip.
Hadley Rille Publishers is holding a crowdsourcing event in order to gain the capital to expand its publishing program. Hadley Rille has been publishing science fiction novels and anthologies since 2005, when it was founded by Publisher Eric Reynolds. Reynolds has set a goal of raising $12,500 for use in a marketing campaign aimed at raising the awareness of Hadely Rille books and authors.
The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced two new grants, the Diverse Writers Grant and the Diverse Worlds Grant. The Diverse Writers Grant is intended to support new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, including writers of color, women, queer writers, disabled writers, working-class writers, and those whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing and/or publishing process. The Diverse Worlds Grant is intended for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background. Applications for the grants, each of which is for $500, are being accepted through September 15.
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As previously noted, “Alison Barton, Samara Morgan, Gillian Polack, and Shay Telfer are this year’s candidates for GUFF, the Get-Up-and-Over Fan Fund. The winner of the race will travel from Autralasia to Europe for Loncon 3, next year’s Worldcon in London. GUFF is not limited by geography, so anyone may vote.” The ballot is now on-line, with voting set to end on June 9.
Jean Rabe has announced a crowd-sourcing campeign to fund the publication of Dance Like a Monkey, and anthology to create a grant to help support author C.J. Henderson, who is battling non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. All of the authors, artists, publishers, graphic designers, and other professionals involved in this project have assigned what would have been their portions of this anthology to that grant. Participants include Mike Resnick, Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta, Jack Dann, Joe Haldeman, Joe Haldeman, Gene Wolfe, and many more. Their indiegogo campaign runs through May 1 with the goal of raising $7,500.
Alpha, a Pittburgh-based writing workshop for young writers has received a $10,000 grant from Heinz Endowments. Alpha will recieve the money in installments over the next three years for use in funding scholarships for students for whom workshop tuition presents a financial hardship. This year, Alpha will be held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg Campus from July 25 – August 3.
Jay Lake has been accepted into a trial by the National Institutes of Health which may help extend his life in his battle against cancer. Unfortunately, the NIH does not cover all costs and Jay needs to raise $15,000 to cover his expenses, including travel, hotel, support, and others costs. With 27 days to go in the fundraiser, just under half the money has been raised.
David L. Kuzminski (b.1947) died on August 13. Kuzminski was the founder and editor of the author’s resource website Preditors and Editor. The website has been dormant since his death, but Andrew Burt, of the Critters Workshop, has made arrangements to continue it.