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Call for NAFF Delegates for Natcon 2016

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Welcome to the NAFF race for 2015. The National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) was created to assist fans to travel across Australia to attend the National Science Fiction Convention (Natcon). NAFF assists fans to travel to the Natcon and covers the costs of airfares and accommodation. The Natcon donates a convention membership. This year’s NAFF race is to the 55th Australian Natcon, Contact, which will be held in Brisbane during Easter, 25– 28 March 2016. It is expected that the winner will produce a report of their trip, engage in fundraising to support future NAFF races, and to help administer the NAFF race for the following two years.

But to run a race, we need delegates! If you would like to take your fannish self to Brisbane for Natcon next year, and live anywhere in Australia but Queensland, download a copy of the nomination form and get a-nominating!

Any problems, concerns or queries, please contact Tehani at editormum [at] gmail [dot] com.

NOMINATIONS CLOSE NOVEMBER 30, 2015.

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Into the NAFF race, once more…

Even though I was beaten (by the slimmest of margins) for NAFF last year, I thought I throw my hat in the ring once again. Glutton for punishment, me! I’ll let the blurb below tell you more about it, but if you would like to help me win the race, please feel free to vote! You can download the voting form right here or to make it super easy, you can vote online here with just a few clicks and Paypal 🙂 It costs $5.00, with all vote proceeds going to the fan fund, so it’s a good cause!

NAFF 2015

Welcome to the NAFF race for 2015. The National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) was created to assist fans to travel across Australia to attend the National Science Fiction Convention (Natcon). NAFF assists fans to travel to the Natcon and covers the costs of airfares and accommodation. The Natcon donates a convention membership. This year’s NAFF race is to the 54th Australian Natcon, Swancon 40, which will be held in Perth during Easter, 2nd– 6th April 2015. It is expected that the winner will produce a report of their trip, engage in fundraising to support future NAFF races, and to help administer the NAFF race for the following two years. All Australian fans are eligible to vote.

The voting process contributes to the fundraising so each vote costs $5. You are more than welcome to donate more than this amount! Votes are being collected by: Matt Lindus (WA) and the candidate(s). For more information please contact Matt at ratticus@msquared.com.au.

Voting is closed.

Voting opens Sunday 1st March 2015 and concludes on Monday 16th of March 2015. Your candidates for this year:

Paula McGrath

My first convention was Aussiecon3. I stage-managed the Hugos and my memorable moment was convincing Terry Pratchett to hand out awards to ‘fat Americans’ (his words). Since then I’ve helped organise Convergence2002, was on the committee of Aussiecon4, failed in a DUFF race (sympathy play), saw a Worldcon in Chicago, attended almost 10 Continuums, been on and off various committees. What I love most about fandom is the lifelong friends you make and the joy of squeeing about your favourite things and not seem weird. I’ve never been to a Swancon, so this would be a great experience.

Nominated by: Sarah Lee Parker (WA), Rose Mitchell (Vic), and Julian Warner (Vic)

Candice Schilder

I’ve been an active member of the SwanCon community for a long time, including being committee for 23 and convenor of 25. Despite having moved away from WA more than a decade ago, I have continued to make my way to SwanCon, so far without fail. I’m such a familiar face at the convention that I have stopped being surprised when people still think I live locally. I’ll bring to the con the same things I always do; a friendly smile, energy, enthusiasm and a well planned Masquerade costume.

Nominated by: Greg Tannahill (ACT), Desiree Heald (WA), and Samara Morgan (WA)

Greg Tannahill

I am an ACT-based fan, an attendee of multiple Swancons, Continuums and Confluxes, and am well-known in the related community of Australian Roleplaying Conventions. As NAFF delegate I would like to see stronger ties between Australia’s gaming and SF communities, and to cross-pollinate the lessons and experience of each community to help all fans. Both communities need new ideas and new blood, and this is a great place to start. Due to family commitments I cannot otherwise afford to be in Perth on the weekend of Swancon and the NAFF funding would make my attendance possible.

Nominated by: Stuart Barrow (ACT), Julia Burns (ACT), and April Rutkay (WA)

Tehani Wessely

I’ve been involved in the Australian speculative fiction scene since 2001, attending my first convention in 2002. I’m a book geek, a Doctor Who nerd and have volunteerism issues. I was part of the Natcon 50 organising committee, had several years of working with the Andromeda Spaceways crew, helped run the ASif! reviews website, and have judged or acted as judging co-ordinator for the Aurealis Awards since 2007. I love working on ways to improve the prominence of Australian spec fic creators, such as the Australian Spec Fic Snapshot project and by openly wearing my geek cred loud and proud!

Nominated by: Ju Landesse (Vic), Cat Sparks (NSW), and Alisa Kranostein (WA)

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Swancon is over.

i helped run a convention. It was by turns fun, educational, inspirational and damn hard. It’s now over, and more of my time is again my own(ish). I still don’t think I’m fully over it though – not the event so much as the leadup and the hard work throughout the weekend! I’ve blogged a (very) little about it over at FableCroft and am rounding up a whole heap of everyone else’s Swancon posts there too, just for fun 🙂

The only thing I’d like to add is to say to  ,   and  , you rock. Robin, Stefan, Jay and everyone else who helped along the way, or during the weekend (looking at you Doug, Linda, the Turner twins and too many others to name!), we couldn’t have done it without you either! And thanks also to Ellen, Justina, Sean and Sarah, for being the nicest, bestest guests any con comm could ask for.

I don’t ever want to do it again, but I’m glad I got to be part of it.

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Dudcon 3 and Ditmars

  just reminded me about this on her LJ, so now I’m doing my civic duty and passing the word along! As there’s no Aussie Natcon this year, what with us hosting Worldcon and all, there’s a Dudcon happening in conjunction with Aussiecon4. In the words of those in charge: 

Following in the tradition of Spawncon 2, this is the convention you have when you aren’t having a convention. Dudcon 3 will be held in conjunction with Aussiecon 4 the 2010 Worldcon which will take place in Melbourne from the 2nd to the 6th of September. While Aussiecon 4 is the Worldcon it is not the National Convention. As no other convention bid for the right to be National Convention, a moment of rash stupidity saw the creation of Dudcon 3 as a barebones Natcon.

At Dudcon 3 there will be a Business Meeting and a Ditmar Award ceremony. There may be a BBQ too. Or something else that involves alcohol. But only if we can raise enough money, and that is where you come in…

The only source of money to fund all of this is memberships and whatever sponsorship can be screwed out of the SF Publishing Industry (which is to say probably nothing). So your willingness to give us money in return for not much at all is vital. But we will give you a badge, and possibly a ribbon. And if there is free alcohol you will be invited.

http://members.optuszoo.com.au/~dudcon/index.html

Membership rates start at very reasonable prices, so why not wander on over and take a look?

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Ditmar results!

With thanks to the liveblogging of Cheryl Morgan and the marvel that is technology!!

A. Bertram Chandler Award
Rosaleen Love

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism and Review
Kim Wilkins, an article about Australian fantasy fiction in the Journal of Australian Studies

Best New Talent
Felicity Dowker

Best Professional Achievement
Angela Challis, for Black, the Australian Dark Culture Magazine

Best Fan Production
ASif!, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Gene Melzack

Best Fan Artist
Cat Sparks for Scary Food, Paul Haines Cancer is a C*NT fundraiser!

Best Fan Writer
Rob Hood, for Undead Backbrain

Best Professional Artwork
Shaun Tan, for Tales from Outer Suburbia

Best Collected Work
Dreaming Again, edited by Jack Dann

Best Short Story
Tie between Margo Lanagan "The Goosle" and Dirk Flinthart "This is not my story" (ASIM #37)

Best Novella/Novelette
"Painlessness" by Kirstyn McDermott

Best Novel

"Tender Morsels" by Margo Lanagan

Peter McNamara Award
Sean Williams

Cheryl Morgan:  After a quick look around the audience, I hereby pronounce the winner of the Emerald City Best Dressed Award to be Kirstyn McDermott
[Please note that the last award is not an official Ditmar awards :)]

Thanks again Cheryl! This coverage was brought to you with commentary from those who could not be there,  ,  ,  ,  ,  and Rob!

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