Submissions now open for 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Award

in association with Au Contraire 3, New Zealand’s 37th National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

Judge:

Phillip Mann

Arthur C. Clarke-nominated author of the world-building classic The Disestablishment of Paradise.

Pre-judging by award-winning editing team, Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray.

Prize:

NZ$100, story publication, and a selection of print books

to be awarded at Au Contraire 3

Details:

  1. Entry is free, but entrants should be current members of SFFANZ, or registered to attend the 2016 national conference Au Contraire 3. A link to SFFANZ can be found here. A link to the Au Contraire 3 membership page can be found here.
  2. Submitted stories can address any theme providing it is speculative (science fiction, fantasy, horror or any sub-genre is acceptable), and should have a word count of 3000 words or less.
  3. Original stories only, no reprints or simultaneous submissions, please.
  4. Writers are welcome to submit more than one story.
  5. Standard formatting:  Ariel or Times New Roman, 12pt, 1.5 spaced, indenting for paragraphs, with the story title and numbering included as page header. Submissions are blind, so your name should only appear in your cover email and NOT on the manuscript.
  6. Stories for an adult audience are fine, but those with gratuitous sex, gore and violence are unlikely to be shortlisted.

8. Please send your stories as a .doc or .rtf attachment to: ac2016storyaward@gmail.com with Submission: Your Story Title in the subject line. (Remember to ensure that your name or email address DO NOT appear on the manuscript).

  1. Competition closes at midnight 31 March 2016. Entries received after this date will not be read. All participants will be notified of the results by late April, 2016.

 

**Please note that entry to the award automatically assumes that the winning entrant will allow first print publication of their story by Au Contraire 3 in its Convention Programme to be distributed to convention members (all other rights to be retained by the author).

 

 

MIDAMERICON II ANNOUNCES HUGO NOMINATION PERIOD OPEN

Kansas City, Missouri, USA – MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), is delighted to announce that the 2016 Hugo Award and 1941 Retro Hugo Award nomination period is now open.

Nomination ballots will be accepted from January 28, 2016, to Thursday, March 31, 2016, 11:59 PM PDT for the prestigious Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Members of MidAmeriCon II and Worldcon 75 (the 2017 Worldcon) who joined by January 31, 2016, and all members of Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, are invited to submit nominating ballots.

The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honoring science fiction literature and media as well as the genre’s fans. The Awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and they have continued to honor science fiction and fantasy notables for more than 60 years.

More information about the Hugo Awards, including details about how to submit a nominating ballot, is available from http://midamericon2.org/the-hugo-awards/hugo-nominations/. Nominations may be submitted by postal mail or online.

For additional information, contact us at hugoadmin@midamericon2.org.

New Science Fiction & Fantasy Bookstore in Oamaru

A specialty Science Fiction & Fantasy bookstore is coming to Oamaru.   Check them out on facebook.

The shop also has a blog which reviews Science Fiction and Fantasy books every week and sometimes interviews authors.

Drop in on yor next visit to the Steampunk capital city!

Te Papa to host Dreamworks Animation exhibition

Animation enthusiasts have an opportunity to see how their favourite characters came to life in a Dreamworks Animation exhibition hosted by the country’s national museum.

Dreamworks Animation would showcase their two decades of film-making that include rough sketches of a film through to the completed project at Wellington’s Te Papa museum.

Visitors would also be treated to an interactive “dragon flight” – inspired by the studio’s film How to Train Your Dragon.

This included an interactive panoramic dragon ride on the back of Toothless, a dragon in the movie.

The experience would also show visitors computer-generated imagery (CGI) film.Te Papa chief executive Rick Ellis said visitors could immerse themselves in the exhibition.

“This exhibition really draws back the curtain on the artistry and creative process that goes into creating these films,” he said.

The exhibition opens today and will finish in March next year.

Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2016

Nominations for the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel awards are now being accepted. The nomination period will close at 8.00pm on 28th February 2016. The awards recognise excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2015 calendar year. Anyone can make a nomination and it is free!

To make a nomination please email sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz.

We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here. The rules, criteria and categories for the Awards can be found by clicking this link. Guidelines for nominations can be found by clicking this link.

FFANZ Trip Report is Now Available

Dan Rabarts has published his FFANZ trip report for his trip to Continuum X last year. The trip report is a key component of the Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand administrator and it is also one of the core ways money is raised to keep these fan funds running. You can donate to to the fan fund on Dan’s trip report page and receive the report on epub, mobi and pdf formats for your reading preference convenience.

Nominations for the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel awards opening soon!

Nominations for the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel awards will open on 1st December 2015. The nomination period will close at 8.00 pm on 28th February 2016.  The awards recognise excellence in science fiction, fantasy, or horror works created by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents, and first published or released in the 2016 calendar year.

Anyone can make a nomination and it is free! To make a nomination please email sjv_awards@sffanz.org.nz. See the website for the categories and get busy reading NZ authors and watching NZ movies.  We have a list of New Zealand works that may be eligible for nomination here.

The rules and criteria for the Sir Julius Vogel Award can be found here.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 106 other followers