Conflux 12 – Contest Winners (Updated!)

Conflux plays host to various writing and art contests, and this year’s winners include:

Art Contests

E G Harvey Award

THE E. G. HARVEY AWARD FOR AUSTRALIAN SF ART is an annual award sponsored by the Harvey Australian Foundation. This award is for the best original visual art work in show, produced by an Australian artist in the previous 12 months. Judging will be made from works exhibited at the Conflux 12 Art Show by a panel of non-participating artists. The medium for the work may be acrylic, oils, watercolour, pencil and/or ink, charcoal, mixed medium, sculpture, photography, animation and video-works.

This year’s E G Harvey Award winner, collecting a beautiful trophy and $500 prize, is Russell Kightley for “Quala’s Jungle”

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Art Show – Professional

This year’s Art Show – Professional prize was won by Keely Van Order for “Grief Hole: Paradise Falls”

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Art Show – Amateur

This year’s Best in Show – 2D – Amateur prize was won by Ian Nicholls for “Tears in the Rain”

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This year’s Best in Show – 3D – Amateur prize was won by Alastair Ott for “Steampunk bracelet”

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Writing Contests

Conflux/CSFG Short Story Contest

The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild (CSFG) sponsored this year’s short story writing contest, judged by Guest of Honour Alan Baxter and previous winner (on multiple occasions) Robert Porteous. Submissions were required to be up to 4000 words long, in any speculative genre, using the theme “Red Fire Monkey”.

The winners were:

  • First place – Pia Van Ravestein, “The Repairers”
  • Second place – David Versace, “The Nature of Monkey”
  • Third place – Pamela Jeffs, “Tattoo”

Flash Fiction Slam

In the flash fiction slam, participants were given a random prompt and 15 minutes to write a short 100-200 word story, and recite it before a live studio audience (well, in the convention reception).

The winner, by popular applause, was Rik Lagarto.

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Poetry Slam

The poetry contest, run on similar lines, was won this year by Tim Roberts, for his poem “They Know Where I Am” (reproduced below)

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                  They know where I am

I hear them: above me,
behind me, weaving patterns
in the air –
I hear their steady, leathery flapping
but no cry or hoot, which scares me more
than the rustling as they perch
in nearby trees.
If I walk faster, then trip, I’ll be easy prey –
not that I’m a hard target now
when they can fly like that in the dark.

Cosplay Contests

A number of cosplay events were held over the weekend and prizes awarded for the best costumes:

Monkey Magic Cosplay

The winners were Rob Porteous, Baby Leon (an actual baby) and Anke Ziergiebel

Star Trek Cosplay

Alistair Ott, Maddy Piggott and a mystery third winner (whose identity the very tired judges forgot to record!)

Star Trek Trivia

Finally, boldly going into the prize rounds for the Star Trek Trivia contests were M. James Richards and Cathy!

That’s it for Conflux 12!

Congratulations to all our winners and we hope to see everyone back for Conflux 13: Grimm Tales!

Tickets for 2017 Conflux event are now available at a discounted price from Trybooking!

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Conflux 12 – Closing Ceremony Photos

Conflux is done for another year, the guests have all departed and the Red Fire Monkey has returned, hooting with mischievous joy, to its slightly singed forest home.

The convention did not have an official photographer, however Cat Sparks captured a few candid shots near the bar: you can access Cat’s flickr galley via her website.

(If anyone else has an online gallery of great photos they would like us to link to, leave the details in the comments and we’ll highlight them here).

Here are just a few photos from the closing ceremony:

MC Sean Williams with convention Co-Chair Leife Shallcross

Sean Williams and Leife ShallcrossGuest of Honour Alan Baxter with Leife

Guest of Honour Alan Baxter with Leife

International Guest Dave Wolverton with Leife

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Musical Guest Meri Amber with Leife

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The Final (?) Program

Folks, the final version of the Conflux 12 program (barring minor corrections and last-minute crises) is now up over at the Program page. And the convention starts in just four days! Get your plans together, people – we’ll see you at the Novotel on Friday!

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Program and Workshops

Greetings Red Fire Monkeys! Can you believe that Conflux 12 is just over two weeks away?

We have put updates of the Program and Workshop schedules up for your consideration (both pages have downloadable PDF versions as well)

Check them out, and if you are keen to participate, send an email to chair@conflux.org.au to let us know!

Note that this is not the final program and is still subject to (minor) adjustment.

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Conflux 12 Accommodation

For Conflux 12, Novotel are offering discounted pre-booked accommodation until 30 September 2016. Novotel are offering for a minimum of 2 night stay:

Standard King Room $199 – with breakfast $219
Executive King Room $229 – with breakfast $249

To take advantage please call the reservation team on 02 6245 5000 and quote CON011016 when booking. Note this number cannot be used for other bookings.

Also note you can not use the code when making online reservations, only bookings by telephone..

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Progress Report 2

The latest Conflux 12 Progress Report is now available:

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And just a reminder that you have just a few days to get your entries in for the CSFG/Conflux Short Story Competition. You can wish a cash prize and a membership for Conflux in 2017 – so get writing! You have until midnight on Sunday 31 July 2016.

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Conflux 12 Draft Program is up!

WHOOHOO!! Our draft program is up! Check it out. See anything you like? Why not volunteer to be on a panel? (You will need to be a member of Conflux 12 to be on a panel.)
Can’t see something you’d like on the program? There are still a few spots left to be filled – let us know if you have a suggestion.

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Progress Report 1

At last, having overcome ordeals as indescribable as they are lamentable, the first Conflux 12 Progress Report is now available.

Past and current Conflux members should already have received a copy via email. If you think you should have and didn’t, please let us know at confluxchair@gmail.com

These and future reports are available from the Progress Reports page.

The next PR is due out on 15 June 2016.

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The CSFG/Conflux 12 short story competition is open!

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We are excited to announce that the CSFG/Conflux 12 short story competition is open!

We want your stories of 4000 words or under, in any speculative fiction genre, on this year’s theme, which is: red fire monkey.

The competition is open to all Australian residents and members of either the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild or Conflux 12.

Entry is $5, unless you are a member of the CSFG or Conflux 12 or you are aged 16 or under, in which case it is free!

Prizes

First prize is $200 and a 2017 Conflux 13 membership! Second prize is $50 and a discounted Conflux 13 membership, and third prize is $25 and a discounted Conflux 13 membership.

Guidelines

Stories should be written in English, suitable for a general audience (ie, no gratuitous violence or erotica), and, of course, your own original, unpublished work.

Please submit them in the following format: RTF, double spaced, courier font, with the story title in the top right header.

Make the first page of your document a cover sheet that includes your name, contact details and story title (we’ll remove this before we give it to the judges). YOUR NAME MUST NOT APPEAR ON ANY OF THE OTHER PAGES OF THE STORY.

Get it to us at csfgshortstorycomp@gmail.com before midnight on 31 July 2016.

Fees

Fees can be paid by direct deposit (BSB: 805022 Acct: 03421621) or Paypal to canberra.specfic@gmail.com (For other options or any more information contact us directly at the csfgshortstorycomp@gmail.com address)

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CONFLUX 12 CONVENTION

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SCIENCE FICTION – FANTASY- HORROR – AND MORE

  • Guest of Honour:  Alan Baxter
  • Special Guest: David Farland and Meri Amber and 
  • MC: Sean Williams 

Friday 30 September to Monday 3 October 2016

At Novotel Canberra, Civic Centre ACT

Presentations, workshops, drama, pitching sessions, banquet, panel discussions, social and other great activities.

To register: WWW.TRYBOOKING.COM

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