Conflux 10 – Friday 3 October to Monday 6 October 2014.

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Art work by Shauna O'Meara

Art work by Shauna O’Meara

Conflux 10 will be held at Rydges Capital Hill on the October Long Weekend.

The chair is Karen Herkes. Guests are Margo Lanagan and Alisa Krasnostein.

This year’s theme is “Journeys of discovery and self-discovery” – not just mere travel, but
those journeys that become revelatory.
This is the heart of “walkabout” in our indigenous culture, our journey has meaning.
As always, in designing our program, we have paid homage to fellow travellers and, on a
less than serious note, punned freely with program item titles. We hope that you will enjoy
the trip!

For more information, click on the tabs above labelled C10.

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Pitching at Conflux 10

Conflux 10 is happy to announce that there will be pitching sessions for members of Conflux 10 (supporting or full).

We have five different sessions for pitchees.

Note the session with Alex Adsett is on the weekend before Conflux 10 as Alex is unable to attend. Pitching with Alisa Krasnostein is on Friday at 4.00pm just before the opening ceremony. Other pitching sessions will take place on Saturday.

Pitching sessions are five minutes long so get your pitched honed and practice, practice. Limited to 10 people per session. Note Satalyte have advised that they are willing to do two sessions if demand requires.

First up we have:

Alex Adsett, Alex Adsett Publishing Services (10 am, Saturday 27 September, Rydges Restaurant). Note this session will be held a week before the convention.

‘My agency is currently representing fourteen authors across all genres of fiction – science fiction, fantasy, crime and romance, for YA and adults. Although my heart will always belong to dystopian and urban fantasy, these markets are incredibly tough to sell right now. I’m particularly looking for science fiction (including science fiction romance), swashbuckling adventure and crime, but if you have a great genre story, I would love to hear about it.’

Alisa Krasnostein – Twelfth Planet Press (Friday 4.00pm, 3 October 2014)

‘Twelfth Planet Press is looking to develop a new line of dynamic, original genre novels. Twelfth Planet Press novels will push boundaries to question, inspire, engage and challenge. We are specifically looking to acquire material outside that which is typically considered by mainstream publishers.

We are looking for science fiction, fantasy, horror and crime. We will consider borderline literary, new weird, steampunk, space opera, hard science fiction, soft science fiction, urban fantasy, cyberpunk, military science fiction, young adult, paranormal romance, science fiction romance and everything in between.’

Rochelle Fernandez (Saturday 4th October 10.00am)

‘Rochelle Fernandez is the Associate Publisher for Voyager, the speculative fiction imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Voyager is the publisher of great global fantasy and science fiction, including George RR Martin, Robin Hobb, Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov as well as spectacular Australian talent such as Kylie Chan, Will Elliott and Jo Spurrier. We are looking to for sophisticated and original fantasy and science fiction, specifically stories that form part of a series and contain complex character development for publication in print and in our digital-only imprint, Impulse. We welcome shorter stories and novellas, as long as there is scope to develop them into further works. We want to work with collaborative authors who wish to connect with their readers.’

Stephen Ormsby- Satalyte (11 am Saturday 4th October)

‘Satalyte is interested in all genres, as we do not want to be seen as genre specific. We have published steampunk, dark fiction, romance, and everything in between so far.  We will not look at erotica. Satalyte Publishing have been in existence for 9 months, and have already published over a dozen novels.  We have books coming up from Jack Dann, K. J. Taylor and Dirk Strasser to mention a few.’

Tehani Wessely- Fablecroft (12.00 Saturday 4th October)

‘FableCroft is a boutique publishing house dedicated to the future of speculative fiction in Australia. Over the past four years, FableCroft has published emerging and established Australian authors in both short story and novel form. In the future, we are looking to expand our original novel list with exciting and engaging speculative fiction books. We are seeking stories that use genre to challenge the reader, with characters that jump off the page and plots that offer the reader an escape from the norm. We are NOT seeking gratuitous violence or sexual depictions in the story. We are interested in books for either adult and young adult readers. Please familiarise yourself with the work we have published previously for an idea of the quality of writing we are seeking.’

Registration for pitching will open on 1 September 2014 and close on 22 September 2014. To register please send your details to chair@conflux.org.au.  You will be advised after 22 September about the pitching sessions.

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NAFF race now on!

This year’s Natcon (Continuum X) is on in June and once again, the call is out for people to support the National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF).

NAFF supports sending an Australian fan to the Natcon. Last year, Emma Kate came from Tasmania to Conflux and she was great fun and a great help for us.

This year, the candidates are Tehani Wessely and Matthew Lindus. Casting a vote costs $5, which helps support the fund.

Please vote to send an Aussie to the Natcon, and support fandom!

Read more at Tehani’s blog (we’re not saying vote for Tehani, but that’s where we found the link to the voting information and form).

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2014 Aurealis Awards – call for judges

Conflux Incorporated is looking for judges for the 2014 Aurealis Awards. Any Australian resident with a passion for speculative fiction can put their name forward. More information available here. Applications close 30 April 2014.

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All about the Conflux Writer’s Day and the Aurealis Awards

Last weekend, the inaugural Conflux Writer’s Day was held, along with the first hosting by Canberra of the Aurealis Awards.

Both events went smashingly well, but don’t take our word for it! Here’s the thoughts of some of the attendees.

Lisa Fleetwood

Ellen Gregory

Dave Versace

Leife Shallcross

Donna Maree Hanson – Conflux Writer’s Day and Aurealis Awards

Once again, Cat Sparks photographed various aspects of the weekend and you can see her images here.

Finally, while it’s not the same as being there, Sean Wright’s Storify of the Aurealis Awards via thoughts and images posted on Twitter and Facebook does a great job of capturing the night!

Planning has already begun for next year’s Aurealis Awards ceremony, however there isn’t any plans currently to hold the Conflux Writer’s Day, due to the lack of a convenor/organiser for the day. If you are interested in taking on this role, please email.

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Registrations for Conflux Writer’s Day and Aurealis Awards

Online registrations and payments for the Conflux Writer’s Day and Aurealis Awards are now closed.

You can still attend both events, but you’ll need to register and pay on the day. Both events are at University House, ANU, Canberra. Ask for directions to the Great Hall if you don’t know your way around.

For the Conflux Writer’s Day, registration opens at 9.30am. Registrations cost $120 for members (CSFG, ACT Writer’s Centre, Conflux 9/10), $150 for non-members.

For the Aurealis Awards, the doors open at 7pm. Tickets cost $40.

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Conflux 10 membership price rise

It’s April 1, but this isn’t an April Fool’s Joke.

Prices have now risen for membership for Conflux 10. If you didn’t sign up, then you’ve missed out on the bargain price of $190 for full, $160 for student.

If you don’t want to be hit with another price rise (there will be two more before the convention) but don’t have the money right now – getting a supporting membership. For just $30 now, you can lock in the current $210 price for membership, saving you $40 on the at-the-door price.

To register, go here!

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More changes to Conflux Writer’s Day program

I hope this will be the last!

We’ve had to rearrange some of the presentations, for varying reasons. We’ve not lost any more presenters (thank goodness) although there is still time…

To see the up-to-date program, go here: http://conflux.org.au/conflux-writers-day-2/

The handbook goes to print tomorrow. The presentations are coming in to be uploaded to the system. Everything is being finalised for an amazing day.

Have you registered yet? You can do so via http://conflux.org.au/conflux-writers-day-2/registration/ but note – if you don’t register by next Thursday, we can’t guarantee you a nice namebadge!

Are you prepared to risk that?

Hope I see you in nine sleeps!

Nicole Murphy
Convenor, Conflux Writer’s Day

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Change to Conflux Writer’s Day program

Unfortunately we’ve lost another presenter. Jack Dann isn’t going to make it to the writer’s day.

Thankfully, Satima Flavell has agreed to lead a discussion group for new writers. That will be in the last session time before lunch.

New program here: http://conflux.org.au/conflux-writers-day-2/

Meeting with the venue today and morning, afternoon tea and lunch has been decided. It’s going to be a great day.

Have you registered yet? http://conflux.org.au/conflux-writers-day-2/registration/

Conflux Writer’s Day
Saturday April 5
University House, Canberra
10am-5pm

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Why I created the Conflux Writer’s Day

By Nicole Murphy
Convenor, Conflux Writer’s Day

A couple of conversations have made it clear that some people don’t quite get the Conflux Writer’s Day. So let me attempt to explain…

My day job (yes, this is important) is as a professional conference organiser. The company I work for specialises in academic conferences. At these, you have a mix of keynote speakers (chosen by the committee) and concurrent presentations. The concurrents are chosen after a blind review process. They’re called concurrents because they run concurrently in the program. The keynotes don’t have to compete with anyone else.

The concurrent presentations are quite short – between 10-20 minutes – and are designed to present the latest research. Generally, each is done by one person (although occasionally two or three will present). It’s an overload of information.

My specialty is working with these speakers and running the process to pull these presentations together. It’s something I really enjoy.

Now, I happen to believe that writers need to get as much information from as many different sources as possible when deciding on things like career development. Everyone’s journey is unique, and if you get caught up with thinking that one person’s way is the only way to do things, you’ll damage yourself because you CAN’T have someone else’s career.

And what’s a good way to give writers a lot of information, I thought? The format of an academic conference would work really well.

And lo, the Conflux Writer’s Day was born.

Some of the presenters will have the opportunity for Q&A at the end of their presentations. Some are doing almost all their presentations that way. Some are going to have audience involvement.

But mostly, you’ll be sitting and writing copious notes and having your brain expanded and perhaps even a little overwhelmed by all the information being flung at you. You’ll have morning and afternoon tea and lunch (all fully catered) to take a breather and chat to people.

At 5pm, you’ll be exhausted but buzzing with everything that’s just happened. You’ll need a few days, maybe even weeks for it all to sink in but I’m confident that everyone that attends the Conflux Writer’s Day will find it one of the most valuable experiences of their writing career.

If you’ve not registered yet, don’t miss out! http://conflux.org.au/conflux-writers-day-2/registration/

NOTE: This is probably going to be the only Conflux Writer’s Day ever run, so if you don’t come this time, you’ll miss out – maybe forever!

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Change to Conflux Writer’s Day Program

Unfortunately, Colleen Simpson has had to pull out of presenting at the Conflux Writer’s Day. It’s due to a great change in her life and we wish Colleen all the best.

Luckily, the fabulous Cat Sparks has come to the party with a second presentation, this time on writing alternate history. It should be fantastic!

You can see the updated program here: http://conflux.org.au/conflux-writers-day-2/

Have you registered to attend yet? Early bird tickets are all sold, but members of Conflux 9 or Conflux 10 can still get a great price. Register here: http://conflux.org.au/conflux-writers-day-2/registration/

And don’t forget if you’re in Canberra on April 5 to come along to the Aurealis Awards, which are going to be amazing! You can book a ticket here: www.aurealisawards.com

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