Conflux 13 Short Story Competition is open!

We are excited to announce that Conflux Inc is once again partnering with the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild to bring you the CSFG/Conflux 13 short story competition!

This year’s theme is (wait for it…)

BLOOD, GOLD, LIES

These bright and bitter threads wind through the heart of many a grim tale and we want to see what you make of them. We want your tales of 4000 words or under, incorporating these three words somehow, in any speculative fiction genre. It doesn’t have to be a twisted fairy tale, but it does have to be speculative.

The competition is open to all Australian residents and members of either the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild or Conflux 13.

Entry is $5, unless you are a member of the CSFG or Conflux 13 or you are aged 16 or under, in which case it is free!

Prizes

First prize is $200 and a 2018 Conflux 14 membership! Second prize is $50 and a discounted Conflux 14 membership, and third prize is $25 and a discounted Conflux 14 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in English, suitable for a general audience (ie, no gratuitous violence or erotica) and, of course, your own original, unpublished work.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 2017.

Fees

Fees can be paid by direct deposit (BSB: 805022 Acct: 03421621 Acct name: Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild) 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 – 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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Progress Report 2

The latest Conflux 12 Progress Report is now available:

Conflux-12-Newsletter-July-16

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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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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Short Story Competition-Steam, Angels, Junk

NOTE: EXTENDED DEADLINE

The short story competition is launched!

Conflux loves encouraging writers, and this is a fabulous opportunity. You can win large cash prizes and publication!

The Conflux 9 Short Story Competition is now open and will close on September 15, 2012. The competition is only open to amateur writers ie those who have not made a professional sale. For the purposes of this competition, a professional sale equates to either being paid more than 5c per word for a short story sale, or having sold a novel to a publisher. Size of publisher doesn’t matter. Self-publishing does not equal a professional sale. We welcome and encourage writers who are yet to be paid for their writing to enter.

The theme is ‘Steam, Angels, Junk’. All entries will be judged by a panel of esteemed writers – Dirk Flintart, Jenny Blackford and Joanne Anderton.”

The competition is administered by writer and editor Elizabeth Fitzgerald.

First prize is $500, second prize $250, third prize $100. Stories will also be published in the Conflux 9 con book, under the priviso that the story is either already of a publishable standard or the author is willing to work with an editor to polish it.

To enter, you must be a member of Conflux 9 (either a full, attending membership or a supporting membership). Note! To be more inclusive we are opening in the competition up to non-members for a $5.00 entry fee. You can pay this by paypal and write the receipt number in your entry. If you do take a membership up, we will deduct this $5 from your membership. Here.

We would also like to acknowledge the support of the Australian Science Fiction Foundation, which can be found here.

Guidelines:

  • Stories must be no more than 3000 words
  • Stories must be speculative and fit the convention theme ‘Steam, Angels, Junk’
  • Stories must not be previously published, no simultaneous entries
  • Writers can enter more than one story, but only one story per writer can win a prize
  • Stories must follow usual formatting eg 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins
  • The stories will be blind-read so please ensure your name is not present on the story, in either the body or the header
  • Stories must be submitted by RTF attachment to conflux9storycomp@gmail.com by midnight August 30, 2012
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • The judges are unable to give feedback on submissions
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