And that’s a wrap!

And that’s Conflux over for (at least) another year!

Thank you to everyone who came along and made it such a fab con. It wouldn’t be what it is without the wonderful community of people it draws on and that is you. Yes, you.

An especial thank you to our wonderful guests and MC: Ellen Datlow, Angela Slatter, Meri Amber and Kaaron Warren.

A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to participate in panels, or moderate the discussions; to our amazing workshop convenors; to the authors and publishers who launched their books at Conflux; to the publishers who took pitches; to the cosplayers who kept everything colourful; to the staff of the Hotel Vibe who where just awesome; and of course to the Conflux Committee who organised the whole thing and made it run so smoothly and the brave souls who have volunteered their time and energy to making the next Conflux happen.

As usual, you can relive all your Conflux memories by checking out Conflux on Instagram, or by checking out Cat Spark’s spectacular portfolio of Flickr pics.

Some announcements! Winners of the CSFG/Conflux Short Story Competition were:

  • 1st place: Marianna Shek, with If the Shoe Fits
  • 2nd place: Leife Shallcross, with Flawless
  • 3rd place: Zena Shapter, with The Kind of Man

Winner of the E G Harvey Award for Australian SF Art for 2017 is Shauna O’Meara

The theme for Conflux 14 will be The Unconventional Hero. Stay tuned for more information about when and where Conflux 14 will be held.

Until then…

Thanks again for another great year!

– the Conflux 13 Committee


Two more sleeps!

Conflux 13 is nearly upon us! The con bags are packed, our international GOH has just landed in the country and we’re just about ready to rock’n’roll. A few useful tips

  • Parking. The ACT Government-owned car parks out at Brindabella Park are $10 per day compared to the airport car parks at $22. You might have to get there early on Friday, but the other days should be good.
  • Groceries: There is a Woolworths and a CostCo (but you need to be a member to shop here) at Majura Park, which is on the other side of the airport from Vibe. Head for the giant Ikea sign, but turn right into Majura park instead of left into Ikea.
  • Food at Vibe: keep your con badge on, because it will get you a 10% discount on food & coffee at the hotel.
  • Buses: The Vibe Hotel shuttle will do a pickup at the Jolimont Centre each day of the con at 9am. Space is limited, though. The number 11 Bus goes out to the airport on weekdays and weekends. You can download the route 11 timetable on the Transport Canberra website.

Parking at Vibe

Public Transport to Vibe


GOH Breakfast winner & last chance to book!

Thinking of coming to the Conflux banquet? Had your heart set on attending the GOH Breakfast? You will need to book your ticket through Trybooking ASAP as they will be closing soon so we can get numbers to the hotel.

If you want to book but need another day or two, please email Karen on to let her know.

And congratulations to LM, who purchased a full membership between 1-7 September, and who was the lucky winner of our GOH  draw! You should have an email from us in your inbox today.


Last call for panelists!

Are you coming to Conflux? Would you like to participate on a panel?

We have places available on the following panels:


10am: Con 101

12pm: Once upon a silver screen (TV & movies influenced by fairy tales)

3pm: Cryogenics and Rip Van Winkle – the ins & outs of sleeping for 100 years

3pm: Use and abuse of the Tarot: using the Tarot as a literary device

4pm: The Long Long Journey to Earth2 – generational starships


10am: Remembering Terry Pratchett

12pm: Feral Children or Where are the Parents? Orphans in peril

12pm: Who Woulda Thunk It? – Dr Who wassup

1.30: Frankenstein’s Apocalypse

3pm: Vampires – what’s changed?

3pm: POP! Fan stuff – Cool swag or cynical money making exercise?


1pm: Vampire poetry

3.30pm: Terraforming the 7 new planets

4.30pm: Magical practices beyond the fairy tale – How have fairy tales borrowed from real-world magic systems?

If any of those strike your fancy, drop us a line at

If you’re not feeling up to being a panellist, consider offering to moderate a panel. We’ll hook you up with the panellists who will tell you what they want to cover in the discussion. You just have to come up with some crunchy questions and make sure your panellists all get a fairly even go on the mike.


Pre-register for Conflux 13 workshops

Have you checked out our Workshops Page to see what workshops are on offer this year at Conflux 13?

All our workshops are free with your Conflux 13 membership*, with the exception of Gillian Polack’s Questions of Culture, for which there is a $20 charge.

If you see something that tickles your fancy, don’t forget to register for it! You can do this by signing up at registration at Conflux, or if you’re super keen and definitely don’t want to miss out, drop us a line at

*For day memberships, you are able to attend all workshops on the day of your membership (with the exception of Questions of Culture with Gillian Polack, which has an additional charge of $20.)


Last day to enter our GOH Brekkie draw!

Today is the last day to go into the draw to win a ticket to the Conflux Guest of Honour Breakfast when you get your con membership!

Valued at $40, the Conflux GOH Breakfast is a delicious continental breakfast at 9am on Sunday 1 October at Vibe in the company of our two Guests of Honour, Ellen Datlow and Angela Slatter, and our MC Kaaron Warren. Spots at the GOH Brekkie are limited!



Progress Report

The first (and only) Progress Report for Conflux 13 Grimm Tales is now available on the PR Page.

Get all the news and final information on preparations for the convention there (or by clicking on this link).


One month to go!

There’s exactly one month to go until Conflux kicks off at Hotel Vibe!

Have you got your membership?

If not, get out your credit card, because every full con membership purchased between 1 – 7 September will go in the draw to win a ticket to the Conflux Guest of Honour Breakfast at 9am on Sunday, 1 October, valued at $40!

This is a new event for Conflux. We are offering a delicious continental breakfast at Vibe in the company of our two Guests of Honour, Ellen Datlow and Angela Slatter, and our MC Kaaron Warren. Spots at the GOH Brekkie are limited, so the mood is intimate and convivial.

Come along and enjoy the company and get caffeinated before hitting the con at 10am!


Fablecroft announces a brand new Angela Slatter boutique gift book!

To celebrate her invitation as Guest of Honour at Conflux 13, FableCroft Publishing has just announced an exclusive project with multi-award winning writer Angela Slatter. Produced as a limited edition chapbook, The Tallow-Wife is a gorgeous hardcover boutique gift book, lavishly illustrated by the incredible Kathleen Jennings, and only available for purchase for a very short time.

This beautiful book contains Angela’s darkly mannered novella “The Tallow-Wife”, along with “Fragments from the Citadel”, and an exclusive essay on the art of the world by Kathleen Jennings.

Head over to the Fablecroft website to pre-order your copy now, for the special pre-order discount price of AUD$35.00 (plus postage if not collecting at Conflux)! A very limited quantity will be available to purchase at full price at Conflux, but for the next month only, until September 21, 2017, we will take pre-orders for pick up or post anywhere in the world.

Even better, if you pre-order now for collection at Conflux your book will be signed by Angela!


Program updated!

Our almost-final program is up on our Program page – why not have a look? It is chock full of delicious spec fic goodness, just waiting for your delectation come the end of September.

There may be a few minor tweaks between now and when our members arrive bright and early for registration at 9am on Friday, 29 September, but this should give you a good idea of what is on offer and how you’ll need to arrange your schedule.

We’re still looking for people to sit on (most) of the panels we have on offer, so if you see something you like, drop us a line at and let us know you’d like to be involved (NB: to be on a panel, you’ll need to be a member of Conflux 13).

See you soon!