Applications to pitch your work opening tomorrow

This year Conflux is offering attending members the opportunity to pitch their work to one of four people – agents Tara Wynne, Alex Adsett, Paul Landymore and publisher consultant Abigail Nathan.

To pitch, you need to be one of the first six people to nominate that you wish to pitch to that particular person.

How do you do that?

From tomorrow (Wednesday April 3), email conflux9 at gmail dot com with the three people you wish to pitch to, in order of preference.

Every opportunity will be made to give your first choice but as each person is only hearing six pitches in their session, that opportunity is limited.

Depending upon numbers, you may be limited to just one person.

To see what the pitch recievers are interested in considering, go to our Pitching webpage. Somethings to note – don’t waste time pitching your work to someone who is clearly not interested in your sub-genre or subject matter and pitch something that is ready to be read, or almost ready to be read, so if you are asked to send the manuscript you can get it to them as soon as possible.

Note – there’s a panel on pitching at 4.30pm on Thursday and Chris Andrews is running a workshop on developing pitches at 8am Friday April 26 to help you prepared. You MUST be an attending member of Conflux 9 to take up this opportunity.

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Need a roomie?

Are you looking for someone to share with for Conflux 9?

Use the comments on this post to put yourself forward – ask and hopefully thou shalt receive.

If you are happy to have a room-mate and share the costs, then please read and respond.

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Ditmar Awards – Voting now open!

The Ditmar subcommittee are pleased to announce the ballot for the
Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Award for 2013. Voting has now opened, and will
remain open until one minute before midnight AEST (ie. 11.59pm, GMT+11), Thursday, 25th of April, 2013.

Note – every category also contains the option to vote no award should be granted, as per the Ditmar rules.

The 2013 ballot is as follows:

Best Novel
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* Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)
* Bitter Greens, Kate Forsyth (Random House Australia)
* Suited (The Veiled Worlds 2), Jo Anderton (Angry Robot)
* Salvage, Jason Nahrung (Twelfth Planet Press)
* Perfections, Kirstyn McDermott (Xoum)
* The Corpse-Rat King, Lee Battersby (Angry Robot)

Best Novella or Novelette
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* “Flight 404”, Simon Petrie, in Flight 404/The Hunt for Red Leicester
(Peggy Bright Books)
* “Significant Dust”, Margo Lanagan, in Cracklescape (Twelfth Planet
Press)
* “Sky”, Kaaron Warren, in Through Splintered Walls (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Short Story
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* “Sanaa’s Army”, Joanne Anderton, in Bloodstones (Ticonderoga
Publications)
* “The Wisdom of Ants”, Thoraiya Dyer, in Clarkesworld 75
* “The Bone Chime Song”, Joanne Anderton, in Light Touch Paper Stand
Clear (Peggy Bright Books)
* “Oracle’s Tower”, Faith Mudge, in To Spin a Darker Stair (FableCroft
Publishing)

Best Collected Work
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* Cracklescape by Margo Lanagan, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth
Planet Press)
* Epilogue, edited by Tehani Wessely (FableCroft Publishing)
* Through Splintered Walls by Kaaron Warren, edited by Alisa Krasnostein
(Twelfth Planet Press)
* Light Touch Paper Stand Clear, edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon
Petrie (Peggy Bright Books)
* Midnight and Moonshine by Lisa L. Hannett and Angela Slatter, edited
by Russell B. Farr (Ticonderoga Publications)
* The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011, edited by Liz
Grzyb and Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications)

Best Artwork
————————————————————————
* Cover art, Nick Stathopoulos, for Andromeda Spaceways Inflight
Magazine 56 (ASIM Collective)
* Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, for Midnight and Moonshine (Ticonderoga
Publications)
* Illustrations, Adam Browne, for Pyrotechnicon (Coeur de Lion
Publishing)
* Cover art and illustrations, Kathleen Jennings, for To Spin a Darker
Stair (FableCroft Publishing)
* Cover art, Les Petersen, for Light Touch Paper Stand Clear (Peggy
Bright Books)

Best Fan Writer
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* Alex Pierce, for body of work including reviews in Australian
Speculative Fiction in Focus
* Tansy Rayner Roberts, for body of work including reviews in Not If You
Were The Last Short Story On Earth
* Grant Watson, for body of work including the “Who50” series in The
Angriest
* Sean Wright, for body of work including reviews in Adventures of a
Bookonaut

Best Fan Artist
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* Kathleen Jennings, for body of work including “The Dalek Game” and
“The Tamsyn Webb Sketchbook”

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
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* The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
* Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Alex
Pierce
* Antipodean SF, Ion Newcombe
* The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
* Snapshot 2012, Alisa Krasnostein, Kathryn Linge, David McDonald, Helen Merrick, Ian Mond, Jason Nahrung et. al.
* Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus, Alisa Krasnostein, Tehani
Wessely, et. al.
* Galactic Chat, Alisa Krasnostein, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Sean Wright

Best New Talent
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* David McDonald
* Faith Mudge
* Steve Cameron
* Stacey Larner

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
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* Alisa Krasnostein, Kathryn Linge, David McDonald, and Tehani Wessely, for review of Mira Grant’s Newsflesh, in ASIF
* Tansy Rayner Roberts, for “Historically Authentic Sexism in Fantasy.
Let’s Unpack That.”, in tor.com
* David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Tehani Wessely, for the “New Who in Conversation” series
* Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene, for “The Year in Review”, in The Year’s
Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011
* Rjurik Davidson, for “An Illusion in the Game for Survival”, a review
of Reamde by Neal Stephenson, in The Age

The official ballot paper, including postal address information, may be
downloaded as a PDF format file from:

http://ditmars.sf.org.au/2013/2013_Ditmar_ballot.pdf

Once voting opens, votes will be accepted via email to:

ditmars@sf.org.au

However, if possible, please vote online at:

http://ditmars.sf.org.au/2013

Postal ballots will be distributed in the near future.

Voting for the Ditmar Award is conducted in accordance with the rules
specified at http://wiki.sf.org.au/Ditmar_rules, and is open to members
of Conflux 9 (including supporting members) and to members of
Continuum 8 who were eligible to vote in the 2011 Award. Voting in all
award categories is by the optional preferential system, and each
eligible individual may vote only once. All ballots (including emailed
ballots) should include the name and address of the voter. If you have
questions regarding the ballot or voting procedure, please email
ditmars@sf.org.au.

Prizes

This year, everyone who votes in the Ditmar Awards will go in the running for some cool prizes – so make sure you have your say on what you think was the best science fiction/fantasy/horror related work by an Australian to grace the world in 2012!

If you’re not yet eligible to vote, join Conflux 9 now! Membership form available on the tab above.

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Nalo Hopkinson in the Los Angeles Times

Get to know Conflux 9 Guest of Honour Nalo Hopkinson better thanks to this fantastic article from the Los Angeles Times.

http://www.latimes.com/features/books/jacketcopy/la-ca-jc-nalo-hopkinson-20130324,0,4217315.story

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Ditmar Award nominations close THIS WEDNESDAY

At midnight on Wednesday, nominations close for the 2013 Ditmar Awards. Within a week, the finalists will be announced – stay tuned!

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Nominations for the 2013 Australian SF (“Ditmar”) awards are now open and will remain open until one minute before midnight Canberra time on  Wednesday, 20th of March, 2013 (ie. 11.59pm, GMT+10). Likewise, postal nominations must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, 20th March, 2013.

The current rules, including Award categories can be found at:

http://wiki.sf.org.au/Ditmar_rules

You must include your name with any nomination. Nominations will be
accepted only from natural persons active in fandom, or from full or
supporting members of Conflux 9, the 2013 Australian National SF
Convention. Where a nominator may not be known to the Ditmar
subcommittee, the nominator should provide the name of someone known to
the subcommittee who can vouch for the nominator’s eligibility.
Convention attendance or membership of an SF club are among the criteria
which qualify a person as “active in fandom”, but are not the only
qualifying criteria. If in doubt, nominate and mention your qualifying
criteria.

You may nominate as many times in as many Award categories as you like,
although you may only nominate a particular person, work or achievement
once. The Ditmar subcommittee, which is organised under the auspices the
Standing Committee of the Natcon Business Meeting, will rule on
situations where eligibility is unclear. A partial and unofficial
eligibility list, to which everyone is encouraged to add, can be found here:

http://wiki.sf.org.au/2013_Ditmar_eligibility_list

While online nominations are preferred, nominations can be made in a
number of ways:

1. online, via this form:

http://ditmars.sf.org.au/2013/nominations.html

2. via email to ditmars@sf.org.au; or

3. by post to:

Ditmars
6 Florence Road
NEDLANDS WA 6009
AUSTRALIA

So make sure you nominate to get your favourite Australian work for the year 2012 onto the ballot.

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NSW Speculative Fiction Festival

Today at the NSW Writer’s Centre the annual spec fic festival is being held. Lots of Conflux family are there, talking up spec fic and showing everyone how awesome the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror are!

Conflux 9 committee member Zena Shapter will be there. If you don’t have your membership in yet, she’ll have some forms on her, and also the awesome Conflux fridge magnets. She’ll be able to fill you in on everything Conflux, so make sure you have a chat with her!

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Ditmar Award Nominations open

Nominations for the 2013 Australian SF (“Ditmar”) awards are now open
and will remain open until one minute before midnight Canberra time on
Wednesday, 20th of March, 2013 (ie. 11.59pm, GMT+10). Likewise, postal
nominations must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, 20th March, 2013.

The current rules, including Award categories can be found at:

http://wiki.sf.org.au/Ditmar_rules

You must include your name with any nomination. Nominations will be
accepted only from natural persons active in fandom, or from full or
supporting members of Conflux 9, the 2013 Australian National SF
Convention. Where a nominator may not be known to the Ditmar
subcommittee, the nominator should provide the name of someone known to
the subcommittee who can vouch for the nominator’s eligibility.
Convention attendance or membership of an SF club are among the criteria
which qualify a person as “active in fandom”, but are not the only
qualifying criteria. If in doubt, nominate and mention your qualifying
criteria.

You may nominate as many times in as many Award categories as you like,
although you may only nominate a particular person, work or achievement
once. The Ditmar subcommittee, which is organised under the auspices the
Standing Committee of the Natcon Business Meeting, will rule on
situations where eligibility is unclear. A partial and unofficial
eligibility list, to which everyone is encouraged to add, can be found here:

http://wiki.sf.org.au/2013_Ditmar_eligibility_list

While online nominations are preferred, nominations can be made in a
number of ways:

1. online, via this form:

http://ditmars.sf.org.au/2013/nominations.html

2. via email to ditmars@sf.org.au; or

3. by post to:

Ditmars
6 Florence Road
NEDLANDS WA 6009
AUSTRALIA

So make sure you nominate to get your favourite Australian work for the year 2012 onto the ballot.

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Advertise in Conflux 9 con book

Do you want your business/book/service seen by hundreds of Australia’s most active and engaged fans and industry professionals?

Then advertising in the Conflux 9 con book!

Bookings close February 1 – get your booking in now so you don’t miss out.

The prospectus is available here.

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Conflux 9 program outline

The outline of the program for the convention is now live.

A few things to note:

* The readings timeslots can have up to five different reading sessions at the same time. It will depend upon how many people want to do a reading. If you do, then email conflux9 at gmail dot com to let us know

* We’ll be announcing the workshops in a couple of weeks, and will be open for bookings by the end of January – except the pitching workshop, which will only be open to people who enter the pitching competition

* Proposed panels will be announced by the end of January. If you’ve not let us know that you’ll be attending the convention, please do so by emailing conflux9 at gmail dot com as we’ll be sending out invites to participate in particular panels over the next few weeks

* We’ve not yet got the launches placed on the program – if you’re planning on launching at Conflux 9, please contact us with your preferred launch time so we can program you in

We’re looking forward to providing lots of development and networking opportunities for writers and industry professionals, as well as lots of fun, chatter and catch-up for everyone. It’s going to be a blast!

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Update on pitching session with Deonie Fiford

We are sorry to announce that Deonie Fiford will not be hearing author pitches at Conflux 9. Deonie Fiford had resigned from HarperVoyager. Deonie said that she is very sorry to miss out on the pitching sessions.
 
While Deonie indicated that the new editor at HarperVoyager may be interested in hearing pitches during Conflux 9, we are unable to accommodate such an arrangement within the competition timetable. A new editor has not been announced so we have not been able to negotiate a new arrangement. As such we will only be reading entries for Marc Gascoigne’s (Angry Robot Books) pitching competition.
 
We will be having other non-competitive pitching opportunities at Conflux 9 and we will be announcing those closer to the time. These pitching sessions will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, with those with full memberships given preference. There will not be a competitive
element.
 
We are very sorry to bring you this news.
 
Regards
 
Donna and Nicole
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