Program live

The moment you have been waiting for is here!

THE CONFLUX 14 PROGRAM IS LIVE.

Featuring:

  • Guest of Honour presentations by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Rob Hood
  • The inaugural Book Love Fest where you will find out the latest and greatest books to love
  • Frankenstein’s 200th Birthday Party
  • 11 workshops on various skills of writing and producing our beloved spec fic
  • 8 book launches
  • 25 plus panels on topics ranging from LGBTQI heroes to the Unconventional Hero’s Journey
  • 3 publishers/agents you can pitch to
  • Academic stream
  • Con dinner
  • Kaffeeklatches, readings, trivia and games

Plus the Art Show and Dealers Room, which will be open throughout the con.

And that’s just what is happening onsite! Last year’s amazing Whiskeycon is on again.

There’s still room for more – so if you have an idea, pitch it and we’ll see what we can do. And if there are panels you are interested in doing, we can see if we have room there as well.

Otherwise – come along. Join the Conflux Family. We’d love to have you.

You can download the program here.

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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

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Art show details

The Competitions page has been updated with additional details on the Art Show, including the entry form.

(And a reminder – the Short Story Contest closes at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, MONDAY 31 JULY. So stop editing and hit “send”).

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Time to get your creepy creativity on…

This year Conflux is offering an extra creative outlet for those of you so inclined…

Riffing off the theme of  Guest of Honour Ellen Datlow’s 2015 anthology, The Doll Collection, we would like you to try and creep us right out by creating something horrible for our Conflux 13 Scary Doll competition.

Entry will be by gold coin donation. You’ll be able to drop your creepy creations off in the art show room for display throughout the con. We’ll reveal the winner (who will get a tacky trophy and maybe some chocolate) at the closing ceremony.

Looking forward to seeing the depths of nightmarishness you will plumb for this one.

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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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#Conflux9 Art Show opens

The Conflux 9 Art Show is open. With a range of speculative fiction-related works, there’s something for everyone, from wearable art to mixed media to digital art to oil and brush masterpieces. Most pieces are available for purchase – auction forms are available in the Art Show room and at Registration.

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Conflux 9 art show – entries open

Entries are open for the Conflux 9/Natcon 2013 art show. Details on the Art Show page.

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