Conflux 14: And that’s a wrap!

We are all done now for 2018!

And what a con it was. Thanks to our Guests of Honour, Rob Hood and Lee Murray (the best Emergency GOH ever!) and MC Rob Porteous (aka Irony Man), and thanks to all our presenters, workshop convenors and panel members. Thanks to Uncle Mingku for his warm and thought-provoking Welcome to Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country. Thanks also to our indefatigable Conflux Committee and con volunteers, without whom there would be no con. And a massive thank you to all our Conflux 14 attendees – it’s your presence and participation that makes Conflux such a wonderful, warm, welcoming place to be.

A dapper gentleman in a bowler hat and elaborate, tailed jacket, with white gloves and a cane and a curled handlebar moustache.

MC Rob Porteous, photo courtesy of Paula Boer

A petite dark haired woman, an older man with glasses and a leather jacket and another older man in a tweed jacket and broad brimmed hat sitting at a conference table talking.

At the Opening Ceremony: GOHs Lee Murray and Rob Hood with Uncle Mingku; Photo courtesy of Paula Boer


A flamboyant looking gentleman in pinstripe pants and braces with a skin tight Iron Man T-shirt and strange goggles. He has an elaborate, curled handlebar mustache and is standing with his chest puffed out.

Irony Man! (Irony: like silvery only prone to rust.) Photo courtesy of Paula Boer

A few announcements!

The winners of the CSFG-Conflux 14 Short Story Competition were:

  1. C H Pearce, with Flipping the Fat on Middle Fifth
  2. Andrew Old, with Sea Wolf
  3. A G Cook, with Program Anne

The winners of the Conflux 14 Art Show were:

  • The E G Harvey Prize for Australian Speculative Art: Keely Van Order for Isomorphic Transformations
  • Best Professional 2-dimensional artwork: Shauna O’Meara for Lakeside
  • Best Amateur 2-dimensional artwork: Alistair Ott for Sketches
  • Best Amateur 3-dimensional artwork: Dion Perry for Mutual Respect
  • Best Amateur digital artwork: Llewllyn Dobbs for Spirit of Nature

And, finally, we will see you all again next year, for Conflux 15:

What Lies Beneath…

With Guest of Honour Thoraiya Dyer

Author of the Titan’s Forest Series



Frankenstein’s 200th Birthday party

Image result for image frankensteinThe Creature of Frankenstein was born/artificially created in 1818… and is still going strong. This year is his 200th birthday and you are invited to a special party to celebrate it. Join monster-creators Professors Robert Hood and Kaaron Warren as they reveal their experiences with the Monster and his legacy of horrors, share your own thoughts and experiences, and salute the Terror. Hopefully the Creature will join us! As food and drink will be provided, an entrance fee is required. Book through the membership process or if already a member, emailing


Conflux 14 MC

Dr Rob Porteous will be the MC for this year’s Conflux:
Rob is a Canberra writer and editor who dreams of being an Evil Overlord. Completely ambidextrous, he’s working on a sprawling epic fantasy novel and a neon-sharp cyberpunk SF novel simultaneously. In between times, he runs the Canberra Spec-fic Guild’s Novel Writing Master class and writes the odd short story.


CSFG/Conflux short story comp is OPEN!!!

Holy tales of epic deeds of epicness, Batman!

It’s time to once again break out your storytelling super-powers, because Conflux Inc is partnering with the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild to bring you the CSFG/Conflux 14 short story competition!

This year’s theme is THE UNCONVENTIONAL HERO!

We want your tales of 4000 words or under about tales of unconventional heroes, heroines and awesome people of non-specified gender, in any speculative fiction genre.

The competition is open to all Australian residents and members of either the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild or Conflux 14.

Entry is $5, unless you are a member of the CSFG or Conflux 14 or you are aged 16 or under, in which case it is free!


First prize is $200 and a Conflux 15 membership! Second prize is $50 and a discounted Conflux 15 membership, and third prize is $25 and a discounted Conflux 15 membership.


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, Times New Roman, Ariel or 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 before midnight on 31 July 2018.


Fees can be paid by direct deposit (BSB: 325185 Acct: 03421621 Acct name: Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild) or Paypal to (For other options or any more information contact us directly at the address)


Announcing the Conflux 14 Guest of Honour

We are very pleased to announce that this year’s Conflux Conference Guest of Honour is Ambelin Kwaymullina. Dr Kwaymullina is an Indigenous Australian novelist, illustrator, and assistant professor of law at the University of Western Australia. She is of the Palyku people (Pilbara region of Western Australia). As well as beautifully illustrated picture books, she is the author of The Tribe series of novels: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf (Walker Books, Australia, 2012. Shortlisted for Aurealis Awards); The Disappearance of Ember Crow (Walker Books, Australia, 2013); and The Foretelling of Georgie Spider (Walker Books, Australia, 2015).  She has a new speculative fiction novel due out in September: Catching Teller Crow (Allen and Unwin).

We are so much looking forward to her visit in October this year.


Conflux 14: The Unconventional Hero

We are pleased to announce that Conflux 14: The Unconventional Hero will be held at the Vibe Hotel in Canberra from Saturday 29 September through to Monday 1 October 2018. There will also be an opening social BBQ event on Friday evening at a local park (TBA). Registrations are now open at
See you in spring!


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


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.)


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).


Draft program is up!

Our draft program is now up on our Program page. There are still a few gaps we have left to fill, and some stuff may move around between now and September. But, please, have a look & let us know if there’s anything we’ve missed you’re dying to get on the schedule.