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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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!

 

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Announcing the Conflux 13 venue!

This year Conflux 13 will be trying out a new venue! We’ll be heading out to the brand new hotel Vibe, located just next to the Canberra airport.

There is paid parking close by, with free parking available on Beltana Road in nearby Piallago if you don’t mind a 5 minute walk. It’s a 12 minute drive to the centre of Canberra.

Vibe are offering rooms for Conflux members at $169 per night, room only, from Thursday 28 September through to Tuesday 3 October. You can book your rooms online: just visit this Hotel Vibe booking link and use the login code TH9414956.

Important stuff: yes there’s a bar. It’s even got a fireplace.

And we’ve tried the coffee. It’s pretty good. And reasonably quick. So their baristas know what they’re doing.

Here’s a map, too:

Any other questions? Let us know! We’ll try & answer them for you in the comments.

See you there!

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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 13…Grimm Tales

We are thrilled with our new banner for Conflux 13 – Grimm Tales. Could it be more awesome? Actually, no. No, it could not.

Brought to you by the supremely talented Shauna O’Meara. Prepare for more Grimm news in the next few days!

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