AHWA Shadows Awards Submissions Open

The Australian Shadows Awards, awarded by the Australasian Horror Writers Association, are now open to submissions until March 31 2020.

Open to authors from Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, works can be submitted to: <australianshadowsawards@gmail.com>

Further details on the awards entry rules, categories, and eligibility can be found here: <https://australasianhorror.com/australian-shadows-awards/award-entry-rules/>

News from:
Greg Chapman and Lynette Watters
Australian Shadows Awards Coordinators

Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin – DVD Documentary

The Foundation received in the mail last week (for its efforts in providing a copy of the 1975 Aussiecon Guest of Honour Speech) a DVD copy of WORLDS OF URSULA K LE GUIN, a very fine 88-minute documentary by Arwen Curry of the life and work of Ursula.

As if we didn’t know it already from reading her blogs, Ursula remained as feisty as ever (more so, even) until her death in 2018. Penetrating interviews and speech snippets are accompanied by stunning animations (particularly of some of the Earthsea books) and interview grabs from people we know well.

The extras, including the entire 1975 speech, are important add-ons. Indeed, I cannot see why the all-important section about THE LATHE OF HEAVEN was missing from the main film, since it’s the only section that deals with Ursula’s advocacy of Taoism.

You can order a copy at your favourite local DVD shop/outlet, or online via Amazon.

(From Bruce Gillespie)

Continuum 16 (2020) “All Possible Futures” News

Melbourne’s annual SF Convention, Continuum for 2020 is set to run over the extended weekend of June 5 to June 8. “All Possible Futures” will be held at Rydges on Swanston.

There’s an accessible tram stop right outside the venue, and the space of Lincoln Square next door, and the location is a mere 500m from Lygon St and the shops and restaurants there. The hotel itself has a bar and grill for all our BarCon needs.

If you don’t want to stay on-site, Ibis Melbourne Swanston Street, Arrow on Swanston, and The Eminence on Queensberry are all within 500m to the south of the venue.

The continuum team will have more information about transport, accessible restaurants, and nearby entertainment closer to the convention.

Memberships and more information at <http://www.continuum.org.au/>

DUFF Candidates 2020 Announced

The Down Under Fan Fund, administrated by Paul Weimer and Marlee Jane Ward, has announced four candidates for the 2020 Down Under Fan Fund race, which will send a fan from North America to ConZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction convention in Wellington, New Zealand.

The Four Candidates are:

Richard Auffrey

(nominators include: Dan Rabarts, Ed Tisdale, Gillian Polack, Fred Kiesche, Paul Moore)

Shaun Duke

(nominators include David Annadale, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Jen Zink, Beverly Bambury, Joyce Chng)

James Davis Nicoll

(nominators include Sean Fagan, Mike Glyer, Elaine Walker, David Goldfarb, Jo Van Ekeren)

Erin Underwood

(nominators include: David McDonald, Jim Kelly, Garth Nix, Nancy Holder, Janice Gelb)

The revised and improved official ballot along with the candidate platforms is here:

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Note that the DUFF ballot is fillable and savable.

Voting will take place until March 27th, 2020.