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Conflux 9 is currently collecting expressions of interest for workshops. If you are interested in presenting a workshop at Conflux 9, please download this form and email it back to us.



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Pitching opportunity Conflux 9

Pitching session with Marc Gascoigne

Managing Director and Publisher of Angry Robot Books

Do you have a completed speculative fiction manuscript?

Would you like to pitch your novel to Angry Robot Books’s Marc Gascoigne?

Conflux 9 is providing the opportunity for 10 to 15 debut and previously published authors with the opportunity to pitch their novels to Marc Gascoigne in April 2013 as part of the Australian National Science Fiction Convention to be held in Canberra from 25 April to 28 April 2013. This is a professional development opportunity to have your novel manuscript in front of an editor.

What do you have to do?

Ensure your MS is as good as it can be. Send the first 30 pages of your MS in standard format RTF or DOC file and a maximum two page synopsis (that is, summary of characters, plot and your intentions/inspiration, in that order) to conflux9@gmail.com during the submission period and using the subject line AngryRobotPitch.

It may pay for you to check out some of Angry Robot’s publications beforehand to ensure your work is what they might be looking for. Here is a link to their submission’s page for more information. http://angryrobotbooks.com/submissions/

If you are already member of Conflux 9 you don’t have to do anything more than wait.

If you aren’t a member of Conflux 9, then join up. The minimum requirement is for entering is a $30 supporting membership.

To attend the pitching workshop during Conflux 9 you need to be attending Conflux on the day of the workshop and a full attending membership is preferred. Those who win a place and cannot attend Conflux 9 will have to give up their place to those the next in line.

What is the process?

The manuscripts will be assessed by two readers and a final list of up to fifteen decided. The authors of these manuscripts will be invited to a preparatory workshop and then to the pitching session.

A two-hour workshop on how to pitch novels will be presented by author, Rowena Cory Daniels. This will be followed by a one-on-one pitching session with editor Marc Gascoigne for 5 minutes.

When will this take place?

Submissions will be open from 1 January to 31 January 2013. The entries will be read during February 2013. The announcement of the shortlisted authors will be made during March. The top ten synopses will be sent to Marc Gascoigne in early April.

And then what?

Marc Gascoigne may invite authors to send him manuscripts for consideration. However, there is no guarantee he will do so. Conflux 9 and Marc Gascoigne do not provide any guarantees that authors who are selected to pitch novels will be invited to submit a full manuscript. All decisions are final and discussion will not be entered into.

Marc will be available during Conflux 9 for any member to talk to, either during general events or in the bar.

Promoting Conflux 9 at Conflux 8 this weekend!

To make this a special occasion, I have made a steampunk-themed cake for the Conflux 9 table. Come on over a drool. Take pictures. The cake is edible art, I think. Cakes are very transient.

I’m not sure what we will do with the cake. Perhaps we will auction it at the closing ceremony to raise money for Conflux 9.

And another view.

Underneath all that sugar is a white mud cake with white chocolate ganache (top layer) and a caramel mud cake below with Belgian dark chocolate ganache.

Conflux Incorporated Annual General Meeting

The 2012 Annual General Meeting of Conflux Incorporated will take place on Sunday, September 30 at 12.20pm (lunchtime) at Novotel Canberra (exact venue of meeting to be determined).

The business of the meeting is to table audited accounts and the president’s report and to elect a new executive for the coming year.

Anyone who is a member of Conflux 9 as of the AGM is eligible to be a member of Conflux Incorporated for this meeting. To do so, you simply need to attend the AGM or inform Conflux Inc president Nicole Murphy via president.conflux@gmail.com.

For more information about Conflux Incorporated, email president.conflux@gmail.com

The deal with supporting memberships

So, how many times have you looked at the ‘supporting memberships’ part of a convention membership form and wondered what it meant?

Probably none, but I’m going to tell you anyway 🙂

There’s a few ideas behind the supporting memberships. Some conventions use them to get people to sign up at a cheaper price with the promise that they can pay later but at the early-bird price. It gets money into the account, and also names to help you start programming. Some conventions see it as a way of building community, knowing who is out there supporting the convention but unable to attend. Generally, all supporting memberships get you access to all the convention publications, including the con book.

At Conflux 9 however, the $30 you spend on a supporting membership gets you more than just the publications. If you become a supporting member, you can:

  • Enter the short story competition, with a first prize of $500 (entries close August 31)
  • Get access to the livestreaming of interviews and some panels/events from Conflux 9
  • Vote in the 2013 Ditmar Awards AND the 2014 Ditmar Awards

So as you can see, a supporting membership at Conflux 9 offers a lot of value.

Regarding the livestreaming – we’re planning on doing interviews with our guests, and if we can show some aspects of the convention for those who love Conflux and want to be part but can’t attend. We love our Conflux family – the fabulous people who have attended Conflux in the past and want to come back again, and we’re going to do everything we can to make those who can’t come to Canberra feel like they’re taking part.

So sign up for your supporting membership now, to get the fullness of the benefits. Membership form is here.

GUFF race on to bring European fan to Conflux 9/NATCON 2013

Do you love speculative fiction, live in Europe and yearn to come to Conflux? Know any fabulous SF fans on the Continent who would make the 2013 NATCON something extra special? Well, here’s your chance to nominate for the 2013 GUFF ballot and win a trip Down Under.

What’s that I hear you ask? GUFF is the ‘Going Under Fan Fund’, which is a trust fund to assist one Northern Hemisphere speculative fiction fan travel to the bottom of the world every second year to immerse themselves in some antipodean fun. The following year sees the fund send a ‘Southerner’ to Europe in a reverse race.

If you’re interested or you know someone who should be, head on over to the website of last year’s GUFF winner for more information http://guff.lostcarpark.com/news/20120821/guff-2013-call-nominations – nominations close 11 October, so you had better get busy nominating!

Help make Conflux as inclusive as possible

The committee has been discussing what we can do to ensure we make Conflux 9 accessible to as many people as possible. There’s going to be restrictions on what we can do, based on money and the fact we’re just volunteers. But we’d hate to miss something that we could have done simply because we didn’t know.

There’s certain things we’ve already been thinking of. For example, Rydges Capital Hill has some specially designed rooms for the mobility impaired – if you want to book them, you’ll need to contact the hotel direct but you can still get them at the convention rate. As well, there are a number of regular rooms that are right on the convention floor, making them a good choice if you have some mobility issues. Mention that you’d like one of these rooms when book online. 

We’ve checked out the hotel and insured that all the areas – bar, restaurant, convention floor – are accessible in wheelchairs. We’re also aware that we need to ensure that if we have platforms that panels and such are taking place on, they will need ramps to be accessible and we’re going to look into whether the hotel has hearing loops and what is involved in making them work.

As well, we can organise to have the con book and/or program published in large print for those with sight disabilities. Just let us know a month out, so we can do the printing.

And we’re talking about possibilities to make attending the convention more accessible for those with financial hardship. 

So now I put the question to you all – what are the things we should be aware of to make Conflux a convention that is welcoming and accessible for as many people as possible? I’ve spoken a bit about some issues facing the disabled, but maybe there’s people with other issues that we should consider in order to make their convention going experience as positive as possible.

So share your thoughts. Please.

Rydges’ Link

Hi there

The link to online booking with Rydges is currently down. We have put in a call and hope to have it repaired soon. You can still ring and book your rooms using the reference number. The online booking form allows you to reserve rooms by leaving your credit card details, but will not charge your credit card now.

We will let you know when it is up and running again.


Donna and Nicole

Short Story Competition-Steam, Angels, Junk


The short story competition is launched!

Conflux loves encouraging writers, and this is a fabulous opportunity. You can win large cash prizes and publication!

The Conflux 9 Short Story Competition is now open and will close on September 15, 2012. The competition is only open to amateur writers ie those who have not made a professional sale. For the purposes of this competition, a professional sale equates to either being paid more than 5c per word for a short story sale, or having sold a novel to a publisher. Size of publisher doesn’t matter. Self-publishing does not equal a professional sale. We welcome and encourage writers who are yet to be paid for their writing to enter.

The theme is ‘Steam, Angels, Junk’. All entries will be judged by a panel of esteemed writers – Dirk Flintart, Jenny Blackford and Joanne Anderton.”

The competition is administered by writer and editor Elizabeth Fitzgerald.

First prize is $500, second prize $250, third prize $100. Stories will also be published in the Conflux 9 con book, under the priviso that the story is either already of a publishable standard or the author is willing to work with an editor to polish it.

To enter, you must be a member of Conflux 9 (either a full, attending membership or a supporting membership). Note! To be more inclusive we are opening in the competition up to non-members for a $5.00 entry fee. You can pay this by paypal and write the receipt number in your entry. If you do take a membership up, we will deduct this $5 from your membership. Here.

We would also like to acknowledge the support of the Australian Science Fiction Foundation, which can be found here.


  • Stories must be no more than 3000 words
  • Stories must be speculative and fit the convention theme ‘Steam, Angels, Junk’
  • Stories must not be previously published, no simultaneous entries
  • Writers can enter more than one story, but only one story per writer can win a prize
  • Stories must follow usual formatting eg 12pt Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins
  • The stories will be blind-read so please ensure your name is not present on the story, in either the body or the header
  • Stories must be submitted by RTF attachment to conflux9storycomp@gmail.com by midnight August 30, 2012
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • The judges are unable to give feedback on submissions