Monthly Archives: August 2012

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 – nominations close 11 October, so you had better get busy nominating!