As I type this we’re 44% funded on the World SF Travel Fund fundraiser, but we dearly need the help to get to 100%!
The Fund is set up to enable international genre professionals (writers, editors, translators, bloggers) to travel to a major convention – essentially the World Fantasy Convention, with which we’ve been aligned) and was started in 2011 to enable Charles Tan from the Philippines to attend WFC, where he was nominated for a World Fantasy Award.
In 2012, we helped sponsor Swedish writers Karin Tidbeck and Nene Ormes to travel to WFC in Toronto.
We’re now looking to raise $3000 to help us operate for another couple of years. This year’s recipients are Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (Philippines/Netherland) and Csilla Kleinheincz (Hungary) to WFC in Brighton, UK.
I should note that the cost for 2013 is fairly light. What we would dearly like is to make sure we have the funding in place for 2014.
Despite its name, World Fantasy Convention is not overwhelmingly international, and I think it’s important – for the genre itself, and for the international community, to “put the world back in World Fantasy”. If you think you can help us – by donating a few dollars, or merely spreading the word – please do!
Csilla Kleinheincz is a Hungarian-Vietnamese writer living in Kistarcsa, Hungary with her husband and daughter. She is the author of two novels and a short story collection. Her stories can be read in English in the anthologies Interfictions, Heiresses of Russ 2011, and The Apex Book of World SF 2. Some of her stories were translated into Portuguese, Finnish, Czech and Estonian. Csilla is also a translator of works by Peter S. Beagle, Kelly Link, Ursula K. Le Guin and Catherynne M. Valente. She currently works as the editor of the SF/F publishing house Ad Astra, and in her free time edits the Hungarian online SF magazine SFmag.
Rochita Loenen-Ruiz is a Filipino writer of science fiction and fantasy. A graduate of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop, Rochita was the recipient of the 2009 Octavia Butler Scholarship, and the first Filipina writer to attend Clarion West. Her short fiction has appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including Interzone, Fantasy Magazine, Apex Magazine, Weird Tales, and the anthologies Robots: The Recent A.I., and The Apex Book of World SF 2. In the Philippines, her short fiction has been published in Philippine Panorama, Philippine Speculative Fiction 2, and Philippine Speculative Fiction 4. Rochita currently resides in the Netherlands with her husband and her two children.
The Fund has set up a Peerbackers Project with the hope of raising $3000, enabling two years of running. The Board, tasked with selecting future candidates, is composed of Lauren Beukes, Aliette de Bodard, Nnedi Okorafor, Ekaterina Sedia, and Charles Tan, reflecting the truly international nature of the SF world today. For inquiries and further information please contact either co-administrators Lavie Tidhar or Sean Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org.