Robinne Weiss’s short story, The Pied Piper, has just been published as the cover story in Andromeda Spaceways Magazine. The Pied Piper won the 2017 Lexicon Short Story Contest, and garnered an honorable mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. The story was inspired by the Predator Free NZ campaign.
LexiCon, the 38th New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, are pleased to announce details of two competitions being run as part of the convention: the Short Story and Drabble contests. There will also be competitions for Art, filking, and costuming, with details to come.
SpecFicNZ are proud to support these competitions, and hope that many of you will enter.
Short Story Competition
In association with SpecFicNZ.
The winners will be selected from the shortlist by our Guest of Honour, Seanan McGuire. Pre-judging will be carried out by Andi Buchanan and Cassie Hart, the LexiCon co-chairs and editors of the Sir Julius Vogel Award winning anthology Tales for Canterbury.
LexiCon is excited to announce our In Memoriam Guest of Honour. A prodigious film star in his day, his contribution to fantasy is unquestioned, as is his much renowned fondness for cheese. Yes, our third Guest (or Ghost) of Honour is none other than the legendary Orville.
“We’re delighted to commemorate Orville’s life and achievements,” says LexiCon co-chair Cassie Hart. “We believe we’re the first Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention to have the pleasure of honouring a rat in this way, and we hope this is just the beginning of a worldwide trend.”
The 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention is being held over Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2017 in Taupo.
Seanan is also Guest of Honour at the 2017 Continuum convention in Australia (Continuum 13: Triskaidekaphilia) and both conventions are looking forward to her visit to the Southern Hemisphere.
She is the author of the October Daye and InCryptid urban fantasies and the Newsflesh novels (under the pseudonym Mira Grant). She also records CDs of her original filk music and is creator of the autobiographical web comic “With Friends Like These…”.
Head to the event’s new website www.lexicon.cons.nz where you can register early and book accommodation, all in one place.
Convention Committee co-chair Cassie Hart says the new website is the first step in the lead up to what is going to be an exciting event.
“We wanted to make things easy for everyone by having a one stop shop where you can register for the convention, book a room at the event venue and sign up for convention news updates,” says Cassie.
Organisers of LexiCon, the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, have just announced that the 2017 event will be held at the Suncourt Hotel in Taupo from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 June (Queen’s Birthday Weekend).
Convention Committee co-chairs, Andi Buchanan and Cassie Hart say they’re thrilled with the decision.
“We were really keen to hold Lexicon in a New Zealand town that had never hosted one before so we could introduce the concept to the local community,” says Andi Buchanan. “After speaking to a number of venues across the country, Taupo came up tops.”