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Here’s a brief intro to the contests we are running this year (subject to enough entries received).

More info posted soon.

All contests close 9pm on Tuesday 29 May.
You have to be a member of unCONventional to enter these contests.

email address for all contests:

Winners will be announced at the convention.

Art / Photo Contest

Calling the many talented artists in fandom!  We know you’re out there, so how about letting others see your work?   Get it to us early enough and you may see your artwork on the cover of the con book (with your permission of course).


Fanvid Contest

Show off your creative editing techniques at the same time as you are showcasing clips of your favourite movies and TV series.  You may even see it played at the opening ceremony.

Drabble Contest

What is a drabble?  A drabble is a short (very short) and carefully constructed story.  A drabble has one hundred words to tell that story – not a word more and not a word less.  This year, the theme of the drabble should be inspired by something unconventional, or perhaps an everyday mundane event with a twist at the end.

Short Story Contest

Yes: we know the definition of short story (length) varies with each contest or writer, therefore we have decided to be rather flexible and set the length as between 5000 and 8000 words.

This year, just like the drabble, the short story should be inspired by something unconventional, or perhaps an everyday mundane event with a twist at the end.

60-Second Sound Bite Challenge

Calling all movie buffs!  Your challenge is to create a 60 second conversation made up mostly by quoting from Sci-Fi and Fantasy movies / TV series.  All quotes must be fully acknowledged.

Best accommodation deal – must buy before 9pm today

Check out this link.
The deal is only available if you purchase it before 9pm.
It is valid for use during Queen’s Birthday Weekend – that’s the weekend of the con!

This is a BETTER DEAL THAN BOOKING DIRECTLY with the Surrey Hotel and using the unCONventional discount code.
Same dollar value, but you also get a free drink and a $20 food credit.

Fund-Raising Event: SF-themed Scavenger Hunt

The Great unCONventional Scavenger Hunt:

A Scavenger Hunt with a Sci-Fi / Fantasy Theme


DATE:         Thursday 22nd March

PLACE:       Sylvia Park


COST:          Adults: $10.00           At school: $5.00

Including a light meal at planet fall


Launch time:        6:30 pm           outside Countdown

Planet fall:               7:30 pm


The scavenger hunt will take place within the boundaries of the Sylvia Park.

You may work as Independent Traders (on your own), Planetary Observers (in pairs) or as a Galactic Corporation (groups of three or more).

There will be bonus points awarded to those who snap photos of the other teams – and those who are wearing their Cloaking Shields!




You may register on the night, but if you pre-register, it makes it easier for us to judge the amount of food to buy – and to gauge the level of interest.

See you there

Fund-raiser: Fair Trade Chocolate

With Easter coming up soon, now is probably one of the best times to be thinking about chocolate.  We have the chance of selling Fair Trade chocolate – if we have enough interest we may be able to arrange distribution points in Auckland and Wellington.

Support your con and support those struggling to earn a fair wage.

More info to follow.

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