FFANZ Winner – Edwina Harvey

Edwina Harvey has been unanimously voted to be the Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ). This means she will be traveling from Australia to attend unCONventional. Here is some more info about Edwina:

Author of YA SF novel, The Whale’s Tale. (available through peggybrightbooks.com and as an e-book through Wizard’s Tower Books: www.wizardstowerbooks.com)

Ceramic and Silk artist. See the Celestial Cobbler site: www.celestialcobbler.com

Editor and Ad Girl for Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. (www.andromedaspaceways.com)

For Edwina’s view on this strange planet see: edsed.livejournal.com

Oh yes and she will be launching a book at unCONventional!


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:   contests@unconventional.sf.org.nz

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.

Book Launch “Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear”

Some of you will have spotted that there is a book launch happening on the Sunday of unCONventional. The launch event is for Light Touch Paper, Stand Clear edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie and released by Peggy Bright Books. Want to know more – come along to the launch. In the meantime, admire the cover and the list of stories that the book contains.

Joanne Anderton, ‘The Bone Chime Song’
Adam Browne, ‘The D____d’
Sue Bursztynski, ‘Five Ways to Start a War’
Brenda Cooper, ‘Between Lines’
Katherine Cummings, ‘The Travelling Salesman and the Farmer’s Daughter’
Thoraiya Dyer, ‘Faet’s Fire’
Kathleen Jennings, ‘Kindling’
Dave Luckett, ‘History: Theory and Practice’
Ian McHugh, ‘The Godbreaker and Unggubudh the Mountain’
Sean McMullen, ‘Hard Cases’
Ripley Patton, ‘Mary Had a Unicorn’
Rob Porteous, ‘The Subjunctive Case’
Anna Tambour, ‘Murder at the Tip’

“Zombie & Vampire Ball” – theme for the masquerade/cosplay

The regular masquerade/cosplay event at natcons will have a theme this year. At unCONventional, we give you the Zombie and Vampire Ball. Dress up to join the ranks of the undead and show off your style.

There will be a costume competition and that means prizes. The costume competition will not be restricted just to on-theme work – you have the full range of the universe to choose from if you so desire. If you have been working away on your fully functional Zaphod Beeblebrox second head costume, we so do want to see that.

There is a weapons policy for this convention. Please check with us if you plan to use something that could be construed as a weapon (use the good old “could I walk into a bank with this” check).

We know that not everybody likes to dress up in costume finery. That is cool too – please come along, you won’t be alone. If it helps in the concept of the theme, you are dressed as “prey”.

Group Signing

We thought you would all like to know about our Group Signing event. This is a new item for NZ cons (did you see our name?!). In recent years we have had more and more writers attending the NZ natcon but it hasn’t been easy to arrange a way of making sure everybody gets a chance to see and buy their work and then chat to the author and get the work signed. There simply aren’t that many slots in a timetable.

But with a bit of inspiration from across the Tasman, we are giving our author members a chance to have a signing event as a group. If you are an author, come along and sign up then grab a spot at a table, stack up your books and tell the folks about yourself.

If you want to meet new authors, buy their books and so forth, come along to the event and have a browse. You will undoubtedly be surprised as to how many really fine local authors there are for you to meet.

Sir Julius Vogel awards

A reminder to everybody attending unCONventional that you are eligible to vote in the Sir Julius Vogel awards. These are the New Zealand national Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror awards. The awards will be presented on Sunday evening at the convention (voting will close at midday that day).

The shortlist of nominees that will appear on the ballot forms is available on the SFFANZ web site.

The nominated works will be on display at the convention so you can make an informed choice. Many of the nominated people are attending the convention. Remember that you don’t have to vote in every category, so don’t hold back.

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.

Using Facebook to arrange stuff for the con

Just a reminder to everybody that we are happy if you want to use our facebook wall to post general cooperation or offer requests ralating to the con.

Examples of the type of thing we are thinking about include – offers/requests for transport from the airport or possibly requests to share a taxi. Offers of accommodation by people or room-share requests. Perhaps you need somebody to help you cart all your floating market haul for you.

You get the idea – go for it.

The Auction

In keeping with the spirit of the name of this convention, unCONventional has decided not to hold the traditional auction item this year. Instead the Floating Market time has been extended to give buyers and sellers more time to trade.

If we receive any high value items to sell (for example. remember the Weta Figurines last year) then these will sold using a blind auction process during the convention. If you don’t know what a blind auction process is, just think Trademe – same thing really. We do think this is fairer as it gives everybody a shot at bidding on items.

Programme Participants

Programme participant names have been posted against the unCONventional Events list on the Events page. Take a look to see the great lineup of people we have contributing to events.

If you were expecting to see your name against and event, and it isn’t there, please drop us a line. Chances are we are waiting to hear from you for confirmation. Ditto if your name is appearing somewhere you were not expecting.