Congratulations to your new SCIAFA Representative Ida Yoshinaga and Vice Representatives Daryl Ritchot and Liz Lundberg!
The IAFA Student Caucus
The official student group within the IAFA is open to graduate as well as undergraduate students. The caucus, SCIAFA for short, sponsors a mentor program (see below), a panel (see below), and a late-night film screening at ICFA. Check out the SCIAFA website for more information.
The Joint SCIAFA/IAFA Mentoring Program is aimed at helping student scholars to find their way around ICFA, discover the natural friendliness of the conference as quickly as possible, use ICFA as an entrance into existing scholarly communities concerned with the fantastic, and leave with fond memories of the supporting organization and plans to return.
IAFA Graduate Student Award
One award is presented to the student who has submitted the best paper to the IAFA Student-Support Committee. The paper selected will be published in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts. Please note that acceptance of a paper for the Conference does not guarantee an award. You can find more information about the Graduate Student Award by following this link.
Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing (formerly the Isaac Asimov Award)
The $500 award will go to the best unpublished and unsold science fiction or fantasy short story submitted by a full-time undergraduate college student. The winner will be invited to the IAFA annual Conference on the Fantastic in mid-March in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and the winning story will be considered for publication in Asimov’s science fiction magazine. Information is available here.
SCIAFA ICFA Panel
Each ICFA during the annual SCIAFA meeting, IAFA student attendees are asked for input on a pragmatic panel they would like to see for students at the next ICFA. Past panels have included such topics as “How to Publish a Paper,” “Applying for Graduate Schools,” and “Getting a Job.”
We are excited to announce that this year’s (March 2012) SCIAFA panel, “Getting into Programs,” will be dedicated to those interested in applying to academic graduate programs and creative writing programs. The panel will feature Rob Latham, Kij Johnson, Joe Haldeman, and Neil Easterbrook.
If you have suggestions for next year’s panel please contact the current SCIAFA representative, Taryne Taylor at tarynetaylor AT gmail.com
SCIAFA Essay Workshop
We are also thrilled to announce a new programming item for SCIAFA this year. The SCIAFA Essay Workshop with Farah Mendlesohn. This workshop will be capped at 20 participants. Participants must have qualified by the time of the workshop and be actively engaged in working on their theses/dissertations. The application form will be sent through the SCIAFA e-mail list in February. Provided participants meet the criteria, registration for the workshop will be on a first come, first serve basis.
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