Submissions are now open for our short story and drabble competitions. Tell us a ratty tale, or invent a new word for our lexicons...
Our spring newsletter includes updates on programming, merchandise, and more.
Orville the rat will be our In Memoriam Guest of Honour. He is best known for appearing in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.
John Toon, a dedicated contributor to the New Zealand fan community and a familiar face at local conventions, is confirmed as the Fan Guest of Honour at LexiCon.
Seanan McGuire (aka Mira Grant), renowned Californian urban fantasy and horror author, filk singer, and cartoonist, has been confirmed as our Guest of Honour.
Au Contraire organises science-fiction and fantasy conventions in New Zealand, hosts forums for fan discussion, and generally seeks to promote organised fan creativity. It's the first ongoing con-running organisation in NZ; while SF&F cons have been held in NZ every year since 1979, before Au Contraire they were all run on an ad-hoc basis. There have been three Au Contraire conventions so far, in 2010, 2013, and 2016.
While the mass market purchasing dollar for popular culture is ably served in this country by Armageddon, Au Contraire seeks to promote grassroots, non-commercial fandom - filking, fan-fiction, cosplay, handicrafts, fanvids and everything else that's done for the love of SF&F rather than to make money.
Au Contraire is run entirely by volunteers, and operates on a non-profit basis, with excess funds donated to charity.