Au Contraire News http://www.aucontraire.cons.nz/ News from Au Contraire - New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions en http://www.aucontraire.cons.nz/images/ac.jpg http://www.aucontraire.cons.nz/ Rainbow Youth Donation and Blog Roundup This week we were delighted to make an initial donation of $876.40 to Rainbow Youth. This donation came from the LexiCon Auction, Floating Market, and cash donations from members direct to Rainbow Youth.

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46 Sun, 25 Jun 2017 05:00:00 +0000
Thank you! Before we head off home, we just want to say a huge thank you to all of you who helped make this weekend awesome!

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45 Sun, 04 Jun 2017 20:00:00 +0000
LexiCon Day 2 & new Night Sky event! Welcome to Day 2 of LexiCon!

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44 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 19:00:00 +0000
The Registration Desk is open! The LexiCon registration desk is open (a little earlier than planned)!

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43 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 22:00:00 +0000
Welcome to LexiCon & Conbook eBooks It's the first day of LexiCon!

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42 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 20:00:00 +0000
How to contact us during LexiCon From tomorrow, we'll be starting our journeys to - and setting up at - the Suncourt hotel. Here's how to get in touch with us from tomorrow.

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41 Tue, 30 May 2017 22:00:00 +0000
Masquerade and Art Competition A reminder that if you want to participate in the Masquerade, you need to sign up here by the end of tomorrow. The masquerade takes place on Saturday night and we're really looking forward to seeing your costumes!

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40 Tue, 30 May 2017 03:00:00 +0000
One week to go! It’s just one week until LexiCon! We’re really excited to see you all soon.

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39 Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:00 +0000
Sign up for limited entry events! A few of our events are limited entry. If you'd like to attend the Publicity for Authors or Super Sculpey workshops, or participate in the Word of the Things radio play, now's the time to sign up.

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38 Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Art competition closing! Our Art Competition is closing to emailed entries this Saturday (20th May), and we'd love to see your work.

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37 Tue, 16 May 2017 21:00:00 +0000
Hotel Bookings Closed & Late Memberships Hotel booking through the LexiCon site is now closed and we will be closing our standard membership signup process on 23rd May.

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36 Wed, 10 May 2017 20:00:00 +0000
One month to go! LexiCon is just one month away! We’re confirming the details of what we hope will be a fantastic weekend for everyone, and are looking forward to seeing you all next month.

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35 Tue, 02 May 2017 04:00:00 +0000
We're looking for panelists! Our timetable is almost finalised, but we're still looking for a few panelists.

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34 Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:00:00 +0000
LexiCon: A Guide for Writers As well as being readers, watchers, and general geeks, we know some of our members also create science fiction and fantasy. In this update, we highlight some of the aspects of LexiCon that might be of particular interest to writers.

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33 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:00:00 +0000
Two months to go! We have just two months to go until the convention! We don’t quite know where the time has gone, but we’re putting together final touches on the programme and working hard (in a completely calm and not at all panicked manner) on sorting out all the other details that go together to make a convention happen, and we’re really excited to see you all soon.

Read on for more updates on our programme, social media, competitions, conpacks, and more…

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32 Sun, 02 Apr 2017 08:00:00 +0000
Three months to go! It’s three months until LexiCon! We’re looking forward to welcoming you at the Suncourt three months today, for a weekend full of panels, presentations, workshops, cosplay, gaming, and hanging out in the bar.

Read on for updates on our programme, accommodation, competitions, merchandise, and more...

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31 Wed, 01 Mar 2017 19:00:00 +0000
Competitions and Announcement of AGM Our writing competitions are closing soon, and we're also legally required to hold an AGM. Here are some details on both.

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30 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:00:00 +0000
LexiCon Programme - first draft out now! We are delighted to bring you a first draft of our programme! Check it out.

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29 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000
LexiCon’s writing competitions are now open! Submissions are now open for our short story and drabble competitions. Tell us a ratty tale, or invent a new word for our lexicons...

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28 Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Spring Newsletter Our spring newsletter includes updates on programming, merchandise, and more.

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26 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 23:00:00 +0000
Ghost of Honour announced Orville the rat will be our In Memoriam Guest of Honour. He is best known for appearing in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.

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25 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 03:00:00 +0000
Fan GoH announced 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.

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24 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Guest of Honour announced Seanan McGuire (aka Mira Grant), renowned Californian urban fantasy and horror author, filk singer, and cartoonist, has been confirmed as our Guest of Honour.

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23 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:00:00 +0000
Cosplay! AU CONTRAIRE 3 presents COSPLAY

 

2 hrs of costuming: 7.00pm-9.00pm Saturday 4th June

 

Come join us and show off your creations

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22 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 09:00:00 +0000
GUEST OF HONOUR: Juliet Marillier Au Contraire 2016 is proud to announce that Juliet Marillier has graciously agreed to fill the vacancy for our Guest of Honour.

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21 Wed, 01 Jun 2016 08:00:00 +0000
Publisher's Panel: Updated information I'VE WRITTEN A BOOK – NO, YOU'VE WRITTEN A MANUSCRIPT

 

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20 Wed, 11 May 2016 06:00:00 +0000
Sir Julius Vogel Awards voting packet The SJV voter packet is now available for members of SFFANZ or Au Contraire 2016.
 
For full information on the finalists, and how to access the SJV voter packet, go to:
 
http://www.sffanz.org.nz/sjv/sjvNominations-2016.html

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18 Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:00:00 +0000
Stephanie Paul Regrettably, we have been informed today that Stephanie Paul is now no longer able to make the convention, as she will no longer be in the country during June. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this, and are looking for a suitable Guest of Honour to replace her. We hope to bring you more positive news shortly. We will have 2 copies of the Iron Sky DVD signed by Stephanie Paul for sale in the Auction.

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19 Sat, 23 Apr 2016 21:00:00 +0000
LexiCon now open for registrations! It’s time to book your spot at the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, being held at Queen’s Birthday Weekend 2017 in Taupō.

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17 Sun, 17 Apr 2016 04:00:00 +0000
Young Adult stream We regret to announce that registrations for the YA Stream are now closed. To get on a waitlist in case a space becomes free later, please email info@aucontraire.cons.nz.

 
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16 Fri, 15 Apr 2016 04:00:00 +0000
Au Contraire 3 Short Story Award Results Announced! Given the short submission window, Dan and I were delighted with the response to this speculative writing competition, receiving 37 entries of an extremely high quality. The stories were wide-ranging in theme and style, although there was a definite nod to science fiction, world-building, and stories with darker aspects. Exactly the kinds of stories we like! While it made for a weekend of excellent reading, it also made it especially hard for us to whittle the list down to just six finalists. Those shortlisted stories were forwarded to Arthur C. Clarke shortlisted writer, Phillip Mann, who had the difficult task of making the final decision.

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14 Wed, 13 Apr 2016 04:00:00 +0000
Short Story Contest Update Thank you to everyone who submitted their work. We received 37 eligible stories of an extremely high quality - they were a pleasure to read...

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13 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 08:00:00 +0000
Grace Bridges: One-Page Workups On Saturday 4 June, from 10-12 Grace Bridges of Splashdown Books will be offering One page Work-ups in the lobby/bar.

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12 Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000
Au Contraire Update We're just over a couple of months out from Au Contraire 2016, and the full schedule is up on our website here: http://ac2016.cons.nz/timetable.php. As with all NatCons, things can change at the last minute, and we'll notify people with as much warning as possible if things do change.

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11 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:00:00 +0000
Taupō to host science fiction and fantasy event in 2017 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 Taupō from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 June (Queen’s Birthday Weekend).

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15 Thu, 15 Oct 2015 19:00:00 +0000
That's it for 2013 10 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Timetable & Competitions 9 Sat, 06 Jul 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Last Chance to Book Accommodation 8 Sat, 22 Jun 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Provisional Timetable 7 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Raymond Feist in Wellington 6 Mon, 13 May 2013 09:00:00 +0000 More Competitions! 5 Sun, 03 Mar 2013 02:00:00 +0000 Short Story Competition Update 4 Sun, 30 Dec 2012 01:00:00 +0000 Website Update - Membership Editing 3 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:00:00 +0000 GoH: Jennifer Fallon! 2 Tue, 03 Jul 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Website is live! 1 Sat, 02 Jun 2012 02:00:00 +0000