In 2011 a combination of genre professionals and fans from the international scene and the United States gathered together to create the World SF Travel Fund. The fund was set up to enable one or two international persons involved in science fiction, fantasy, or horror to travel to a major genre event. Since 2001, the fund had fully or partially funded:
2011 - Charles Tan (Philippines), World Fantasy Convention, San Diego (full)
2012 - Karin Tidbeck, Nene Ormes (Sweden), World Fantasy Convention, Toronto (partial)
2013 - Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (Philippines/Netherlands), Csilla Kleinheincz (Hungary), World Fantasy Convention, Brighton (full)
This year’s recipient is Haralambi Markov (Bulgaria).
Haralambi Markov is a Bulgarian critic, editor, and author. He is a Clarion workshop 2014 graduate, and his stories were published inn Tor.com and elsewhere. As a young writer on the road to professional publication, writing in English as a second language and coming from the former Eastern bloc, we believe he is an ideal candidate for the fund, and will both benefit the convention and himself with being able to travel to WFC this year, which is a professional gathering of the genre's foremost practitioners.
The Fund has set up this Kickstarter Project with the hope of bringing Haralambi Markov, as well as next year’s recipient, over to World Fantasy, and in the process documenting Markov’s journey from Bulgaria to Saratoga Springs, through a convention report to be made available to all the reward recipients.
The Board, tasked with selecting future candidates, is composed of Lauren Beukes, Aliette de Bodard, Nnedi Okorafor, Ekaterina Sedia, and Charles Tan, reflecting the truly international nature of the SF world today. Administrators are Sean Wallace and Lavie Tidhar.
Participating publishers include: Angry Robot Books, Solaris, Prime Books, Twelfth Planet Press, and Apex. Additional contributions come from The Dark Magazine (http://thedarkmagazine.com/) and Zen Cho.
Risks and challenges
We’ve successfully pulled off several years of crowd-funding for the World SF Travel Fund, even sometimes exceeding our initial goals. The biggest challenge is probably coming up with more rewards for stretch goals, but I think we can tackle that down the road should it happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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