International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts

The purpose of the IAFA is to promote and recognize achievement in the study of the fantastic, mainly through the organization and management of an annual academic conference, the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA). IAFA also publishes the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, which is a peer-reviewed journal for scholarship within the field of the fantastic, and the news blog on this site (under News in the menu), which publishes information relevant to the IAFA membership.


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The 40th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts

March 13-16, 2019

Orlando Airport Marriott Lakeside, Orlando, Florida

Guest of Honor: G. Willow Wilson

Guest Scholar: Mark Bould



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ICFA 40 Announcement of 25th Anniversary of Dell Magazines Award

At ICFA 40, the Dell Magazines Award will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the return of the first Dell Award winner, Eric Choi, to the Conference on the Fantastic. Choi, a celebrated Canadian aerospace engineer and award-winning writer and editor, will receive a special commemorative plaque at the conference awards banquet from Sheila Williams, editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and co-founder and co-judge of the award with author and teacher Rick Wilber. The Dell Magazines Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing (formerly the Asimov Award) honors the best previously unpublished undergraduate science-fiction or fantasy short story of the year. A number of other winners and finalists from previous years will be in attendance.


Please visit our sister organization, Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung.

Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung
The Gesellschaft für Fantastikforschung (GFF) [Association for Research in the Fantastic] is the first academic association in the German-speaking world committed to furthering research on the fantastic in art, literature and culture. It strives to broaden scholarly and cultural insight in this area. To that end, the association publishes its membership journal “Zeitschrift für Fantastikforschung” twice a year as well as its own book series “Beiträge zur Fantastikforschung”. In addition, an annual conference provides the opportunity for a membership assembly, taking place in different locations each year.