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Hello Everyone!

The Thirty-Seventh International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts is right around the corner! The on-line registration system will be open until March 2, 2016. After March 2, the on-line system will be closed temporarily so that the conference committee can commit to the hotel for space and meal requirements. The system will open again for on-site registration on March 16th. Please note that date changes for registration purposes are reckoned by local time in Orlando, Florida

Although you can join the association even if you don’t attend the conference, current IAFA membership is required if you are presenting a paper at the conference. If you haven’t already done so, you can renew your membership and register for the conference here:

If you are not presenting, but still want to attend the conference and hear some amazing papers, you do not have to be a member of IAFA, but you do have to register for the conference. You can register for the conference here:

A list of all fees associated with the conference can be found here and a “How To” guide for membership renewal can be found here, and a “How To” guide for registering and paying for the conference can be found here.

Student Caucus (SCIAFA):

The purpose of the Student Caucus (SCIAFA) is to foster and promote growth, scholarship, and fellowship among the student members of the IAFA and to address the needs of students working in the field of the fantastic, by establishing mentoring and other programs, through coordinating efforts with the main body of the IAFA. If you are a student member of the IAFA, you are automatically a member of SCIAFA

Discussion List:

All IAFA members are invited to join the IAFA listserv. You may do so by clicking here.


Interested in helping us make ICFA 37 a success? We are looking for volunteers to assist with the book room, registration desk, and A/V. Please use the survey link below to let us know when and where you would like to help. If you know of other people attending the conference that would like to volunteer and earn ICFA bucks to help them keep coming back, please share the survey with them. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Valorie Ebert, Membership and Registration Coordinator (iafareg AT

Please Note: We need extra volunteers to help load and unload the bookroom. If you plan on being at the hotel Monday and/or aren’t leaving until the following Sunday or Monday and would like to help with this important task, please indicate your willingness on the volunteer survey or contact Valorie Ebert, Membership and Registration Coordinator (iafareg AT

** Book Room Set Up normally begins at 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning. They need all the help they can get, so if you are at the conference early on Monday, stop by and lend a hand.

** Book Room Breakdown normally begins at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. Again, they need all the help they can get, so if you are an early riser, go lend a hand.

You can find the volunteer survey here.

ICFA Accessibility Policy:

ICFA is committed to being an accessible conference that supports the varied needs of our members. We understand how important it is for our attendees and panelists to feel comfortable and welcome.

The conference is held at the Orlando Marriott Lakeside Hotel. Members can find our accessibility policy here.

Social Media:

If you are on Facebook you can connect with IAFA here. In addition, if you are a student you can also join the Student Caucus Facebook page here.

If you have any questions or need any help with membership renewal or registration, please email me at iafareg AT

We look forward to seeing you in March!



Hello ICFA 37 Graduate Student Attendees!

I have extended the deadline to sign up for this year’s Graduate Student Writing Workshop to February 27th! If you are interested in signing up for the workshop, this is your last chance!

For the past few years, the Student Caucus has hosted a Graduate Student Writing Workshop, and it is time to sign up for this year’s session with Brian Attebery. This year’s workshop will be held on Friday, March 18th from 4:15-5:45.
The workshop is limited to 15 participants, and you must sign up in advance to attend. Please make sure to check the schedule to ensure you do not have any conflicts, and be aware that you will be expected to bring a 2 page writing sample with you to the workshop.

If you would like to be considered for this year’s workshop, please e-mail the following information to me at

-your name

-your preferred email address

-your institutional affiliation and adviser

-what stage you’re at in your program

-your dissertation or thesis topic (1-2 sentences)

-the issues or problems in your writing you’d most like to address (1-2 sentences)

-What personal stake do you have in writing academic prose, other than completing requirements for a degree?

Please send me this information no later than February 27th. Be aware that participants will be selected in the order in which they sign up, so you will want to get this information to me as soon as possible.


ICFA is committed to being an accessible conference that supports the varied needs of our members. We understand how important it is for our attendees and panelists to feel comfortable and welcome.

The conference is held at the Orlando Marriott Lakeside Hotel. Members should be aware of the following:

  1. The hotel has a number of mobility accessible rooms, which include full deaf alert systems. Members can select rooms with roll-in showers or handle-grip tubs (please note that the tubs are generally available only with rooms with single king sized beds.) Most of the mobility accessible rooms are not equipped with refrigerators; if you have medication that needs to be refrigerated, please contact the hotel in advance to arrange for a refrigerator in your room, or contact ICFA staff for assistance.

The main hotel registration desk is not fully accessible.

Please note that mobility accessible rooms are limited and may sell out. All nearby hotels contain at least eight mobility accessible rooms per hotel.

  1. Following Florida law, service animals are allowed for guests with disabilities.
  1. The hotel does not have a disabled accessible restroom on the second floor, where some panels are held.  Two elevators provide access to the disabled accessible restrooms on the ground level.  Many panels are held in in the hotel’s ballroom event area, which has fully accessible restrooms.
  1. The hotel’s lunchtime restaurant/bar area is divided by stairs. Members can reach the ground floor area directly, or reach the top area through a long access ramp off to the side of the bar.
  1. The hotel’s complimentary shuttle service is not wheelchair accessible. Boarding this service requires climbing three steps.
  1. The Orange County Lynx Bus service and all theme park buses are wheelchair accessible. Most services will require wheelchair users to use the complimentary seatbelts/straps.  Many Orlando taxis offer roll in wheelchair service; please alert the taxi service when making your reservation.  The Marriott hotel will be able to assist you with finding accessible taxi services.

Please note that ACCESS Lynx is not available at this time to out of state residents.

  1. Although a sidewalk does lead away from the hotel, it does not fully connect to other sidewalks offering access to local restaurants and overflow hotels. The curb cut from this sidewalk to the street is tilted and may cause issues for heavy power chairs and mobility scooters.  The curb cut from the main guest parking lot into the hotel is narrow and may cause issues for heavy power chairs and mobility scooters. The curb cut from the parking lot by the main ballroom area is fully accessible; that, and the main lobby entrance, are recommended entrances for wheelchair users.
  1. The hotel pool has a lift; although labeled self-operating, guests will need the assistance of hotel staff to use it.
  1. The Marriott hotel currently uses fluorescent lighting in most of its meeting rooms. The restaurant and bar area use a mix of LED and fluorescent lighting.
  1. Our banquet menus have been selected to offer a broad variety of foods, including clearly labeled vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options.
  1. At this time, financial restrictions preclude us from offering ASL interpreters or captioning. We welcome any suggestions on how we can improve accessibility for members in this area.

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts is accepting applications for the position of Head of the Horror Literature (HL) and Visual and Performing Arts and Audiences (VPAA) Divisions. Those interested in applying must send a cover letter explaining their interest in and qualifications for the position, and a current CV, to the First Vice-President, Dale Knickerbocker, no later than 10 March 2016. Division Heads are appointed by the President, on the recommendation of the First Vice-President, who chairs the Council of Division Heads, after formal discussion and majority vote of the Board. The termi is for three years. The terms are for three years. The VPAA Division Head will begin immediately following the 37th ICFA, the Head of HL will “shadow” the current Head until their appointment begins at the conclusion of the 38th ICFA in 2017.

Each Division Head organizes and supervises all conference activity within a subdivision of fantastic scholarship. Division Heads work under the guidance of the First Vice-President. Division Heads are responsible for recruiting session proposals and papers and are responsible for formatting these to the requirements of the First Vice-President. Division Heads are responsible for forwarding all information to the First Vice-President in a timely fashion. Division Heads have the responsibility to check the draft program for accuracy and AV needs. Division Heads are expected to liaise with other Division Heads and the First Vice-President. The First Vice-President is the final arbiter of the program under the aegis of the Executive Board. At the conference the Division Heads oversee sessions in their respective Divisions and collect suggestions for future topics, special guests, etc.

The winner of the 2016 Crawford Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts for a first book of fantasy fiction, is Kai Ashante Wilson for The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps (Tor). The judges cited the novel’s “fresh and powerful voice,” “gorgeous language, great characters, and wonderfully imagined setting.”

The other books included on this year’s Crawford shortlist include

Natasha Pulley, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (Bloomsbury); Ken Liu, The Grace of Kings (Saga Press); Indra Das, The Devourers (Penguin India); Seth Dickinson, The Traitor Baru Cormorant (Tor); and Adrienne Celt, The Daughters (Liveright).

Participating at various stages of this year’s nomination and selection process were previous Crawford winners Sofia Samatar, Jedediah Berry, and Candas Jane Dorsey, as well as Cheryl Morgan, Niall Harrison, Farah Mendlesohn, Ellen Klages, Graham Sleight, Karen Burnham, Jonathan Strahan, Liza Groen Trombi, and Stacie Hanes.  The award will be presented on March 19 during the 37th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, Florida.

Also at the conference, the IAFA’s Distinguished Scholarship Award will be presented to Cristina Bacchilega, and the Jamie Bishop Memorial Award for a work of scholarship written in a language other than English will go to Natacha Vas-Deyres and Patrick Bergeron.  The Walter James Miller Memorial Award, for a student paper on a work or works of the fantastic originally created in a language other than English, will be presented to Kristy Eager.  The IAFA’s general award for an outstanding student paper, formerly called the Graduate Student Award, has been rechristened the David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award, in tribute to editor and long-time IAFA Board member and book room manager David Hartwell. The winner will be announced at a later date.