Shimmer Program / Storycom Offers Two Grants to Send Chinese Conrunners to Worldcon 76

Storycom is encouraging Chinese fans to take an active part in the Worldcons by offering grants for Chinese conrunners to attend Worldcon 76.

2 active Chinese fans will be selected and granted RMB 10,000 each, for their attendance in and work for Worldcon 76, which will be held in San Jose in August 2018. The beneficiaries should buy attending memberships for Worldcon 76, book their flights and hotels, as well as apply for visa by themselves, with the help of Storycom. The beneficiaries should also volunteer to work for Worldcon 76 and promise to take active part in attending and organizing both domestic and international science fiction activities in the future.

Some of the eligibility requirements are:

  • The applicant must be a Chinese citizen and live in mainland China.
  • The applicant should promise that he/she will help with future Chinese Worldcon bid if there is any.
  • The applicant’s English proficiency should meet the requirements of working for Worldcon 76.

Judging the applications will be Sumin Yang , the winner of the Worldcon 75 Attending Funding (2017), and the Worldcon 76 committee

Full requirements and application guidelines are available at the link.

[Thanks to JJ for the story.]

3 thoughts on “Shimmer Program / Storycom Offers Two Grants to Send Chinese Conrunners to Worldcon 76

  1. This sounds like a good idea — but I hope it gets properly publicized in the US, because RMB 20,000 (USD 3020 according to Google’s exchange calculator) less at least $1925 (cheapest airfare per Orbitz(*) ) doesn’t leave a lot for 8(**) nights hotel space, let alone meals (which one hopes alert fans would treat them to). I wonder what kind of politics would ensue if the Worldcon comped part of their hotel time….

    (*) Orbitz didn’t list Chinese airlines among the lowest fares; searching China Airlines and Hainan Airlines directly got higher fares.

    (**) That’s how long I stayed (with no tourism) at the last two Worldcons I worked on; if the winners are coming to work and learn, they should be around at least that long, so they see what’s involved in setup and teardown.

  2. Chinese convention runners, for a country where time travel fiction was banned in 2011?

    How about fiction in which Tiananmen Square was successful and brought about more democracy? I can’t see that being the subject of any story published there, nor of any convention programming, either, unless people want to win the PIFF (Prison Incarceration Fan Fund) Award.

  3. “Chinese convention runners, for a country where time travel fiction was banned in 2011?”

    Nope. It was banned for films and TV. Not for fiction.

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