INTERACTION, THE 63rd WORLD SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION
PRESS RELEASE #48 - Japanese Expeditionary Travel Scholarship (JETS)
GLASGOW, Monday 24 July 2006
Nominations are now open for a one-off race to attend the 2007
Worldcon in Japan.
The Japanese Expeditionary Travel Scholarship (JETS) is a special fund
created for the purpose of assisting a European science fiction fan,
elected by popular vote of other European fans, to travel to and attend
Nippon 2007, the 65th
World Science Fiction Convention which will be
held on 30 August to 3 September 2007 in Yokohama.
It will be funded by a grant of £1,000 from Interaction, the 63rd World
Science Fiction Convention, and by the fees paid by those fans who
choose to vote.
The nomination and voting process will be administered for Interaction
by the League of Fan Funds. This is a one-off race and there will be no
ongoing administration required by the winning candidate after the trip.
However, there is an expectation that the winner will produce some form
of report about their trip -- not least to inform and/or entertain those
voters who weren't able to make the trip themselves -- within a year.
To become a candidate for this race you must provide:
All nominations, platforms, pledges, and bonds must reach the League
of Fan Funds at the address below by midnight (GMT) on Monday 13 November
2006. So long as at least two prospective candidates have satisfied these
requirements by that date, distribution of ballots in both electronic
and paper form will begin as soon as possible thereafter.
- nominations from four other individuals who would be eligible to vote
as described below (nominators should send a signed nomination by post
OR, if sending their nomination by email, include a phone number for
- a written platform of up to 100 words which will be printed on the
ballot form (which could include your proposal about the way in which
you will report back on your trip);
- a £20 bond and a pledge that you will take the trip if you win.
(Send via post or hand to an administrator in person; make cheques
payable to 'League of Fan Funds'.)
Voting will be open to any science fiction fan based in Europe who was
active in fandom before 2005 and/or who was a member of Interaction,
and who contributes at least £3 or 5 euros to the fund alongside their
vote. (Larger donations will be gratefully accepted.) Voting will be
similar to other fan travel funds in that it will be by secret (but
signed) ballot with only one vote counted per person. The winner will
be selected through a preferential ballot system, and will be the
candidate who obtains an overall majority of the votes cast under
The deadline for voting will be Friday 13 April 2007; a result and
voting breakdown will be announced as soon as possible after this date.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the League of Fan
Funds. If you are considering standing, it would be very helpful if
you would alert the administrators as soon as possible.
League of Fan Funds c/o 59 Shirley Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 7ES, UK
The 2005 World Science Fiction Convention, known as Interaction, took
place in Glasgow, UK from 4-8 August 2005. More information about Interaction,
is available from our web site at
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Release Date 24th July 2006