Nominations are now open for the 2009 Europe-to-North America TAFF race. The winner will attend Anticipation, the Worldcon, being held on August 6-10, 2009, in Montréal, Canada. For convention details, see http://www.anticipationsf.ca/.
To become a candidate for this race you must provide:
- Five nominations from known fans, three of whom must be European and two North American (nominators should send a signed nomination via postal mail OR if sending the nomination by e-mail, include a phone number for verification);
- A written platform, not to exceed 100 words;
- A £10 bond and a pledge that you will take the trip if you win.
All nominations, platforms, pledges, and bonds must arrive with an administrator (addresses below) by midnight, November 5, 2008. 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 immediately thereafter.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the administrators; if you plan to run, please alert them as soon as possible.
European TAFF Administrator
103 Rustat Road
E-mail: bugshaw at gmail dot com
North American TAFF Administrator
962 West Weddell Dr. #15
eDress: garcia at computerhistory dot org
WHAT IS TAFF? The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund was created in 1953 for the purpose of providing funds to bring well-known and popular fans familiar to those on both sides of the ocean across the Atlantic. Since that time, TAFF has regularly brought North American fans to European conventions and European fans to North American conventions. TAFF exists solely through the support of fandom. The candidates are voted on by interested fans from all over the world, and each vote is accompanied by a donation of not less than US $3 or UK £2. These votes, and the continued generosity of fandom, are what make TAFF possible.
More information about TAFF's history, customs, and practices may be found at the unofficial site maintained by Dave Langford at http://taff.org.uk/.