From the TAFF ballot form: The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund was created in 1953 for the purpose of providing funds to bring well-known and popular [science fiction] 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 all over the world, and each vote is accompanied by a donation [...] These votes, and the continued generosity of fandom, are what make TAFF possible. (See past and present ballot forms for more.)
2020 Eastbound Race
- Online voting form
- 2020 TAFF ballot [HTML] with platforms; [PDF]
- Call for Nominations
- Candidates Announced
- Result with voting details
- TAFF News (Facebook)
- TAFF News (Twitter)
- Europe: Johan Anglemark, Lingonv. 10, SE-74340 Storvreta, Sweden. Email EUTAFF (at) gmail.com.
- North America: Geri Sullivan, 37 Monson Road, Wales, MA 01081-9743, USA. Email TAFF (at) toad-hall.com. Incoming: Michael Lowrey.
- Email both administrators
- TAFF Newsletters
- All the Past TAFF Races (in detail)
- TAFF Winner Index
- Past TAFF Ballot Forms
- Free Ebooks
- News Bulletins at this site
- TAFF Publications [largely superseded by the Newsletters page above]
- TAFF in Thirteen Paragraphs
- TAFF Administrator FAQ
- TAFF Logos
- TAFF Group Photo, 2010
- First TAFF Race Announcement, October 1953
- Voting Procedures Since 1954
- Trip Reports Sampler ... brief extracts from unfinished reports
- TROLL (TAFF Reports On-Line Library) ... rekeying/scanning old material – with wants list!
- Older News Bulletins from this page
- FANAC Fan Funds Page
- FANAC TAFF Ephemera – miscellaneous scanned newsletters
- Ron Ellik's letters to Ethel Lindsay and others on the 1963-1964 TAFF races
Announcements & Updates
18 October 2021 The TAFF administrators have announced a 2022 westbound race intended to transport a European delegate to the Chicago Worldcon (Chicon 8) in September 2022. Full release here.
October 2021 Anna Raftery's TAFF report: Cuttlefish and Cake is now available for download at a cost of £5.00. All proceeds to TAFF.
September 2021 More thanks for another publication bounty: "Dear FANAC – Many thanks on behalf of TAFF for your generous $500 contribution for the publication of John Coxen's TAFF report, Best. Trip. Ever. Your support of the publication of TAFF trip reports is deeply appreciated. The money itself and how much it helps fund upcoming TAFF trips is immensely useful, and we also value how the bounty helps promote the publication of trip reports, which in turn provide a lasting record and help share the enjoyment and adventures of each trip." (Geri Sullivan, 6 September)
August 2021 "TAFF thanks SCIFI, the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, Inc., for the group's generous $500 donation supporting the publication of Cuttlefish and Cake, Anna Raftery's TAFF report from her 2016 trip. Anna's multimedia report was initially developed as a series of Zoom interviews with 2011 TAFF Delegate John Coxon, and is now in the final stages of being published as a PDF. A full announcement and links to follow shortly." (Geri Sullivan, 31 August)
April 2021 The latest addition to the free ebook library is Creative Random Harris, a huge collection of fanwriting by Chuck (alias Chuch) Harris – one of the founders of TAFF.
January 2021 Rob Hansen's researches into fan history revealed that although no candidates' platforms appear in the 1957 TAFF ballot, profiles of all the candidates were published in Yandro #50 (March 1957) edited by Buck and Juanita Coulson, a special TAFF issue that also has an article by Walt Willis on the fund's early years.
October 2020 Many, many more conventions have been postponed or cancelled since March, and the TAFF administrators have reluctantly decided that it's not feasible or sensible to run a 2021 race. Here is the official release.
March 2020 Reaction to the increasing COVID-19 pandemic has already shut down one major convention (Fantastika in Sweden) on Michael Lowrey's TAFF trip itinerary; others may well follow. Sadly it looks as though the trip as planned will have to be cancelled and rescheduled for some less difficult time. TAFF can afford more air tickets if no refunds can be had, but it's a cruel blow to Michael's hopes. See File 770 post.
March 2020 Jeanne Gomoll writes: "As winner of the 1987 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) Race, I traveled for 3 weeks in England, Scotland and Ireland, visiting with UK science fiction fans and attending the 45th world science fiction convention, Conspiracy 87, in Brighton. This is my much-belated trip report – written and published 33 years after I returned home, reconstructed from audio tapes and photographs. Highlights include tales of my convention experiences, visits with Chuck Harris, Vincent Clarke, Walt Willis, James White, David Langford and Greg and Linda Pickersgill. Printed version (with B&W photos) $15; PDF version (with color photos) $8.99. Page count: 96 pages. All proceeds of this publication will be donated to TAFF." See https://tinyurl.com/JGTAFF.
21 January 2020 Now available: press release with full voting details.
13 January 2020 From the Administrators: The 2020 TAFF race is over! These are the preliminary results. A final announcement with full voting results with be made shortly, but given the magnitude of the win, we're able to confidently announce the 2020 TAFF delegate today. 103 votes were cast: 67 in North America, 34 in Europe, and 2 in the rest of the world. Of the votes cast, 11 were for No Preference. Of the remaining 92, 83 votes were cast for Michael "Orange Mike" Lowrey [below], who won this race with a simple majority in the first round of voting. We, the administrators, wish to congratulate Mike on his win! We would also like to thank everyone who voted, everyone who donated money to TAFF, everyone who shared our announcements, and most of all, Ann Totusek who ran against Mike. Thank you all!
17 December 2019 The fund administrators, Johan Anglemark and Geri Sullivan, have published their joint newsletter TAFFish 1 with candidate interviews, an update on TAFF finances and a reminder of the 12 January deadline for voting in the current race.
1 November 2019 The two candidates in the 2020 TAFF race have been announced as Michael Lowrey and Ann Totusek, with the voting ballot to follow on 4 November.
6 October 2019 John Purcell, former North American TAFF administrator from 2017 to 2019, has deleted his TAFF-specific Gmail account with user name 2017taff2019. Although this is listed a few times in past announcements and ballot forms, it's hardly necessary to tell friends of TAFF that the latest contact addresses on the TAFF home page are the ones to use.
24 September 2019 The 2020 race is announced! [PDF document] "We, the current administrators of The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund, issue a call for nominations for the 2020 TAFF race, to go from North America to Europe. The winner will attend Concentric: Eastercon 2020, in Birmingham, UK, (www.concentric2020.uk) from April 10 to April 13, 2020. Yes, it is an eastbound race for the second consecutive year. Looking at the next five Worldcons and Worldcon bids, that makes the most sense, we think. The nomination deadline is 31 October, 2019."
24-26 April 2019 Geri Sullivan is this year's TAFF delegate and will attend Dublin 2019: see the initial announcement and the detailed press release with voting breakdown. Claire Brialey reports that over £1000 was raised by the TAFF/GUFF auction at Ytterbium (the UK Eastercon), with further donations and voting fees bringing the total to well over £2000; John Purcell adds that voting donations on the North American side exceeded $1500.
April 2019 Yet another addition to the free ebooks on this site: Francis T. Laney's infamous 1948 fan memoir and polemic Ah! Sweet Idiocy!. Also (though not exclusive to this site) A TAFF Guide to Beer, first published April 2019.
6 March 2019 The four candidates in the current TAFF race answer mercilessly probing questions in TAFF News Redux #2.
January 2019 Jim Mowatt's 2013 trip report Wherever I Lay My Hat! is now available as a free PDF download from this site.
19 December 2018 TAFF News Redux reminds us of the state of play in the current race and includes a ballot form. John Purcell urges us all to share it far and wide.
1 December 2018 Voting is now open in the 2019 race with candidates Teresa Cochran, Sarah Gulde, Mike Lowrey, and Geri Sullivan. The online voting form is active; this and the 2019 ballot form both include the candidates' hard-sell platforms; there is also a printable PDF ballot.
30 November 2018 With the addition today of David Langford's Don't Try This At Home: Selected Convention Reports, there are now 31 titles on this site's Free Ebooks page.
23 November 2018 John Purcell writes: "While Johan Anglemark prepares the official ballot for the 2019 TAFF race to the Dublin Worldcon next year, we are proud to announce the names of the four candidates: they are Teresa Cochran, Sarah Gulde, Mike Lowrey, and Geri Sullivan. / Voting begins on December 1, 2018 and ends on April 22, 2019. (John Purcell, North American TAFF administrator; Johan Anglemark, European TAFF Administrator)"
1 October 2018 Here is the official PDF newsletter announcing the opening of nominations for the 2019 TAFF race.
10 September 2018 The administrators John Purcell and Johan Anglemark announce that TAFF nominations for the 2019 eastbound race (whose winner is to attend the Dublin Worldcon) will open on 1 October 2018, closing on 22 November 2018, with votes accepted from 1 December 2018 to the closing date of 22 April 2019. Candidates need three North American and two European nominators and must also provide a platform of not more than 101 words and $20 USD bond sent via PayPal to 2017taff2019 [at] gmail dot com. A more detailed newsletter announcement is in preparation.
July 2018 TAFF News Special Report gives details of 2018 delegate Johan Anglemark's trip itinerary. Jim Mowatt has more good news about his trip report (see 26 April below): "'I have recently sent copies of my 2013 TAFF report to SCIFI and FANAC and both happily paid 500 dollars each into the TAFF coffers, so helping us to keep sending more delegates across the ocean to strengthen the science fictional bonds that enhance our community. Many thanks to both these fine organisations for their encouragement and support for the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund." An ebook version is in preparation.
26 April 2018 Jim Mowatt announces publication of his 2013 TAFF Report, Wherever I Lay My Hat!: "After years of desperate procrastination the report of my 2013 TAFF trip to North America is now complete. It tells the tale of my visits to Toronto, Abingdon, Seattle, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Antonio (Worldcon) and New Orleans. It features art from (in order of appearance) Alan White, Al Sirois, Stu Shiffman, Carrie Mowatt, D. West, Taral Wayne, Brad Foster, Allison Hershey, Ulf Skei, Valeri Purcell, Julie McMurray and Anne Stokes. There are many fine full colour photos of frolicking fans and Ive even shoved a few words in there. Im recommending a donation to Taff of about 20 pounds (28 or 29 dollars) and you can donate using the Taff donations buttons at taff.org.uk. Email me, jim (at) umor.co.uk or John Purcell at 2017taff2019 (at) gmail.com and well post out a copy."