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02/06/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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SFSFC continues the SMOFCon scholarships.

At their Board of Directors meeting on Saturday, March 18, 2006, San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (SFSFC) voted to continue two scholarships of $500 to help convention runners in training attend the SMOFCon convention-runners convention in Kansas City MO this year over the weekend of December 1-3, 2006.

SMOFCon is an annual convention about organizing science fiction conventions. Subject matter ranges from managing small conventions up to the unique challenges of World Science Fiction Conventions. The convention is held in a different city each year. The 2006 SMOFCon will be in Kansas City MO at the Hotel Phillips, December 1-3, 2006. More information about this year's SMOFCon is available on their web site

The scholarships are open to anyone involved in running science fiction conventions, regardless of their place of residence. However, applicants must be able to demonstrate that their attendance at SMOFCon will benefit San Francisco Bay Area conventions. Applications will be judged by the scholarship administrators, who for 2006 are the three directors of SFSFC who have chaired Worldcons: David W. Clark, Kevin Standlee, and Tom Whitmore.

An application form is available at or by writing to SFSFC at PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale CA 94088-1363. SFSFC must receive (postmark date does not count) applications by September 10, 2006.

This is the third year that SFSFC has issued scholarships to allow promising convention runners to attend SMOFCon. SFSFC issued two SMOFCon scholarships in 2005, helping send two fans to SMOFCon 23 in Portland OR.

The name "SMOF" stands for "Secret Masters Of Fandom," and is a humorous reference to the people who organize and manage science fiction conventions. Another term sometimes used for such people is "conrunner."

SFSFC was the parent non-profit corporation of ConJosé, the 2002 World Science Fiction Convention, and ConFrancisco, the 1993 Worldcon.

Contact: SFSFC Inc.: Kevin Standlee or SMOFCon 24 over at

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