The World SF Travel Fund has been set up to annually enable one international person involved in science fiction, fantasy or horror to travel to a major genre event. We have since settled on the World Fantasy Convention as the most suitable. A combination of genre professionals and fans from the international scene and the United States have gathered together to create the Fund.
The first recipient of the fund was genre blogger and activist Charles Tan, from the Philippines, in 2011.
In 2012 we helped fund Swedish authors Karin Tidbeck and Nene Ormes to WFC in Toronto.
The 2013 recipients are ochita Loenen-Ruiz from the Philippines (residing in the Netherlands) and Csilla Kleinheincz from Hungary, who will both be travelling to the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton in November.
Funding is in place for 2014. A selection of a suitable candidate will be made in due course.
The Board, tasked with selecting future candidates, is composed of Lauren Beukes, Aliette de Bodard, Nnedi Okorafor, Ekaterina Sedia, and Charles Tan, with Lavie Tidhar and Sean Wallace acting as administrators for the fund. The board reflects the truly international nature of the SF world today.