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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-11-15 13:48
Subject: [writing] Officially Launching the Campbell Fundraiser
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Tags:art, awards, conventions, personal, photos, writing

It’s the holiday season, and I’m trying to pay for a big present to give to the science fiction world. With the the kind and supportive sponsorship of OSFCI and Springtime Creations, and extremely generous support from davidelevine and frankwu, I am announcing the fundraiser to pay for the Campbell Nominee award pins.

This came about because, as Cheryl Morgan says here, “…nominees for the Hugo Awards, World Fantasy Awards and Nebula Awards have long been given lapel pins to recognize their nominations. No such pin [has] existed for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.” A year or so ago I decided that creating such a pin would be a terrific way to raise the profile of the Campbell Award, generate additional interest, and celebrate all the past, present and future nominees.

The goal at the time was to develop a design which could be crafted in sufficient numbers that every nominee in the history of the Campbell Award could receive a pin (or pins) to celebrate their achievement. Through 2007 and early 2008, Spring Schoenhuth of Springtime Creations worked to develop a design which would symbolize the historical importance of John W. Campbell himself, the meaning of the award within the field, while also recognizing the five nominees each year.

Spring and I settled on a design of five fountain pen nibs in the form of a star.

Campell Award Pin
The pin — Design © 2008 Springtime Creations, photo © 2008 Dave Gallaher
Edited 2008-11-16 to include photo of the production pin

This was to provide a similar visual read with the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award pins without creating any likely confusion with the other designs and related service marks. WSFS was very kind to review the design to avoid future confusion with the Hugo, while Dr. Stanley Schmidt of Analog, the award sponsor, was also generous in offering his approval.

All of this was ramping up to a fundraiser during the late spring to provide the needed $7,000 budget to mold, cast and finish the 400 pins needed for the past nominees and approximately 10 years of future demand.

Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with cancer, and thoroughly derailed from this effort. Springtime Creations generously proceeded with design and preliminary production so we could deliver the first batch of pins at Denvention, but there is now a substantial financial commitment to meet. Uncharacteristically for me, due to illness I allowed the cart to get very much before the horse here. About $5,500 has yet to be raised to defray the production expenses and allow a mailing budget to deliver the balance of the pins.

I am officially launching the Campbell Fundraiser. This is being sponsored by OSFCI, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, and will provide full tax-qualified documentation of the donation. We’d like to raise the needed $5,500. Any excess to budget will be held against unexpected expenses, then eventually released to the Clayton Memorial Medical fund after the books have been closed on this project.

Please let me know in comments here or via email if you’d like to contribute. I’ll provide donation information (including check “pay to” or other needed funds transfer detail). In additional, everyone who donates will be eligible for an end-of-fund-raiser prize drawing including a selection of my books. If you’re interested in donating to the drawing, that would be fabulous as well.

This Campbell Award pin project is part of my ongoing effort to raise the profile of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and help celebrate the newest professionals in our field year after year. I hope you can join me in it.

ETA: PayPal is now available. Contact me at jlake(a)jlake.com for the payment address.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2008-11-15 21:08 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hi, Jay. I'll contribute.
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User: kehrli
Date: 2008-11-15 21:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd like to contribute, too.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-11-15 22:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
What an awesome effort!! I really wish I had the funds to donate right now. I know a lot of us would if not for the state of the economy right now.

Later, however, when the funds do come in, I will be more than happy to help. Is there a way to make a permanent link here or on your site somewhere so it's easy to find?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-11-15 22:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you. I will attempt to sort out a permalink soon.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-11-15 22:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Excellent! Thank you.
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User: intelligentrix
Date: 2008-11-15 22:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd like to contribute. Let me know the details.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-11-15 22:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Email me at jlake(a)jlake.com, and put "Campbell Pin" in the subject line. Thank you very much.
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2008-11-15 23:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll contribute. Talk to me at Fireside if you'll be there next week--if not, grab me at Orycon.
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Lawrence M. Schoen: Campbell
User: klingonguy
Date: 2008-11-15 23:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'll contribute.

I'll also make a point of wearing mine at cons and talking up the fundraiser to anyone who remarks on it.

And thanks again for allowing me the privilege of presenting a pin to a past award winner last month! (as well as another excuse to use this LJ icon)
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it's a great life, if you don't weaken
User: matociquala
Date: 2008-11-15 23:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just let me know where to send the paypal.
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User: dinogrl
Date: 2008-11-16 00:50 (UTC)
Subject: Thanks Jay for giving me the opportunity.
First and foremost, thanks for choosing me for this honor.

Secondly here is a photo of the actual pin. The prototype is so...prototypish.


Hope that 'wows' 'em.
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paulcarp: pic#67230600
User: paulcarp
Date: 2008-11-16 01:46 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Thanks Jay for giving me the opportunity.
Thanks for that link. The prototype is really beautiful and really ugly at the same time. The actual pin is only beautiful.
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User: desperance
Date: 2008-11-16 13:07 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Thanks Jay for giving me the opportunity.
The prototype is so...prototypish.

Prototypical, surely? *g*

The actual pin is lovely.
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Gigi Gridley
User: gigica
Date: 2008-11-16 00:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd love to contribute. My email is gigi (underscore) gridley at hotmail
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User: jetse
Date: 2008-11-16 01:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'd like to contribute, too. As Ellen already asked: can I do it through PayPal (although, because I changed credit cards, it may be until early December before I can pay)?
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Hutson: cons
User: hutson
Date: 2008-11-16 02:09 (UTC)
Subject: Count me in
I love the design. I can send much, but I'd like to contribute.
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trektone: out of formation
User: trektone
Date: 2008-11-16 05:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:out of formation
I'm in.

Hmm, maybe I should check the list to see how many are friends/acquaintances, and just send them a post-it or paperclip or something.
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