Help Me and Amanda Emily Smith Get to Worldcon 76

For: Alex Jennings and Amanda Emily Smith
New Orleans, LA
Organizer: Alex Jennings
Help Me and Amanda Emily Smith Get to Worldcon 76 (Alex Jennings and Amanda Emily Smith)
$1,610
of $2,500 goal
64% Complete
Raised by 42 donors

The Story

Last year, Amanda and I both submitted letters to be published in Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler. Octavia was a huge influence on both of us, and Amanda and I had met her separately before her death.

Both our letters were accepted for publication, and we were so pleased to be a part of such a wonderful project. This event was even more of a milestone for Amanda as this was her first professional sale in the science fiction field.

On April 2, the official announcement came down that Letters to Octavia has been chosen as a finalist for the Hugo Award in the category of Related Work! We literally jumped for joy. Honoring one of our greatest influences had lifted us up, as well!

The Hugo Awards are basically the Oscars of Science Fiction. Both Amanda and I have dreamed of attending Worldcon and the Hugo Awards all our lives, but we've never been able to before. Now that a book we are both in is a finalist, we feel we must get to Worldcon 76 in San Jose by any means necessary.

Neither of us makes a lot of money--We're both students, and we're already stretching the resources we have. If we're going to make it to Worldcon this August, WE NEED YOUR HELP. We appreciate any contribution, however small, and we will stretch every single dollar until George Washington screams!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 7, 2018

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Posted on May 7, 2018

Hello, everyone, and Happy Monday! Amanda and I are still working toward our goal of attending Worldcon 76! There have been some amazing developments since we last checked in.

1. Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler has also been announced as a finalist for the LOCUS AWARD! We couldn't be happier or more excited!

2. Amanda has completed her classwork for her undergraduate degree and will be walking at Dillard University this Saturday. I'm so proud and excited!

3. We love y'all. I know this might sound like a mere platitude, but if you ever meet Amanda in real life, you're due for a hug, and you will feel instantly loved. She is a ray of sunshine.


Posted on April 30, 2018

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Posted on April 30, 2018

Hi, all. I hope you've had a great weekend. We sure did! Last week, Amanda read at the graduating seniors presentation put on by Dillard University's English Department. So many major shifts are happening in our lives right now--including Amanda graduating with her BA in English! Thanks to all who have already contributed, but if you haven't yet, maybe think of it as a graduation present to an up-and-coming writer and community activist. She is truly amazing!


Posted on April 25, 2018

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Posted on April 25, 2018

See this pic? THIS IS YOU GUYS. You are our heroes. This pic also sums up how Amanda and I are feeling right now.

That's right. WE'VE PASSED THE HALFWAY MARK!

We still have a ways to go to meet our goal, but the support you've given us already has been TREMENDOUS.

If you can give, please do, but know that even if you can't, WE APPRECIATE YOU. So share this post if you would, but please make sure to give yourself a BIG HUG and a pat on the back. YOU DESERVE IT, HEROES!

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