ASFA is a non-profit, educational 5Ol(c)(3) association made up of artists, publishers, collectors and others with an interest the genre.


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West Coast Director:
Spring Schoenhuth

Mountain Director:
Maurine Starkey

Central Director:
Samantha Haney Press

East Coast Director:
Joni Brill Dashoff

ASFA Mailing Address:
Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists
PO Box 60933
Harrisburg, PA  17106  USA





Mission Statement

ASFA is organized for artistic, literary, educational and charitable purposes concerning the visual arts of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology and related topics. We are dedicated to providing a communications link among our members, as well as providing helpful information and technical assistance.

ASFA's purpose is to encourage and help develop amateur artistic talent, support the efforts and needs of working artists, educate the public, connect with and encourage publishers, patrons of the arts and anyone interested in works of the genre. We are also here to stimulate the public's interest in these areas of art.

Additionally, each year ASFA gives out the Chesley Awards, which are named for the great astronomical artist, Chesley Bonestell. The Chesleys were started in 1985 as a means for the SF and Fantasy art community to recognize individual works and achievements not otherwise recognized by the Hugo Awards, during the previous year.

2010 was the 25th anniversary of the Chesley Awards.

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The views and opinions expressed in the individual articles and features herein are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect official ASFA views or positions.

All content in this community is copyrighted by its perspective creator. ASFA holds no claims or rights, exclusive or otherwise to uploaded content and any rights revert to contributors upon publication herein.

We take no responsibility for unsolicited material, but we welcome it.

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News & Announcements

The ASFA Community Network is our organization's payment gateway now. In order to join ASFA, choose "Sign Up" in the box on the left. A pop-up will guide you through the process.

We still have a few Lifetime members who need to get their memberships updated through the ASFA Community Network. Please Email the ASFA President for assistance with that.

The Chesley Awards Process - This year the Chesleys turn 30!

The 2015 Chesley Awards will be held at Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, Spokane, Washington, USA on August 19-23, 2015. Ceremony times to be announced.

We are currently accepting nominations on the Voting Tab/Page. All members in good standing (paid up and current - I.E. able to access the voting page), will receive notifications to submit nominations directly. Chesley Nominations are via on-line form. Links are in the next Newsletter and here in the ASFA Community Network on the Voting Tab/Page.

Remember: if the site asks for you to pay, your dues are up for renewal.

The Chesley Awards are a 3 part process: suggestions, nominations and final voting.
You are not required to adhere to the nominations suggestion list - that is only a list for your consideration; works vetted as eligible and deemed worthy entrants by the nominations & voting committee. The final voting is a ranked style vote and will require careful consideration as you go through the categories.

The Nominations and final Chesley Voting are strictly members only, done right here online.

Check out out tri-weekly ASFA Art eNews Paper

For a little over a year now, we have been offering a means of providing relevant industry news and content. Based upon our Twitter feed and folks we follow, we are proud to produce the ASFA Art eNews, a tri-weekly e-newspaper for your edification (members - see tab above).

As part of our mission to provide educational resources, the ASFA Art eNews brings you current trending happenings in the field of science fiction and fantasy publishing as well as topics of interest by editors, writers and artists in the field.


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Who we are & What we do

  • Build Community
  • Share Information
  • Provide Resources
  • Recognize Excellence

ASFA provides support services for artists, publishers, fans, and literary science fiction and fantasy conventions (cons) around the globe. Our members often assist in the running of art shows, mediating disputes and assisting in charity auctions. ASFA provides member suites at large conventions such as the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) , North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), and occasionally at Archon, Lunacon, Philcon, Westercon and other regional cons to name a few.

In accordance with our Bylaws and Mission Statement, ASFA has set up the ASFA Community Network for our members in order to provide the services and information mentioned. The community contains forums, galleries, links and a calendar of events. We provide feedback to artists, information on convention art shows and a place to gain assistance from experienced professionals in the field. There are ongoing developments of content that will include typical art show rules, forms, updates and locations, assistance with press releases, places to find art supplies, and a workshop forum for community feedback. There is even an area for artists and publishers to seek out one another and make arrangements for work.

ASFA holds its annual meeting at the Worldcon every year unless Worldcon is held outside of North America, when the meeting is held at NASFiC.

ASFA also gives out the Chesley Awards, which were established in 1985 as ASFA's peer awards to recognize individual works and achievements not otherwise recognized by the Hugo Awards (or other literary & art awards), during a given year. The Chesleys were initially called the ASFA Awards, but were  renamed a year after their conception to honor famed astronomical artist Chesley Bonestell after his death in 1986. The awards are usually presented annually at the World Science Fiction Convention and sometimes at the North American Science Fiction Convention when the Worldcon is held outside of North America.

2015 is the 30th anniversary of the Chesley Awards.

Interested in becoming involved?

None of the goals and aspirations mentioned above can come to fruition without an engaged and vibrant membership. Membership in ASFA is open to anyone with an interest in the genre (not just artists), and includes artists, collectors, art directors, publishers, educators and fans from around the world.

Join ASFA today - sign up for only $35.00 per year, or get a discount at $60.00 for 2 years.
We also offer a lifetime membership for just $600.00

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2015 Hugo Award Base Design Competition

Started by Mitchell Davidson Bentley, M.A. in Convention Notifications Jan 22. 0 Replies

2015 Hugo Award Base Design CompetitionSasquan is hosting an open competition to determine the base for the 2015 Hugo Awards.Anyone is welcome to submit a proposal for the design and production of…Continue

Almost time to register for Spectrum 2015

Started by Mitchell Davidson Bentley, M.A. in Convention Reports & Feedback Sep 26, 2014. 0 Replies

Received this today from the people at Spectrum:Hello!I just wanted to send a quick reminder to everyone that exhibitor registration will open on Monday, September 29th, at noon (CST). At that time,…Continue

Tags: art, sell, shows, spectrum, cons

Self Publishing

Started by Jeffrey McDonald in Publishing. Last reply by Juliana Coles Jul 30, 2014. 3 Replies

A friend of mine and I are creating an independant graphic novel. Although we are in the infancy of the project I am looking toward the finished product. My question here is, has anyone ever self…Continue

Competition - Japan

Started by Mitchell Davidson Bentley, M.A. in Artist Resources Apr 23, 2014. 0 Replies

I cannot vouch for the legitimacy, though it looks good from what I can tell. I received this as an email to the Secretary. -The Prez.International Illustration Competition 2014Dear Fellow Artists:We…Continue

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Blog Posts

ASFA Activities at 2014 Worldcon in London

Posted by Mitchell Davidson Bentley, M.A. on August 12, 2014 at 11:18am 0 Comments

From our Illustrious and proactive secretary, Sara Felix (who unfortunately cannot attend Loncon):

Hey guys,

I just wanted to let you know what is going on in Loncon related to ASFA.  

First of all, The Chesleys are…


2014 Chesley Awards Nominations online

Posted by Mitchell Davidson Bentley, M.A. on May 19, 2014 at 11:02am 0 Comments

Chesley nominations are now open for the 2014…


My life in space art and SF

Posted by David A. Hardy on May 18, 2014 at 8:51am 5 Comments

I've been a member of the ASFA for many years, and was until recently Vice President, but because I live in England I'm not sure if some members are aware of my existence! I've done over 70 covers for F&SF since 1971, and many of my…


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