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 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.
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.
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 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.
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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