EFF Race Begins

The EFF nomination period ended on 25th January. Two candidates provided all the required nominators as well as the bond and the platform. They are (in alphabetical order) Matylda Naczyńska from Poland and James Shields from Ireland. The winner of the race will travel to the Eurocon in Uppsala (8th-11th June).

As per the announcement the voting period lasts until 23:59 on 10 April 2023 (British/Irish Time: UTC+1), with the winner announced online as soon as possible after voting has closed.

Similarly to other fan funds (like TAFF and GUFF), the EFF uses a preferential voting system. Voters rank candidates in order of preference. In order to win candidate must gain over 50% of the votes. If this doesn’t happen in the first round of counting, the lowest-ranked candidates will be eliminated from the race and those votes redistributed in subsequent rounds according to the next ranking. This will be repeated until one candidate has a majority of votes.

Apart from candidates there are two more choices on the ballot:

  • Hold over funds – this choice means you don’t want to support any of the candidates and want the funds to be saved until next year.
  • No preference – this choice means you want one of the candidates to go but you are equally happy with each of them.

As per the rules any fan active in fandom prior to January 2022 can vote providing they donate at least 3 EUR (or 3 GBP or equivalent) to EFF. Donations should be sent via PayPal to europeanfanfund@gmail.com (choose the option to send money to friends and family if you can).

Please note during the payment process (the location varies; typically ‘Add a note’ or ‘Email to recipient’) that the payment is for EFF 2023.

Higher donations are welcomed and appreciated!

Votes can be provided:

  • online via form: https://forms.gle/uzXzS4t9qimmczmZ9
  • on a paper ballot (PDF, docx) – please write to europeanfanfund@gmail.com for the address to send the paper form to
  • on a paper ballot on selected conventions. Currently we will have representation on:
    • Conversation 2023 (Eastercon), 7th-10th April 2023

Only one vote per person is allowed.


Matylda Naczyńska
My story with fantasy started when I was a teenager but I wasn’t introduced to the Fandom until Covid pandemic and tabletop RPGs community going full on-line in early 2020. I started to sink in participate in various RPG-related events. In 2021 I decided to dive head first and made my first time on a Convention as volunteering! Soon after that I co-organised an on-line part of a small, local convention! I decided to join a fantasy-oriented association and really quick I became a volunteer, co-organizer and even section-chief in 3, couple-hundred participants, conventions (on-line and off-line). Recently I was chosen to join the board of association of Fantasy-fans association Avangarda (based in Poland, Warsaw). This allows me to manage the (disliked by everyone else) administrative and financial aspects of our association. I’m still an active tabletop RPG player and huge sci-fi literature fan (all hail Stanislaw Lem!!!). I am not a veteran convention-goer but in just a few years I became very close to the Fandom and I believe it belongs to the brave and bold so I am asking kindly for Your votes in EFF so that I can continue my journey on Eurocon. See You in Uppsala!

Nominators: Julianna Grefkowicz (PL), Mikołaj Kowalewski (PL), Esther MacCallum-Stewart (UK)

James Shields
I’m very excited to be standing for the European Fan Fund. I think it’s a fantastic idea to promote Eurocon and greater links between European fan groups. I’ve been attending Eurocons when I can since 2011, and I co-chaired the Dublin 2014 Eurocon. I have been on many convention committees over the years. I’ve experience with fan funds as I was a prior GUFF delegate and attended Aussiecon 4 in Melbourne, and contributed to and helped run many fan fund auctions since then. I would be keen to bring that experience to the EFF, and help develop the fan fund into the future. I’m also a big fan of LEGO, and plan to produce a special EFF minifigure to come on the trip and be passed on to future delegates.

If selected as EFF Delegate, I would take as full a part in Konflikt as possible, participating in programme, and the social events of the convention. I would write blog posts in the run up to, and during the trip. After the trip I would aim to produce my trip report within a year and do my best to make the 2024 EFF trip even better than the 2023 one.

Nominators: James Bacon (IE), Mihaela Marija Perković (HR), Borys Sydiuk (UA)

Let the race begin!

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