This week (26-30 Sept): Dublin

Wrapping up a wonderful season, the final CSTS event for 2011 is Dublin, Ireland on 29 September. Thanks for a fantastic year! But it's not over yet... we've got a few more things in store for you over October, so check back often!!

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Remember to enter our Writing Contest by 30 Sept – Fantastic prizes are up for grabs!

Time's running out to enter the Can't Stop the Serenity/Kids Need to Read Writing Contest! Can’t Stop the Serenity has joined up with Kids Need to Read to give you the chance to win some fabulous prizes in our first ever “Words have the Power to bring about Equality” Writing Contest! All you have to do is write a short piece (500-1000 words) on why you support Can’t Stop the Serenity and Equality Now, and email it to info@cantstoptheserenity.com. Entries close on 30 September 2011 at 11:59PM. All the details are just a click away!

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This weekend (24-25 Sept): Tucson, Orange County & Atlanta

The weekend starts with a bang in Tucson, AZ and and Orange County, CA on Saturday 24 September. And on Sunday 25 September, join Browncoats in Atlanta, GA for a great event.

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Application deadline for Global Roles extended to 25 September

Have you considered volunteering at the global level of Can't Stop the Serenity? If so, check out this post for info on what positions are available, and how to apply. Are you our Mal, the brave captain of our ship? Then you'd make a great Global Events Coordinator. Is Zoe more your style, keeping us out of trouble and getting us organised? Then the Events Registrar or Merchandise Coordinator role is for you! Or are you a Kaylee who helps keep our ship afloat? That'd be our Operations Director. Wash keeps us connected on the Cortex and flying true, so if you're that way inclined how about the role of Communications Director? What about being our Simon, who's got a head for figures and lots of smarts, because our Donations Administrator needs those skills. We need a Shepherd to guide organisers along as they plan local events. And a River, who's good at all things high-tech and can be our Webmaster or Systems Administrator. We're even looking for a Jayne, for... public relations? Whatever your skills, we can use them. So join our merry band of fandom activists! You'll not regret it. We've decided to extend the application period for Global Team roles by one week, and we need anyone who's interested in helping out for next year's Global Team (including Global Event Coordinator) to send us an email! Write to us at gsc@cantstoptheserenity.com. The new deadline for applying will be 25 September 2011. Global Steering Committee roles will close in October. Thank you very much! We appreciate your willingness to undertake this adventure!

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Enter our “Words have the Power to bring about Equality” Writing Contest and Win!

Can't Stop the Serenity has joined up with Kids Need to Read to give you the chance to win some fabulous prizes in our first ever "Words have the Power to bring about Equality" Writing Contest! Recently, we sent out some questions over the Cortex and received some fantastic interview responses (we'll be posting these soon!). Our very first response was from Heather in Maryland, who wrote "It was part of learning about CSTS that led me to learn about Equality Now. Some of the articles they've linked to show that women the world over still suffer terrible injustices for no other reason than their sex. Nobody should be put in a position where they're treated as inferior by anybody - no matter their sex, their race, their religion, or their sexual preferences. By fundraising for Equality Now, CSTS does its part to bring us to a future that's fairer for everybody." It's responses like this that keep us motivated, and inspired this contest. So, what do you need to do to enter the "Words have the Power to bring about Equality" Writing Contest? We're asking you, our fantastic CSTS supporters, to write a short piece (500-1000 words) on why you support Can't Stop the Serenity and Equality Now. And what are the prizes? Well, you're in for a treat! We have a major prize plus three runners up prizes up for grabs. The major prize winner will receive a hard cover set of The Softwire series (4 books) signed by author PJ Haarsma, a $75 Amazon giftcard, a CSTS 2011 shirt and patch, plus a copy of Architects of Peace: Visions of Hope in Words and Images by Michael Collopy and Paths to Peace: People Who Changed the World by Jane Bresken Zalben. Runners up will also receive a CSTS 2011 shirt and patch, plus a collection of fantastic books. Entries should be sent to info@cantstoptheserenity.com, and must be received no later than 11.59PM PST on 30 September 2011 to be included for consideration. The global CSTS team and Kids Need to Read folks will compile a shortlist of submissions, which will be presented to you all to vote on between 7-14 October, with the winning entries announced on 16 October 2011. We look forward to reading your entries! Now... pick up that pen, and start writing. Because words truely do have the power to bring about equality.

There are two ways to fight a battle like ours. One is to whisper in the ear of the masses, try subtlely and gradually to change the gender expectations and mythic structures of our culture. That’s me. The other is to step up and confront the thousands of atrocities that are taking place around the world on an immediate, one-by-one basis. That’s a great deal harder, and that’s Equality Now. It’s not about politics; it’s about basic human decency. - Joss Whedon

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Calling all artists for the 2012 Official Art Contest!

The Can't Stop The Serenity promotional art contest is back for 2012! In its six-year history, Can't Stop The Serenity has raised more than half a million dollars for Equality Now. We can do even more good works this year, but only if people show up! That's where you come in. Since we've been doing this for more than half a decade now, the novelty factor has worn off, which means it's more important than ever before to build excitement for CSTS. The logo, poster and t-shirts are critical tools for raising awareness about the event, building excitement, and getting people into theaters around the world. Think you've got what it takes to design this year's official artwork? Then read on to learn the rules for this year's contest: THE SHINY STUFF: The winner’s artwork will be used as the basis for the T-shirt, poster and promos for the 2012 CSTS season. Additionally, the winner’s artwork will be featured prominently throughout our website and social media outlets. THE (ABBREVIATED) RULES:

  • All artwork you submit must be your own. If you plan to incorporate any stock imagery in your entry, you must have documentation showing that you have permission to use and reproduce it.
  • It should go without saying, but we'll say it anyway. Don't use copyrighted artwork in your submission.
  • Because this is about Equality Now and Peace in the ‘Verse, there should be no overt violence portrayed within the art.
  • The winner’s artwork will be used by CSTS for the purposes of the 2012 CSTS Screenings and events, and for additional promotional purposes until the 2013 artwork has been chosen. No other compensation will be given to the winner.
  • There is a limit of 3 submissions per artist.
ARTWORK GUIDELINES
  • Each entry should include the following:
    • An isolated version of the logo (no background images)
    • A black and white version of the logo
    • A mockup of the logo as a poster (may contain additional text and artwork)
    • A mockup of the logo as a T-shirt (may contain additional text and artwork)
    • A mockup of the logo as an embroidered patch (may contain additional text and artwork)
  • You must use the CSTS logo and have it displayed predominantly within the piece you are submitting. You can download various versions of the logo here. These are provided as outlined files, and the official color values are provided.
  • The logo may be used in many different ways, including, but not limited to stationery, patches, stickers, web banners, icons, etc. The more flexible your design, the better.
  • For acceptable file types, printing requirements, etc., please see the full contest rules.
SUBMITTING YOUR ENTRY
  • Submissions will be accepted beginning 1 October 2011, and must be received no later than 14 October 2011 by 11:59 P.M. PST in order to be considered for this contest.
  • You may submit up to three pieces for consideration.
  • All entries and questions should be submitted to artdirector@cantstoptheserenity.com. If you need to mail your submission, email artdirector@cantstoptheserenity.com for instructions and a mailing address.
  • All entries which meet the guidelines will be posted on the official CSTS website on 17 October 2011, to be voted on by the general public. The voting period ends 23 October 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. In the event of a tie, the Global Steering Committee and Global Team will choose the winning piece.
For all the rules, regulations and other red tape-type things, please see the full contest rules. Good luck! We can’t wait to see your submissions!

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