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Entry updated 25 January 2024. Tagged: Community, Fan.

Known usually by its acronym, the Offtrails Magazine Publishers Association (1954-1978 or 1979) was an APA formed in the UK by Kenneth Bulmer and A Vincent Clarke, whose founder members included Chuck Harris. OMPA was modelled on FAPA, and was likewise created to facilitate distribution of Fanzines published by and for members. Administrative matters appeared in Off Trails, the APA's OO or Official Organ published by its current OE or Official Editor. Early contributors included John Brunner and Michael Moorcock; others with entries in this encyclopedia who were members at one time or another include Mike Ashley, Gregory Benford, Terry Carr, Howard DeVore, Gordon Eklund, Terry Jeeves, David Langford, George Locke, Bill Rotsler, Larry Shaw, Arthur Thomson, Bjo Trimble, Bob (Wilson) Tucker, Harry Turner, Peter Weston, Ted White and Walt Willis.

Uniquely for an APA, OMPA once organized a national convention: Ompacon, the 1973 UK Eastercon. [PR/RH/DRL]


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