This convention list was inspired by the MAGICIAN,
Chris O'Shea. He needed some details for his convention
list - Connotation about
German conventions because his source had dried up. I was able
to provide details of German and other European cons because of
my knowledge of German, Swedish and French. This convention list
has grown from those small beginnings. The details listed here
are largely drawn from the original sources but they are supplemented
by information that Chris has put on his website. This is to ensure
that when two or more conventions share the same weekend, you
can choose which one you would like to go to. Please note that external links are in normal type and local links are in bold type.
I retain the copyright to these pages but they may be copied for the benefit of fans provided an acknowledgement of this source is given.
Important Notes for Fans
I request all con runners to look at the way that I display the information for each convention in my convention list and then send me an email with the appropriate details for the con concerned - preferably in the style and the order that I use. I now have a page with an explanation of the layout that I use and a copyable layout sequence that you can use to paste the bare bones of a convention entry in an email. It will also help you to remember to include items like the date and the location.
If your convention is listed here, please add a link to this page.
I am happy to include any information regarding SF and fantasy related conventions in my list but I cannot afford a lot of time these days to go looking for it or ferrreting out details from a disorganised website. (Beware of using Microsoft Frontpage to produce web pages. Websites created this way will often cause non-Microsoft browsers to crash. If a website crashes Netscape 4.7, it will not be knowingly listed. Don't alienate a lot of potential visitors.)
I now have a policy of not
showing emails in the usual format on my website. Newly received
email addresses (as of September 2002) are now shown as they are
spoken in Britain. My email address is now in the form: wilf dot james at ntlworld
This does not make the email address unusable to humans but it beats most spammers' robots. I try to prevent spammers sending spam to con runners by this method.
I typically get 90 emails a day, of which between 80 and 86 are spam so I am very much aware of the spamming problem. I am therefore removing all instances of my conventional email address from this website.
I have generally received
compliments about the way that I present convention information
in my list but that does not mean that it cannot be improved.
I welcome any suggestions or comments that could lead to an inprovement
in the way that the information is presented. There was no date
index system included in the original list until someone said
that she found the very long list hard to browse through to find
a convention. I trust that the indexing system that I have devised
has provided a partial solution to that problem. The change in
presenting email addresses to a form that spammers' robots could
not collect came about after some conrunners wanted their email
addresses omitted to avoid getting spam. I started by changing
a to ä, e to é o to ö etc. and @ to § to
make the email addresses readable to humans but useless to spammers.
Then I saw how someone had used the written version of the spoken
form. I thought that it was a better way than I had thought of
to beat spammers so I now use it for all new email addresses.
Please note that illegal spammers often offer the choice to have an address removed from a mailing list. A reply asking to be removed will be used as confirmation that the email address is valid so that it can be re-used or passed on to another spammer. Do NOT reply to spammers!
Legitimate organisations respect requests for removal from mailing lists. Please do not confuse the two.
I advise all fans to contact their local member of their national government (MP, senator, etc.) to ask if some form of legislation can be made into law for all mass mailings to include the source ISP's internet address. In that way it will be possible for recipients of spam to contact the ISP concerned to complain about the unwanted spamming. This action will not (generally) affect reputable organisations that will remove names from mailing lists on request.
This is a link to the letter I have sent to my MP.
from all over the world are invited to send me details of their
events in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Norwegian
or Swedish. I will translate the text into English and submit
the result to the sender for approval. Your flag will be added
(if it is not displayed already) as soon as I get con information
from your country.
Send me details of your event at my spamproof? email address: wilf dot james at ntlworld dot com
Please note the format that I use and send me the con details in the same format. This will make it easier for me to display your con as you would like it displayed on this page. Go to the layout form page to see how it should be done.
Media Fans - Please note that actors and other media personnel's (past) roles are omitted. (You should know what they have done!) :-)
Please note: The translations of the con descriptions are more fannish than pedantic. The con information has been checked from the original sources where possible.
These con listings have been taken or translated from ConNotation, Ansible Fans Across the World, the SFCD, SF-Infodienst, Jenga's Massive List and other websites in Europe. More convention information is always needed.
Wilf James,106 Jarden, Letchworth, Herts. SG6 2NZ, UK.
Please send your comments to wilf dot james at ntlworld dot com (and include the word Convention in the subject line to keep out of the spam).
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NEW! Wilf's Jottings
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Guest of Honour: Charlie Stross
Membership: USD35.00 until 31 December, 2011
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Hotel
Note: A small literary convention held in the Rocky Mountain West for the past 8 years. Previous GOHs include Joe Haldeman and Barbara Hambly.
Contact: Joe Sokola
Email: cosine at firstfridayfandom dot org
17/02/2012 - 19/02/2012
Tsukino Con Anime and Japanese Cultural Convention
Location: ECS Building, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Guests of Honour: Kelly Clark, LoadingReadyRun, The Slants
Membership: CND 0.00 children under 10, must be accompanied by 18+ at all times. Students and under 18 weekend pass CND 20.00. Adults weekend pass CND 25.00. USDtaken at par.
Accommodation: No accommodation available at University, Victoria is full of many splendid hotels.
Email: info at tsukinocon dot com
25/02/2012 - 26/02/2012
Location: Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow
Guest of Honour: Charles Stross
Membership: (until 31/12/2010) Adult 40 GBP, Supporting 10 GBP, Child 10 GBP, Infant 1 GBP
Accommodation: Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow (see website for details)
Contact: Satellite 3, PO Box 3738, Glasgow G41 4YD
Email: enquiries at satellite3 dot org dot uk
09/03/2012 - 11/03/2012
Katcon - Beneluxcon
Location: Hotel Noordzee, Katwijk aan Zee, Netherlands
Guests of Honour: Gwyneth Jones / Ann Halam, Jan J.B. Kuipers
Membership: until January 1st. 2012: 45,- for members of NCSF, 50,- for non-members of NCSF, 15,- for children 7 - 18 years, accompanied by an adult, 0,- for children under the age of 7, 25,- for students
Accommodation: single room: 90,- per night, double room: 105,- per night, including breakfast.
Contact: Katcon, de Rogge 6, 5384 XD Heesch, the Netherlands
Email: katcon at beneluxcon dot nl
16/03/2012 - 18/03/2012
OMNI-CON Multigenre Fan Convention
Location: Tennessee Technological University Roaden University Center, 1000 N Dixie Ave, Cookeville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Guests of Honour: TBA
Membership: Preregistration USD5 One Day/USD8 Full Pass; USD7 One Day or USD10 Full Pass at the convention.
Note: This convention features several contests and tournaments with cash prizes, a fully stocked video game room and tabletop gaming area, a vendor room/art show, informative panels, a viewing room, and stage area. Please check website for updates, such as guests and con hotel information.
Contact: Omni-Con, TTU Box 5264, Cookeville, TN 38505
Email: conchair at omnicon dot us; artshow at omnicon dot us
22/03/2012 - 25/03/2012
Location: Albergo Ambasciatori - Via dei Villini 8 - 03015 FIUGGI FR - Italia - Tel. +39.0775.514351
Guests of Honour: Bruce Boxleitner, David Nykl, Giuseppe Lippi, Lolita Fatjo
Membership: Full package with meals and lodging (Thursday through Sunday) Euro 295,00; Students (7-14) Euro 240,00; Children (<=6) Euro 200,00.
Admission for all 4 days (Thursday through Sunday, no meals or lodging) Euro 85,00; Students (7-14) Euro 40,00; Children (<=6) free. Club membership 20 euro (required, in addition to other fees) For other rates, please see the registration form: http://deepcon.it/_pdf/Deepcon2012-Eng.pdf
Accommodation: in the same hotel hosting the Con, unless overwhelmed by con participants, else accomodation will be provided in nearby hotels (Fiuggi is known for its hot springs and spas).
Note: Will host the UraniaFest, for the 60th anniversary of the Urania science fiction novel collection
Contact: Associazione Culturale Deep Space One - via Filippo Meda 159 - 00157 ROMA RM - Italia
Telephone: +39.340.6244976 - Skype ds1.it
Email: segreteria at ds1 dot it
06/04/2012 - 09/04/2012
Olympus Eastercon 2012
Location: Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow, London, UK
Guests of Honour: Paul Cornell, George R.R. Martin, Steph Swainston
Fan Guests of Honour: Margaret Austin, Martin Easterbrook
Membership: Adult: GBP 55.00, Unwaged: GBP 45.00, Supporting: GBP 20.00, <=17: GBP 20.00, <=11: GBP 5.00,
<5: GBP 1.00, Apocryphal/Soft Toy: GBP 1.00, Beeble Bear: GBP 1.42
Accommodation: (per night) Single Room: GBP 64.00, Twin or double room: GBP 84.00
Contact: Rita Medany, 4 Evesham Green, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 9RX
Email: enquiries at olympus2012 dot org dot uk
06/04/2012 - 08/04/2012
LEPRECON 38 Arizona's Annual Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention with an Emphasis on Art
Location: Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, 60 E. Fifth St, Tempe, Arizona, USA
Guests of Honour: Actor Stephen Furst, Artist Franchesco, Author Joe Haldeman, Gamer Todd Vanhooser, Music Jeff and May Bohnhoff, Artist Mark Greenwalt
Membership: USDUSD40 (adults) thru March 31, more at the door. Special gaming only are USD25. Paypal is available.
Accommodation: at same hotel.
Note: Appearances / Autographs / Social Events / Steampunk / Costuming / Merchant Room / Body Painting / Meet the Guests / Demos / Gaming / Music / Presentations / Panel Discussions / Hospitality Suite / Auctions. LepreCon will feature all aspects of Speculative Fiction, including media, art, literature, hard science, game design, filmmaking and much more!
Contact: LepreCon 38, PO Box 26665, Tempe, Arizona 85285
Telephone: 011 + 44 + 480-945-6890
Email: lep38 at leprecon dot org
12/04/2012 - 13/04/2012
SCIENCE AND SCIENCE FICTION International academic conference
Location: Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Guests of Honour: Paul Davies and Joan Slonczewski
Accommodation: Hilton, Tulsa Southern Hills, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Contact: Andrew Lang
Email: alang at oru dot edu
20/04/2012 - 22/04/2012
Location: 301 Governor Treutlen Drive Pooler, Georgia USA 31322
Guests of Honour: None
Membership: USD25 for 3 day membership until Feb. 29th (pre-reg special USD35 includes t-shirt and pair of 6-sided dice with GnomeCon Logo) USD30 3 day membership March - April 15th (no goodies), USD35 at the door for 3 day membership
Accommodation: Savannah Conference Hotel http://savannahconferencehotel.com Mention GnomeCon for special rate.
Note: Savannah's first official gaming (euro, rpg, miniature), sci-fi and fantasy convention
Contact: Anne El-Habre 615 Valleybrook Road Savannah, Georgia USA 31419
Email: gnomecon at yahoo dot com
26/04/2012 - 29/04/2012
Kontakt Eurocon 2012 & 34th SFeraKon
Location: Zagreb, Croatia
Guests of Honour: Tim Powers, Charles Stross, Darko Macan
6/05/2012 - 06/05/2012 (sunday may 6th)
ANTWERP SCI-FI FANTASY & HORROR CONVENTION
Location: Antwerp expo, Jan Van Rijswijcklaan 191, 2020 Antwerpen, Belgium
Guests of Honour: Caroline Munro, Carel Struycken, Gerald Home, Brian Muir and Claudio Simonetti
Membership: EUR 8.00 until 05/05/2012. EUR 10,00 at the door. Junors at EUR 5.00
Accommodation: No con hotel
Note: A lot of fun with an indoor lasershooting arena, old school videogamestands and robot war arena
Contact: Jan Van Rijswijcklaan 191, 2020 Antwerpen, Belgium
Telephone: 0032 (0) 485 244031
Email: info at antwerpconvention dot be
14/7/2012 - 15/7/2012
CON 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (Celebrating the golden age of Science Fiction Movies, TV shows and Radio)
Location: Amora Hotel Riverwalk, 649 Bridge Rd, Richmond Victoria, Australia
Guests of Honour: None at this stage
Accommodation: Available at venue
Note: A unique fan run convention celebrating a genre that has long since been forgotten by the science fiction community ... but not anymore.
Contact: Darren Maxwell, PO BOX 2045, Rowville Victoria, Australia 3178
Email: con9fromouterspace at gmail dot com
WINKIE CON 2012 Wizard of Oz Convention
Location: Asilomar Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, California, United States of America
Guests of Honour: Caren Marsh-Doll, Susan Morse, Eric Shanower
Membership: For those staying at Asilomar Conference Grounds, the following prices include two hotel nights, six meals, full convention program, and all taxes and gratuities: Adult shared room USD339.00, Adult single room USD499.00, Youth (ages 3-12) USD199.00. For those staying elsewhere, the following prices include six meals and full convention program without accommodations: Adult USD195.00, Youth (ages 3-12) USD145.00. Day rates without meals and accommodations: Adult Friday USD30.00, Adult Saturday USD50.00, Youth (ages 3-12) USD10.00 per day.
Accommodation: Same as con hotel. When you submit your registration and payment, the registrar will assign you to a room. Please submit name of roommate if you know who you will be sharing a room with. If you don't have a roommate, but pay for a shared room, the registrar will assign you to a room. Single rooms are available at a higher cost, see info above. If you require a ground floor room, please say so. Please state if you want vegetarian meals. Asilomar Conference Grounds requires information on disabilities, so if you use a wheelchair, are blind, or have another disability, please say so when you submit your registration and payment.
Note: The 48th annual Wizard of Oz convention celebrating the World of Oz and L. Frank Baum; this years themes include Baums 1912 fantasy Sky Island and Ruth Plumly Thompsons birthday
Contact: The Registrar, 1083 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94708 USA
Telephone: 001 1 510-527-4222
Email: phanff at library dot berkeley dot edu
24/08/2012 - 27/08/2012
The Eighnnnnnnnn Discworld Convention
Location: The Hilton Birmingham Metropole, NEC, Birmingham, UK
Guest of Honour: Sir Terry Pratchett
Telephone: +44 (0) 7092 394940
Contact: Discworld Convention 2012, PO Box 4101, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 9AJ
Email: Info at dwcon dot org
05/10/2012 - 07/10/2012
AWAY MISSION: ORLANDO (FORMERLY VULCAN EVENTS)
Location: Hilton Orlando Resort Lake Buena Vista, 1751 Hotel Plaza Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830, Tel. 800-782-4414
Guests of Honour: Avery Brooks, Colin Ferguson, Robert Duncan McNeill, Dwight Schultz, Dirk Benedict, Robin Curtis, Eric Menyuk, and more! Plus authors, artists, and performers.
Membership: Tickets start at USD20 for single-day general admission.
Accommodation: Same as con hotel. Special rates for con attendees of only USD99 per room. Mention Away Mission when making reservation or make reservation online via our website.
Note: A fan-friendly event with panels, celebrity Q&As, Halloween Bash, photo ops, dealers room and much more! A great weekend planned, be there!
Contact: Javier Garcia
Telephone: +1 401 4 VULCAN (+1 401 488 5226)
Email: info at away-mission dot com
13/10/2012 - 14/10/2012
ADVENTURECON Sci-fi and autograph convention
Location: Knoxville Convention Center 701 Henley Street Knoxville, Tennessee 37902
Guests of Honour: Chris Sarandon, Julian Glover, Ian Whyte
Membership: USD15 per day or USD20 for two days.
Accommodation: Hilton Hotel 501 West Church Avenue Knoxville, Tennessee 37902. USD99 per night
Email: info at adventurecon dot com
01/11/2012 - 04/11/2012
World Fantasy Convention
Location: Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel, Suites & Conference Centre
Guests of Honour: Elizabeth Hand, John Clute, Richard A. Kirk
Special Guest: Tanya Huff
Toastmaster: Gary K. Wolfe
Membership: CDN 135.00 Supporting: CDN 50.00
Contact: WFC 2012, 2, Farm Greenway, Toronto ON, Canada, M3A 3M2
22/02/2013 - 24/02/2013
Location: Britannia Hotel, Coventry
Guests of Honour: TBA
Membership: GBP 70.00 until 11/02/2013
For more membership rates see website
Accommodation: Britannia Hotel, Coventry - for room rates see website
Contact: Ian Murphy, 61 Chaucer Road, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 8SP
Email: info at conventions dot org dot uk
Location: Holiday Inn Tanglewood, 4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke, Virginia, 24018
Guests of Honor: Peter Davison, Orson Scott Card, Larry Elmore, Tom Angleberger, Steve Long, Bella Morte, The Gothsicles
Membership: Adults (ages 13 & up) USD $35.00 until 02/21/2013. Adults (ages 13 & up) USD $45.00
At-The-Door. Students and Military Personnel with valid ID USD $25.00. Children ages 9-12 USD $20.00. Children 8 and under Free.
Accomodation: All rooms USD $85.00 per night. Rooms may be booked through the MystiCon website using special code "MYS" or by calling the Holiday Inn Tanglewood at 540-774-4400 and instructing the desk clerk you are booking a room for MystiCon.
Note: MystiCon 2013 features over 100 writers, artists, podcasters, bloggers, media guests, and musicians. There is LARPing, a costume contest, vendors, an indie film festival, panel discussions, autograph signings and more! Beat the winter blahs and come to MystiCon 2013!
Contact: MystiCon VA Inc, 3735 Franklin Road SW, Suite 228, Roanoke, Virginia, 24014.
Email: mysticon dot mail at gmail dot com
Second Dutch Discworld Convention
Location: Zandvoort aan Zee
Guests of Honour: No guests yet
Accommodation: Hotel NH Zandvoort
Contact: Paul van Oven
04/07/2013 - 07/07/2013
WESTERCON 66: Science fantasy convention
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Guests of Honour: TBD
Membership: Attending : USD65, Upgrade Voting USD25, Supporting USD30
Accommodation: Hilton Arden West in Sacramento; USD109/room/night any size
Note: Who is Agent 66? Westercon is the traveling US West Coast sf and fantasy con. Westercon 66 will be awesome!
Contact: Westercon 66 c/o Kevin Roche & Andy Trembley,536 Cassatt Way, San Jose, CA, 95125
Email: info at westercon66 dot org
31/10/2013 - 02/11/2013
World Fantasy Convention
Location: Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel
Email: info at wfc2013 dot org
con listings have been taken or translated from:
ConNotation Ansible Fans Across the World, the SFCD SF-Infodienst Jenga's SF and Gaming Convention Lists and other websites in Europe and the USA.
More convention information is always needed. (Please note the format that I use.)
Please put the word Convention in the subject line of any email to me. It does not matter if the subject has nothing to do with conventions. Unexpected emails usually get mixed up with the trash and can be lost. The Convention filter keeps such emails out of the trash. Dixieland/Traditional/New Orleans Jazz Calendar