News from Norwescon September 2022

This entry was published on September 8, 2022 and may be out of date. For the most current information on this year's Norwescon, please see our most recent blog posts. Thank you!

Announcing Guests of Honor for Norwescon 45

Norwescon is excited to announce our first Guests of Honor for Norwescon 45:

Writer Guest of Honor P. Djèlí Clark

A photo of NWC45 Writer Guest of Honor P. Djélì Clark. He is a Black man with short black hair and goatee wearing a grey suit standing in front of a wooden wall.

Phenderson Djèlí Clark is the author of the Nebula Award-winning and Hugo Award-nominated novel A Master of Djinn and the Hugo-, Nebula-, and Sturgeon Award-nominated author of the novellas Ring ShoutThe Black God’s Drums, and The Haunting of Tram Car 015. His short stories have appeared in online venues such as, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and in print anthologies, including Griots and Hidden Youth. You can find him on Twitter at @pdjeliclark and on his blog The Disgruntled Haradrim.

Spotlight Publisher and 2022 Hugo Award Winner Uncanny Magazine

Founded in 2014, Uncanny Magazine is a bimonthly e-book and monthly online science fiction and fantasy magazine featuring passionate SF/F fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, provocative nonfiction, and a deep investment in the diverse SF/F culture, from writers of every conceivable background. Uncanny believes there is still plenty of room in the genre for tales that make you feel. Uncanny Magazine is a 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2022 Hugo Award winner, 2016 Parsec Award winner, 2019 British Fantasy Award winner, and numerous-time Locus Award finalist. Many stories from Uncanny Magazine have been award winners and finalists, including winning Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus, and Ignyte Awards, and have been included in year’s best anthologies. Uncanny Magazine will be represented at Norwescon by co-publishers/co-editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.

Panelist Applications Open Through September 25

If you enjoy sharing your interests and talent with others, we encourage you to apply to be a panelist at Norwescon! We are now accepting applications from professionals and experienced hobbyists who would like to participate in panel discussions, lead demos, and teach workshops in the following areas: art, biology, community, costume, editing, gaming, fantasy, history, horror, music, popular media, publishing, space, technology, teen, tween, writing, YA, and youth. Click here to apply.

Send Us Your Panel Ideas!

Is there a panel, workshop, demo, class, or other activity you’d like to see at Norwescon? Let us know! We will gladly take your suggestions into consideration as we work with our pros and panelists to craft our programming this year. Please submit your panel ideas by October 15 using this form.

How to Register for Norwescon 45

Registration for Norwescon 45 will open in mid-September. Please check our website for updates. The rate for an attending membership is $85 from September 1through December 31. Please register early to secure the lowest rate.

Safety Policy Revision Forthcoming

In response to concerns raised after the last convention, Norwescon is undertaking a revision of its policies regarding safety and public reporting of incidents which happen at the convention. Much work was done at the first meeting of the executive team a few weeks ago, and we are planning an announcement shortly of these policy revisions, which are currently in draft form. Be on the lookout for policy changes soon.

Convention Committee Meeting Dates and Locations

The Norwescon convention committee, or ConCom, is an all-volunteer group which meets on a monthly basis starting in September to plan Norwescon. All meetings are open to the public, and are the best place to volunteer, so please join us! ConCom meetings will be held in-person this year in Maxi’s Ballroom at the SeaTac Doubletree Hotel. A virtual attendance option will be available and announced on the “Staff Updates” section of the website. For in-person attendees at the September meeting, a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 and a face mask must be worn at all times when not actively eating or drinking.

Norwescon 45 ConCom Meeting Dates

  • September 17, 2022
  • October 22, 2022
  • November 19, 2022
  • December 17, 2022
  • January 21, 2023
  • February 11, 2023
  • March 11, 2023
  • April 29, 2023 (post-con meeting)

For information about COVID-19 vaccine verification requirements, please visit the Washington State Department of Health.

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