News from Norwescon November 2022

This entry was published on November 1, 2022 and may be out of date.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!

Volunteer for Norwescon

Norwescon is a 100% volunteer organization. For 45 years fans have volunteered their time and energy to organize, plan, and produce our annual convention and other events to promote science fiction, fantasy, horror, and science through written word, art, cultural, and educational programs. There are pre-convention planning staff positions and at-convention roles available.

Please join us online for a volunteer open house Thursdays at 7 p.m. to learn how you can help create the premier fan-run convention in the Pacific Northwest. Contact for a meeting link.

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Open Positions in the Programming Team!

Contact to find out more about these staff and panelist opportunities:

  • Programming Services Assistant: Working out of the programming office, you’ll help check in our panelists and performers, post the daily room schedules, keep the rooms supplied, and give time cues to panelists.
  • Virtual Room Monitor: Help monitor the live virtual stream broadcast of panels from Norwescon. Work either from home or from the convention.
  • Hands-on Workshop and Writing Class Assistant: Help check people into our very popular hands-on workshops and writing classes.
  • Youth, Tween, and Teen Panelist: Our youth, tween, and teen program leads are amazing, but they can’t do it on their own! Lend a hand with a crafting session, read a story to our NorwesKids, teach a class, or lead an activity of your choosing.

Norwescon Writers Workshop Submissions Open

Norwescon Writers Workshop bannerSubmissions are open for the Norwescon Writers Workshop! NWW is a Milford-style workshop: a peer-to-peer critique facilitated by professional writers, editors, and agents. There are no fees to participate beyond a Norwescon 45 membership. NWW accepts sci-fi, fantasy, and horror short story or novel excerpts and the submission deadline is February 1, 2023. For information how to apply and more visit the Norwescon Writers Workshop page!

Save Time & Money—Pre-Register Now!

Would you like to save time and money in getting yourself to Norwescon? The answer is simple: pre-register now! Not only will you save money, you’ll also save time when checking-in at the con. Our current rate for a full, four-day adult membership is $85 through December 31st, increasing to $110 on January 1st, and up to $120 if you wait to purchase at the con. So don’t wait, act now! Youth memberships (age 13-17) remain $50 now and through the con, and children (through age 12) as always are free. We’ll also have single-day memberships available at con, and we’ll announce those closer to the date. But don’t wait for that. Act now, save now—pre-register now!

The Speculative Film Fest Wants Your Short Films!

The Speculative Film Fest is returning to Norwescon, showing four hours of short films on Thursday and Friday evenings. The festival is a great way to see some of the best cutting-edge science fiction, fantasy, and horror short films from around the world. Last year we showed over 40 films from more than a dozen countries.

What would make the festival even better is showing films made by our members. If you are a filmmaker, please consider submitting! This year we are offering a 50% discount to the submission fee for Norwescon members. Just use the code “NWCSFFNEWSLETTER” at our submission portal on FilmFreeway by November 30th to receive the discount. Submit at our FilmFreeway portal.

Another goal is to show as many films as possible by BIPOC directors and we are waiving the entire submission fee for these directors. Please see our FilmFreeway page for more details.

Apply for Dealers’ Room, Art Show, and Club Tables

Applications for the dealers’ room have a deadline of midnight, November 12. Please see our dealers’ room page for more information.

The priority deadline for club table requests is Jan. 10th, 2023. After the deadline, tables are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please see our club tables page for more information.

The art show is rapidly filling up! Please see our art show page for more information.

Send in Your Panel Ideas for Norwescon 45—It’s Not Too Late!

Is there a panel, workshop, demo, class, or other activity you’d like to see at Norwescon? Let us know! We will gladly consider your suggestions as we work with our panelists to craft our programming. Please submit your panel ideas by November 10 using our Panel Suggestion form.

Go on a Quest!

Questland by Carrie Vaughn is the Norwescon Bibliophiles book club selection for November. The discussion is online Monday, November 21 at 7 p.m. Find us on Facebook.

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