Fantasy Convention Schedule?

Discussion in 'Marketing' started by Beanie_Zed, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. Beanie_Zed

    Beanie_Zed Apprentice

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    Hi all! Does anyone know if there's a place on the interwebs that has a list or schedule of Fantasy/Sci-fi cons? I'm putting together a calendar of regional ones for my writing group, and have hit a wall.

    If not, does anyone know of any cons? I'm looking at small, medium and not-too-large ones like JordanCon, DragonCon, Balticon, HELIOsphere, etc. Thanks!

    Edited to add that I've tried the SFWA site, Googles, etc., and have found only outdated pages or writing advice. I'm willing to compile anything we come up with into one spot.

    (Also, not sure if this belongs more under Marketing or Writing Resources, but it feels like a Marketing thing...)
     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2018
  2. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Valar Lord

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    A Google search or two should bring up plenty of lists. I have a few links to UK based lists
     
  3. Beanie_Zed

    Beanie_Zed Apprentice

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    Yeah, I tried that but didn't get good enough intel, so I'm here.
     
  4. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    If it's any consolation, I've also spent time looking and have had a bear of a time of it.

    Where are you located and how far are you willing to travel? You could try googling "list of events" in your region and see if any of them are convention-ish.
     
  5. Beanie_Zed

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    Yeah, have tried that, too with minimal luck (see below). I'm based in the Northeast US; I have a handful along the East Coast but know there are more. Part of the problem that the medium and smaller cons are terrible at promoting themselves more than a month in advance.

    Since it looks like there isn't a central-ish resource already, why not use this thread to start listing upcoming conventions? Like I said in my edit, I'm willing to compile everything into a shared resource.

    So far, I have:
    NORTHEAST US
    • Balticon - May 17-20, Baltimore, MD
    • ReaderCon 28 - July 6-7, Quincy, MA
    • World Fantasy Convention - November 17-20, Baltimore, MD
    • Philcon - November 16-18, Cherry Hill, NJ
    • Chessiecon - November 23-25, Baltimore, MD
    • HELIOsphere - April 5-7, 2019, Tarrytown, NY
    • LunaCon - TBD 2019, Tarrytown, NY
    SOUTHEAST US
    • JordanCon - April 20-22, Atlanta, GA
    • DragonCon - August 30-Sept 3, Atlanta, GA
     
  6. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Valar Lord

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    A small Convention will expect to have a small reach, so they are probably doing a lot of advertising locally that just isn't making it on to the web unless you really know where to look. There was a Comic/Graphic Novel Con near me that ONLY advertised by poster and word of mouth as they only wanted people who went to comic shops to come... Don't know how well that worked.
    I know that the list of guests at any Con varies with time and some vary on the day. What other information are you looking for?
     
  7. Beanie_Zed

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    Yeah, my thoughts on con promotion could fill a whole other thread (I do events for my day job, so... yeah.)

    At this point? I'm just looking for any names/dates/location. If we can pool the board's hive mind now and add to the list I started above, I think we can get something good started.
     
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