When Secret Masters Blab, Everybody Listens

In preparation for this year’s Smofcon32, happening in Manhattan Beach, CA the first weekend of December, convention bid committees have been invited to participate in the Fannish Inquisition.

The first stage is answering a survey of commonly-asked questions — about dates, facilities, policies, etc. These committees have submitted responses, which are posted on the Smofcon 32 website.

Seated Worldcons

2015
Sasquan 2015 FAQ
Sasquan 2015 the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention August 19-23, 2015 Spokane, Washington, USA\

2016
MidAmeriCon II FAQ
MidAmeriCon II the 74th World Science Fiction Convention August 17-21, 2016 Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Worldcon Bids

2017

Nippon in 2017 Bid FAQ
Montreal in 2017 Bid FAQ
Helsinki in 2017 Bid FAQ
Washington DC in 2017 Bid FAQ

2018
New Orleans in 2018 is still in pre-bid status
San Jose in 2018 FAQ

2019
Dublin in 2019 FAQ

2020
New Zealand in 2020 FAQ
Boston in 2020 Christmas Worldcon Bid FAQ

2021
Dallas/Fort Worth in 2021 FAQ

2022
Chicago in 2022 FAQ

NASFiC Bids

2017 or 2020
San Diego NASFiC Bid FAQ

Smofcon Bids

2015
Colorado Springs 2015 Smofcon Bid FAQ
Fort Worth 2015 Smofcon Bid FAQ

2016
Chicago 2016 Smofcon Bid FAQ

Update 11/24/2014: Added link to Montreal worldcon bid FAQ, which came in later.

Smofcon Scholarships Awarded

CanSMOF Inc., the parent organization of the 2009 Montreal Worldcon, has selected the recipients of two scholarships to attend Smofcon 32, a convention for conrunners. Jean-Louis Trudel of Quebec City and Jared Dashoff of Washington, D.C. will each receive 500 CAD to help defray the cost of attending Smofcon.

One scholarship was designated for a Canadian citizen or resident, while the second was open to anyone involved in running conventions, anywhere.

Smofcon 32 will be in Manhattan Beach, California from December 5-7.

Two SMOFcon Scholarships Offered

CanSMOF Inc. is taking applications for two scholarships of up to 500 CAD each to help conrunners defray the cost of attending SMOFCon 32, being held in Manhattan Beach, CA December 5-7.

One scholarship is open to Canadian citizens or residents; the other is open to all. Eligible applicants will be automatically considered for both scholarships. Preference will be given to fans who have not previously attended a SMOFCon. Click the link for the application form.

2014 Smofcon Site Picked

Smofcon 32, a convention for con organizers, will be held in Manhattan Beach, CA from December 5-7, 2014.

Its theme will be “All Roads Lead to the Same Castle: Traveling Together Into the Future” —

Smofcon is intended as a venue to discuss and exchange ideas about convention running and we feel that the broader the base, the more different points of view and experience, the more enriched we all are. Whether your “road” is SF&F, anime, comics, gaming, steampunk or anything in between, we all want to build the strongest castle we can.

Bobbi Armbruster and Kim Marks Brown will co-chair the event, hosted bythe Southern California Institute for Fan Interests at the Manhattan Beach Marriott.

SMOFCon 31 Scholarships

Jenni Merrifield of Port Moody, British Columbia and Pablo M.A Vazquez III of Austin, Texas have been awarded C$500 scholarships by CanSMOF Inc. to help defray the cost of attending SMOFCon 31.

SMOFcon 31 will be held December 6-8 in Toronto.

“Selecting only two scholarship recipients out of the field of applicants was a challenge,” according to CanSMOF Scholarship Committee member Kevin Standlee, who evaluated applications along with Robbie Bourget and Terry Fong. “There were many worthy applicants, and I’m sorry we could only pick two of them for the grants to go to Toronto. I hope Jenni and Pablo both learn things and help share their knowledge and experience with the other members of SMOFCon.”

“SMOF” stands for “Secret Masters of Fandom,” a humorous term for people who organize science fiction and fantasy conventions.

SMOFCon is the annual convention about organizing science fiction and fantasy conventions. It has been held in different cities around the world, usually in early December, since 1984.

2013 Smofcon Website Up

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Smofcon 31 will be held December 6-8 at Toronto’s Royal York Hotel.

The annual convention for sf convention runners is chaired this year by Diane Lacey. Her committee includes Ruth Lichtwardt, Catherine Crockett, Debra Yeung, Chris Smith, Mark Olson, Priscilla Olson, Jeff Orth, Claire Beaumier and Tim Sellmer. 

The con’s theme is “Learning From The Past, Looking To The Future.”

Current membership price is $50 Canadian.

2012 Smofcon Scholarhip Winners Named

CanSMOF has awarded Danielle MacDonald (Ontario, Canada) and James Shields (County Meath, Ireland) scholarships to the 2012 SMOFCon.

MacDonald has worked a number of art shows, and is also interested in masquerades and food and hospitality services. This will be her first Smofcon.

Shields has worked in programming, and is interested in developing uses of web technologies to further aid conventions and their memberships with their online experience. This will be his first Smofcon in North America.

The winning applicants were selected based on a demonstration of their potential for contributing to their local fandom and Canadian fandom. The 2012 selection committee was Terry Fong, Diane Lacey and Kevin Standlee.

CanSMOF Inc., is parent non-profit organization of Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon, The first scholarship was open to a Canadian citizen or resident, while the second was open to anyone involved in running conventions, regardless of their place of residence or citizenship.

Smofcon 30 will be held Philadelphia from November 30-December 2.

The City of Smofly Love

Smofcon 30 will be held next year in Philadelphia, November 30-December 2, 2012. (Although no longer breaking news, I wanted to get it on record here for future reference.)

Smofcon 30’s theme will be “Building a Winning Team: The Right Player for the Right Position.” They’ll explore how to create and keep an organizing committee for every size convention and associated tasks such as:

  • defining the skill sets needed for a particular job
  • identifying a person’s skill sets (people, data management, logistics & planning, money handling, marketing and publications, computer and internet, theatrical, etc)
  • matching people to jobs to get the most enthusiasm and effort
  • keeping a geographically diverse committee together
  • evaluating yourself – figuring out which convention job(s) you’re best for

The 2012 Smofcon committee is: Joni Brill Dashoff, Laurie Mann, Ben Yalow, Todd Dashoff and Jim Mann.

Memberships cost $50 until February 29; $60 (3/1-9/30); $75 (10/1 and at door).

Smofcon 30 information is also available via Facebook and Twitter.