Utah Wins 2014 Westercon

Salt Lake City will host the 2014 Westercon. Although Utah in 2014 was an unopposed bid and received a first-round majority, as last year’s business meeting reminds us, running for Westercon unopposed guarantees nothing. I suspect Utah chair Dave Doering was looking over his shoulder all the way.

Now that he’s won, Doering says, “Don’t know if we want to call it CONgratulation or CONsolation.”

The site selection vote tally: Utah 59; Tonopah, 4; Maui, 3; Both, Los Angeles, Portland, Unreadable, None of the above, 1; No preference, 4. Total ballots cast: 75.

The 2014 Westercon will be held July 3-6, 2014 at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek in Salt Lake City, Utah. Guests of Honor will be Cory Doctorow and the Writing Excuses team (Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells). Fan Guest of Honor to be announced.

Memberships begin at $50 attending and $25 supporting. Voters who pre-supported have full attending memberships. The conversion fee for voters who did not pre-support is $25, while the fee for pre-supporters who did not vote is $30.