Thanks for your interest in Readercon. We are currently accepting panelist applications, program item suggestions, and special-interest item proposals for Readercon 31 in 2020.
If you would like to be a Readercon panelist, apply here.
Anyone is welcome to submit an idea for a general-interest panel or activity.
If you're an invited program participant, you're welcome to submit a proposal for:
Special-interest items may be either on-topic (related to imaginative literature) or off-topic. On-topic items typically include practical issues for writers, presentations of critical ideas, screeds on the state of the field, and the like. Off-topic subjects include science, history, other art forms, and popular culture. If you have a field of expertise in an area that genre readers are interested in (i.e., almost anything), this is your chance to bring that knowledge to the convention! Several of our program participants give annual off-topic talks that have become convention highlights.
If you're not sure what category your proposal falls into, here are some definitions:
- A special-interest panel is a panel on a topic that very few Readercon participants will be sufficiently expert to participate in. This could include an exploration of the works of an obscure author, or a discussion among members of an unusual profession. (By proposing a special-interest panel, you are offering to lead or moderate the discussion. To suggest a panel that anyone might lead, please use the general-interest program item form.)
- Talks and talk/discussions run for one hour. If you're giving a solo talk, we request that you leave some amount of time for a Q&A at the end. You can also choose to make it a talk/discussion, a hybrid that is (as far as we know) unique to Readercon, in which your 15-minute talk is followed by a panel discussion before audience questions are invited. The discussants are listed in the program, which will help draw people to your talk.
- A workshop is instructional, led by one or more teachers. Readercon does not do advance sign-up for workshops, so if you propose one, you'll need to be prepared to teach it to any number of people, from just a handful to as many people as can fit in the room. You can request that the workshop take place in a larger or smaller space if you would like some control over the maximum possible number of participants.
- A discussion is a group conversation with a facilitator. There is no audience/panel divide; anyone who comes can contribute to the conversation. We suggest that the facilitator start with a brief rundown of the topic and some basic rules for civil discussion before opening the floor.
- A performance can be a solo or group performance, and can be performed with or without audience participation. Past performances at Readercon include collaborative on-the-fly story creation and illustration, radio dramas, game shows, and readings with live musical accompaniment. Nothing X-rated, please.
- An activity is a brain break from the intellectual intensity of Readercon. Suggestions we've loved include board games, origami, low-intensity yoga, and picture book story time. We welcome suggestions for kid-focused and all-ages activities. The activity should take one to two hours; not be excessively loud, excessively messy, or X-rated; not require specialized equipment; and fit in one room that holds a maximum of 60 people. Be creative!
- A group reading is a series of very brief readings by members of a group such as a writing collective or contributors to an anthology. Each group reading is allotted one hour; how you divide that among the participants is up to you, but please keep it in mind when deciding how many people to include in the group. (By proposing a group reading, you are agreeing to be the point of contact for the group, provide us with a complete list of the readers, and ensure your readers show up at the reading.)