Hello, JordanCon family!
April may still be months away, but the time to start preparing for JordanCon 2023 is quickly approaching. In fact, you’re going to want to set aside some time at noon (Eastern Standard Time) on October 15th. Why?
Memberships will become available on our website at noon on October 15th. To prepare, go ahead and make yourself an account so you’ll be ready to log in and buy your membership as soon as they are up for grabs. Keep in mind that you won’t get a physical ticket in the mail, and don’t stress when you see that your purchase says “pending.” It will say that until the event is over in April.
JordanCon Hotel Room Block
Hotel reservations for the JordanCon room block will open at the same time (noon on October 15th), and the link including our group discount will be available here on our website. With everything we’re planning, you’re going to want to be on-site as much as possible, so go ahead and grab your room as soon as you can!
T-shirts and Anthologies
Not only are we releasing the information for memberships and the hotel, but we’re also going to make the JordanCon 2023 T-shirt and anthology available at the exact same time. This year you’ll be able to go ahead and purchase your membership, shirt, and anthology together in one order. It will save you all some time, and it will also ensure you have everything locked in early. Please remember that both of these items will need to be picked up at JordanCon 2023.
It’s not quite time to start packing your bags, but set a reminder for noon on October 15th. You’re not going to want to miss a minute of this year’s con, so pick up everything you need to be ready for April.
Calling all Authors and Artists!
The JordanCon 2023 Anthology Submissions are now open!
Every year JordanCon publishes an Anthology featuring guests and attendees of the convention. All proceeds from the sale of the anthology go toward supporting the JordanCon Charity. We are looking for short fiction (under 7500 words), novellas (12,000-20,000 words) and full color, interior art.
- Fiction submissions are due by August 30, 2022.
- Art submissions are due by November 1, 2022.
The title of the JordanCon 2023 Anthology is “The Leaf Does No Harm.” We are looking for stories and art that plays with the theme of non-violence. Examples could be pacifism, oaths to not kill or do harm, unlikely friendships, dedicated kindness, or appeals to peace. This list is not exhaustive, but non-violence needs to be central to the story or artwork in some way. Stories and art must also fall within the categories of Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror, meaning that it must contain elements of one or more of these genres.
There are three submission forms, so please check the eligibility requirements to make sure you are using the correct form. Full submission guidelines are in the forms. Please be sure to read them. If you have any questions, please email Anthology AT JordanCon DOT org.
If you have never been a Guest of the convention, nor were you in the 2022 Anthology as an author, you can submit here:
2023 Attendee Author Submission Form
If you have been a Guest of the convention before, or you were in the 2022 Anthology as an author, you can submit here:
2023 Prior-Guest Author Submission Form
If you are submitting art, you can submit here:
2023 Artist Submission Form
JordanCon is aware of the statements made by Richard Fife regarding an incident involving Faith Hunter at JordanCon 2022. This statement addresses both the specific incident and JordanCon’s process for addressing attendee safety.
JordanCon will not comment on the merits of Richard’s allegations against Faith except as follows:
- Richard’s statements in his post are consistent with a report he made to JordanCon authorities.
- Faith Hunter self-reported certain conduct to JordanCon authorities and her public comments to date are consistent with what she self-reported. JordanCon has no further comment on the degree to which, if at all, Faith’s self-report aligns with Richard’s version of events.
- JordanCon spoke with every known witness to / person involved in the incident. JordanCon will not comment on the identities or statements of the persons JordanCon spoke to, and JordanCon will not comment on any ultimate findings of fact.
- Faith and JordanCon mutually agreed that she would not attend in the future.
JordanCon’s incident response process:
JordanCon takes attendee safety seriously, for all of our members, vendors, and guests. To that end, JordanCon has drafted, implemented, and trained its staff to follow specific incident response procedures. These procedures trigger when any attendee notifies any staff member that an incident involving harassment or unwanted touching may have occurred. The allegations of Richard’s report fall within this scope.
JordanCon’s procedures, which are publicly available at this link, are guided by several principles:
- All staff take a harassment training session and pass a test each year before they are allowed to pick up their badge.
- Investigations are conducted by experienced HR professionals.
- Anyone who makes an allegation deserves to be taken seriously and protected with whatever level of confidentiality they are comfortable with.
- Protective and corrective measures are not binary and can be tailored to fit the circumstances of a particular situation, including the desires of the complainant(s).
It is true that JordanCon does not make public statements on allegations, findings of fact, or determinations of culpability. There are several reasons for this:
- First, the obvious: JordanCon seeks to avoid legal risk, and it is the Convention’s right to avoid that risk.
- More importantly: JordanCon sometimes encounters situations in which it uncovers facts, beyond those alleged by a specific complainant, from sources who very much prefer to stay out of public discourse. Such situations can be complicated, messy, and unique. Without commenting in any way whether this applies to the incident in question, we are reluctant to comment publicly, even on cases where those concerns are not present, so that our approach is consistent. Put differently: some stories are not our stories to tell, and some complainants explicitly request that we not tell their stories. Some hold the point of view that JordanCon carries a megaphone that can amplify a call for justice. That may be true. However, there are other such megaphones and platforms. We are the ONLY entity that can maintain the privacy of JordanCon complainants, and above any policy favoring public discourse we must prioritize removing any barriers complainants may feel when deciding whether to take the risk of making a report to begin with.
JordanCon will not have further comment on this incident.
We have now had multiple attendees report positive Covid test results. Thank you all for doing your best to follow our safety procedures, which hopefully helped to limit exposure. With these reports, it is likely safe to say that all areas of the event had some measure of exposure and no one area has been identified as having a higher concentration of risk over another. Keep in mind that it may take several days from exposure before you see positive test results, so we encourage everyone to continue to get tested and to follow their local laws and CDC guidelines.
JordanCon is thrilled to announce a special partnership with long-term vendor and JordanCon family member, Leia Powell!
Leia approached us about creating some incredible licensed JordanCon stained glass artwork, and we agreed this was a wonderful opportunity to see our convention represented in a unique and beautiful way. We will be posting more information closer to the event about where you can find these pieces and how to make sure you get one, but we were just too excited to wait to share the news! Start saving up now, though. As you can see from these previews of the designs, you’re definitely going to want to take a piece home with you.
For more information, please see our Attending Professionals page and scroll down to Leia Powell for her bio and an amazing interview. We can’t wait for you to see all her awesome art in just a few short weeks!
We’ve gotten a lot of questions recently about our Covid policies and precautions, so we wanted to highlight that here. You can also find these policies, and a lot of other helpful information, on our JordanCon 2022 FAQ page.
To mitigate the risks of COVID-19 infection, all attendees will be required to show proof of up-to-date vaccination at badge pickup. Updated vaccination includes one booster shot for eligible individuals. Final vaccination dose must be administered prior to April 8, 2022.
When arriving to pick up your badge, please present your ID and either the actual vaccination card or a photo of the front and back of the card. The name on the card must match the name on your photo ID. Attestation of identity from a parent or legal guardian is acceptable for minors without ID. Proof of vaccination must be provided for each attendee, regardless of age.
If vaccination is not an option for you, you may present negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test taken no earlier than April 20th. Antigen/rapid test results are only acceptable if documented by a healthcare provider and clearly confirm identification and date of test (no earlier than April 20th).
Masks will be required in all JordanCon spaces.
All track rooms and ballrooms will use the capacity limits based on numbers provided by the hotel.
JordanCon will not sanction any room parties at the 2022 event. Any gathering within hotel rooms or spaces will be monitored by the hotel to ensure compliance with hotel policies.
If you experience any COVID/Flu-like symptoms at any time please attempt to isolate immediately and do not enter any convention spaces.
JordanCon is offering onsite COVID testing at no cost. Two tests will be given: a rapid test via nasal swab and an antigen test via saliva. Anyone passing the rapid test will be given a wristband by the testing agency that they can present at registration in lieu of vaccination records. The results of the antigen test will be sent to you via email. JordanCon will not be informed of your results unless you choose to disclose them to us. The first test for each person at the event is free, but additional testing is available at a cost of $25 per person. Exact hours for testing will be posted later, but you can expect it to be available Thursday afternoon, all day Friday, and Saturday morning. Testing is not required for those showing proof of updated vaccination.
If you learn you are positive for COVID-19 up to one week after visiting any JordanCon spaces, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Presentation of any falsified documents will result in a permanent ban from JordanCon and will be reported to local authorities per CDC guidelines.
We will continue to update this policy as needed, and it will be posted in the JordanCon 2022 FAQ. If you require any special accommodations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.