The JordanCon 2024 Anthology Call for Submissions (Stories and Art)

The JordanCon 2024 Anthology Call for Submissions (Stories and Art)

 

Calling all Authors and Artists!

The JordanCon 2024 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, 2023.
  • Art submissions are due by November 1, 2023.

The title of the JordanCon 2024 Anthology is A Magnificent Display of Marvelous Wonders.  We are looking for stories and art positively centered around extraordinary performers and fantastical displays. Acrobats, trick-shots, feats of strength, mysterious artifacts, rare creatures, magical or far-flung wonders. These are only broad examples and non-exhaustive. We cherish creativity on theme. 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@jordancon.org.

If you have never been a Guest of the convention, nor were you in the 2023 Anthology as an author, you can submit here:

2024 Attendee Author Submission Form

If you have been a Guest of the convention before, or you were in the 2023 Anthology as an author, you can submit here:

2024 Prior-Guest Author Submission Form

If you are submitting art, you can submit here:

2024 Artist Submission Form

JordanCon Young Artists

JordanCon Young Artists

We have exciting news for all of JordanCon’s young artists! This year, the Art Show has designated a panel specifically for the kids of JordanCon. Anyone under the age of 18 can submit their art to be displayed during the event. Here are the details:

  • The artist must be under the age of 18.
  • All mediums will be accepted, ie: crayons, colored pencils, markers, or digital. (We will not accept AI generated art.)
  • All appropriate subjects will be accepted. Please keep it family friendly.
  • Artwork may be submitted at any size, though mats have been donated to be used for any art that is sized at 8.5″x11″ or 5.5″x8.5″.
  • Art on this panel will not be for sale or included in the voting.
JordanCon Kids Art Show

Art by Ava U., Age 3.

Art can be dropped off at the purchase table in the Art Show. Please include the child’s name, age, and a title or short description for their artwork so the staff can make an official Art Show tag for their piece. Art can be dropped off Friday from 10am-5pm or Saturday 10am-5pm. Art can be picked up any time on Sunday. If the art is not picked up by the time the Art Show closes, it will become property of the JordanCon Art Show and they will choose what to do with it.

JordanCon Art Show Kids

Art by Anna A., age 14.

This is a great opportunity for all of JordanCon’s young artists to show us what they’re capable of! Please don’t be shy, and show us what you’ve got! If you have any questions, please email artshow@jordancon.org.

The Schedule is Live, and It Has a New Look!

The Schedule is Live, and It Has a New Look!

As you look through this year’s schedule, I’m sure you’ll notice it looks different from previous years. That’s because this year we’re using a nifty piece of scheduling software called Sched.

 

Sched has a lot of cool features, but we know it’s something many of you have never used, and you might like some help getting started. No worries, we’ve got your back!

 

In this blog, you will find instructions on how to register for Sched, how to use it to add events to your own personal schedule, and how to view your schedule. We’ll also include some links at the very end to some helpful resources from Sched on the rest of their nifty features, including in-depth video walkthroughs on both the web application and the mobile app. (That’s right, they have an awesome mobile app!)

 

One thing I’ll call out is that you can view the schedule without registering or taking any other action. It’s available right here.

 

That said, if you’re interested in creating your own schedule of only the events you want to attend, you’ll need to start by registering for an account.

 

Registering

 

There are a couple ways to register. You can do it by viewing the schedule either in your browser or within the mobile app. Registering on the web is straightforward: just find and click the green ‘Sign Up’ button on the schedule.

From there, follow the prompts to register using either your email address or your Facebook account.

 

If you want to register using the mobile app, there are a couple more steps involved. First, you’ll need to download the app. You can either search for it on the Apple or Android App Store or you can view the schedule on our website and click on the Apple App Store or Android App Store link.

 

Once you’ve downloaded the app, the first thing you’ll need to do is search for ‘JordanCon 2023’ in the search bar and tap on our event when the search results come up.

This will load the JordanCon schedule, and you’ll now be able to see an icon in the bottom right corner of your screen that says ‘My Account.’ Tap on it. It will give you the option to log in to an existing account or sign up for a new one. Tap on ‘Sign Up’ and follow the prompts to create an account using your email address.

 

Adding Events

 

Once you’re all registered and signed in to Sched, you can now start adding events to your personal schedule! 

 

On the web, all you need to do is click the white circle to the left of the name of the event you want to add:

And that’s it! You’ll see a checkmark instead of an empty circle, and that’s how you’ll know the event was added to your schedule.

 

On the mobile app, you’ll need to tap on the event you’re interested in adding. 

This will bring up the event’s details in addition to an ‘Add to Sched’ button in the bottom left corner of the screen. Just tap on it to add the event to your schedule!

 

Viewing Your Schedule

 

Now that you’ve added a few events, you’ll probably want to view your schedule.

 

To view it on the web, hover over your profile picture and click on the ‘My Schedule’ option on the dropdown menu that appears while hovering:

To view it via the mobile app, go to the JordanCon 2023 schedule in the app and tap on the ‘My Sched’ tab on the top center of the screen:

 

Wrap-up

 

Now that you know the basics, you can go ahead and use Sched to create a personalized schedule for JordanCon 2023! Sched also has a lot of other features (too many for us to go over them all), so if you want to know more about what it can do, Sched had a number of support guides that can help.

 

They also have video walkthroughs that cover all of what we’ve covered and more.  

Web video walkthrough

Mobile app video walkthrough 

 

Have fun choosing your panels and activities! We can’t wait to see you all in April!

Meet Our 2023 Toastmaster!

Meet Our 2023 Toastmaster!

Halito! Hello! When Jennifer Liang asked me to be Toastmaster for 2023 I said yes almost instantly. Attending JordanCon caused many new beginnings for me. I can’t imagine the last decade of my life without the connections and opportunities stirred by the winds in Dunwoody, GA.

 

This will be the 15th year for JordanCon. The 10th anniversary of A Memory of Light and the first season of the Wheel of Time show were two pivotal moments in the WoT fandom. How will the next few turnings of the wheel change the fandom and JordanCon?

 

JordanCon’s 5th year was a turning point for many fans and attendees, including myself. A Memory of Light was newly published. An ending had occurred. All of Team Jordan and Brandon Sanderson were attending. Leigh Butler, leader of the Tor Wheel of Time Reread, was the Toastmaster. A large number of the Leigh’s Loonies, my online fandom group, were attending for the first time. I told my spouse I had to go, for “It might be my only chance to ever meet them all!” 

 

How I laugh at my “only chance” comment now. JordanCon friends became a new family. Since 2013, I’ve attended all but one year. The weekend energizes me in ways hard to put into words. The friends I have online every other week are next to me and we can just talk, or hug, or chill together in person. This joy is shared by all who post using #IsItAprilYet. 

 

Since the 5th year of JordanCon, the community has grown in multiple ways. I thank the community for enabling my growth as well. The confidence I gained in becoming the (former) Workshop Director and a panelist filtered into other aspects of my life. From sharing my fan art food creations, to sharing my opinions and writings. I went from reading Tor.com blog posts to writing articles for them. I went from entering the costume contest to judging the contest. I went from a book lover to a beta reader for multiple best-selling authors. My younger shy dyslexic self could never have imagined being an active part of creating a novel, let alone over a dozen. Parts of the last ten years boggle my mind, while also bringing me great joy.  

Deana wearing her Veil cosplay.

Now I get to share a part of this joy as Toastmaster of JordanCon. The Toastmaster is the master of ceremonies. They help kick off the fun and welcome everyone to the convention. I remember feeling thrilled while watching Leigh Butler give her welcoming speech. It was the start of an amazing weekend. I hope to start the 15th JordanCon on a similar entertaining footing. JordanCon has found a wonderful recipe for success, and I plan to highlight several flavor notes as Toastmaster. 

 

JordanCon is about welcoming people to the buffet table. This includes our amazing Guests of Honor. As this year’s Toastmaster, I consider it an honor and privilege to be able to interview this year’s author Guest of Honor, Wesley Chu. I’ve been a fan of his for years, since reading his Tao novels and his season 12 co-host role on Writing Excuses. His newest novel, The Art of Prophecy, is his “love letter to the wuxia genera.” It is the start of a very promising journey. 

 

Equally impressive is our artist Guest of Honor Omar Ryyan. His art is full of whimsy, grace, and fantasy creatures. His work reminds me of the best of Romantic era paintings. My costumer’s heart delights in the fine detail he pours into clothing, accessories, and finer details. What a delightful addition his work will be to the Art Show! 

 

Welcome home to JordanCon everyone. I look forward to sharing the community table and ribbons with everyone in 2023. Come talk to me about your favorite flavors, cuisine or literature, your choice. 

 

By Deana Whitney

New Member Mondays: 2023

New Member Mondays: 2023

It is February 2023, and I am sure some of you are wondering “Where the heck are the New Member Monday posts?!”

Well, we are finally getting those started!

Now, as a New Member you may be wondering, “What under the Light is a ‘New Member Monday’?”

It is a series of blog posts written by the New Member Services Team (Ebony Adomanis and Arthur Gibson) to inform our newest members (and maybe some of our more experienced members) about the different aspects of JordanCon to put them at ease and help them get super excited about attending.

We will have New Member Monday blog posts about the following topics (in no particular order):

  • Traditions – It is JordanCon’s 15th Anniversary so this one will be fun!
  • Costume Contest
  • Charity Auction
  • Art Show
  • ConSuite
  • Gaming
  • Schedule
  • Volunteering
  • Member Engagement
  • Last Minute Reminders

While these are the topics we have planned, there is definitely room to add some, so let us know if you have a topic or area on which you would like more details!

In addition to our New Member Monday blog posts we will be bringing back Virtual Q&A Sessions. This will be a chance to interact with JordanCon Staff members, other new members, and our more experienced members. For 2023 our Virtual Q&A Sessions will be:

  • Saturday, February 18th 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm (EST) 
  • Saturday, March 11th 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (EST) 

(Don’t worry, we will send information out about these as we get closer to the dates.)

So sit back and get ready to learn about all things JordanCon. If you have any questions or suggestions, just shoot us an email at newmemberservice@gmail.com.

 

The Schedule is Live, and It Has a New Look!

JordanCon 2023 Memberships and More Are Coming Soon!

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

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.

#IsItAprilYet?

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.

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