JordanCon 2022 Karaoke All-Stars!

JordanCon 2022 Karaoke All-Stars!

My fellow belters of songs! It has been a long time since we’ve been able to take the stage, but after conferring with the Programming Team and Convention Operations, we are tentatively optimistic that the great JordanCon tradition of Karaoke will be back for 2022! Of course, that also means we will be coming back for a third year of JordanCon Karaoke All-Stars! Who will win the talent pipes this year? It could be you!

NOTE: This is a tentative and optimistic plan. Should Covid-19 conditions change to where JordanCon deems that we cannot do Karaoke safely, we will postpone to a future year. At a minimum, we expect that all singers will be required to wear masks, and you will need to remain on the stage (no going out into the audience)

You can put your name in the hat here.

Rules:

  1. Alternate lyrics are allowed, but please keep language and the performance to PG-13.
  2. Groups are allowed, but no repeat performers. There is only 1 prize (a set of “talent pipes” from Badali Jewelry) awarded to the winner, so a group will need to decide who it would be awarded to should they win.
  3. Your time-slot is 5 minutes long. This includes set up, anything you want to say prior to singing, the song, any outro, and leaving the stage. Points will be deducted for exceeding time.
  4. You will be provided 2 wired microphones, 1 wireless microphone, and a stage.
  5. Backing music and lyrics-on-screen will be provided to the best of the host’s ability. He will work with you over email to get the best arrangement possible. (more info below)
  6. There will be a sound/mic check at 7:30pm Friday night. Doors open and the contest begins at 8:30pm. Do not be late, or you will be bumped.
  7. Singing order will be determined on site via random draw.
  8. A panel of three judges will rate your performance. Judging criteria are:
    • Singing Accuracy/Skill 50%
    • Showmanship/Performance 40%
    • Costume/Props 10%
  9. The email address you supply will be the point of contact used for this contact.

When you submit your song, Richard will reach out to the you (or your Group’s point of contact) to coordinate getting the karaoke track to the group to practice with before hand, or to request the track should he not have it. Simply “play this YouTube” will not work, though. Richard needs at least an mp3 file as he will not have reliable internet access.

Lookin’ Forward to hearing what the All-Stars can bring!

JordanCon 2022 Anthology Is Now Open For Art Submissions!

JordanCon 2022 Anthology Is Now Open For Art Submissions!

Ruins by Justin Gerard

Calling all artists!

Brand new and shiny! This year’s JordanCon anthology will include art for the very first time! Better yet, it will be art from our very own members!  The anthology in which the artwork will be featured will be sold at JordanCon 2022 (April 22-24, 2022), and then on Amazon, to support fundraising for the convention charity!

Submission Guidelines

The JordanCon 2022 Anthology is now accepting 2D art submissions. To submit, please carefully read our submission guidelines.

Submissions are open to any person who has attended JordanCon, past or present. The theme is “Neither Beginnings nor Endings”, with an open-ended interpretation within the field of speculative fiction, including fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Patterns, loops, rebirth, the old made new, etc. Take hold of the creative spirit and let it take you where it will! We are now accepting multiple submissions. Artists selected to be in the Anthology will only have one piece of art selected.

Preexisting art is welcome. No copyrighted or fan art. We will be asking for non-exclusive rights to both print and digital versions of your accepted art as part of any future printings of the 2022 Anthology (e.g., continuous sales on Amazon). All of the art that is accepted will be included in its own Art Show Display!

Artists selected for inclusion in the JordanCon 2022 Anthology will receive the following:

  • A US $50 honorarium.
  • A complimentary copy of the 2022 Anthology, mailed to you if you cannot attend JordanCon 2022.
  • Participation in the mass signing event in Main Programming.

Art pages will be 8.5 x 5.5 inch format size, 1650 pixels by 2550 pixels max, but pieces are not required to be rectangular or those exact dimensions (although it should be at least 300dpi in one of those dimensions.) For the submission, a lower quality or watermarked image is acceptable, but we’ll need the high quality and clean version for printing upon acceptance.

 

Eligibility

All submissions must be from someone who has attended a JordanCon before or has purchased a membership for 2022. You need not have been a featured artist to submit. So long as you have been to JordanCon, we want to see your art.

To submit, fill out this form.

If you have questions, please email them to anthology@jordancon.org.

The deadline for art submissions is Monday, February 21st, 2022. We will review the submissions shortly thereafter.

Best of luck, and may creativity smile upon you!

JordanCon 2022 Anthology Is Now Open For Submissions

JordanCon is excited to announce that for JordanCon 2022 (April 22-24, 2022), in partnership with numerous of our professional guests, we will be compiling a printed third anthology of short stories. These will be sold at JordanCon 2022, and thenafter available from Amazon, to help support our charity fundraising for the convention charity that year. What’s more, these stories will be written by JordanCon members and guests! Which members? Well, that is what we are about to find out because submissions are now open!

Eligibility to Submit

Submissions are open to any person who has attended JordanCon and not been a guest or published in the 2021 (last year’s) Anthology. If you wish to submit and are a prior guest, or you were in the 2021 anthology, please contact writers@jordancon.org for instructions on how to submit as a “Prior Guest”.

Submission Guidelines

The JordanCon 2022 Anthology is now accepting submissions. To submit, please follow the link at the bottom of this page. Please also carefully read our submission guidelines.

The theme of the JordanCon 2020 Anthology is “Neither Beginnings nor Endings.” We are looking for stories that in some way play with the idea loops, cycles, or patterns. Examples could be recurring prophecy, generational power or curses, old stories returning, or reincarnation. This list is not exhaustive, and we appreciate creativity, but a loop/cycle/pattern needs to central to the story.

Stories must also be “Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror,” meaning that they must contain elements of one or more of these genres, and those elements must be somehow critical to the story.

We are primarily looking for short stories up to 7500 words in length. We are also potentially looking for a novella to include in the collection, up to 20,000 words in length. When you submit, please indicate if you are submitting to be considered for one of the short story slots, or the singular novella slot.

While you may submit one short story and one novella each, only a maximum of one story per author will be chosen for inclusion in the anthology. Please, only one of each type of submission per author.

All submissions must be in .docx or .rtf format.

All submissions must be original works. We are not looking for reprints from non-guests in this submission process. We will be asking for first print and digital rights and non-exclusive rights to print and digital of your accepted story as part of any future printings of the 2022 Anthology (e.g., continuous sales on Amazon).

All submissions must be in a manuscript format. Generally speaking, that means:

  • Size 12 font, either courier new or times new roman
  • Double spaced, 1-inch margins, and a half-inch indent at the start of each new paragraph
  • No extra spaces between paragraphs.
  • Author’s name and the work’s title in the header of each page after the first. Page number in the footer of every page.
  • The first page should start with the title, then the author’s name on the next line, then a blank line, then the text of the story.
  • Italics and bolds can use your word processor’s formatting. You do not need to do underlines for italics, etc.

Submissions are due August 30, 2021.

Authors selected for inclusion in the JordanCon 2022 Anthology will receive the following:

  • A US $50 honorarium for a short story, a US $100 honorarium for a novella.
  • A complimentary copy of the 2022 Anthology, mailed to you if you cannot attend JordanCon 2022.
  • Two rounds of professional editing service, as well as professional copy-editing provided by past guest editors of JordanCon.

To submit, simply fill out this google form: SUBMIT HERE.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the editor, Richard Fife, at writers@jordancon.org.

2021 JordanCon Costume Contest

2021 JordanCon Costume Contest

We know that many of you have been working on that perfect costume for over a year now. We’re excited to say that we WILL be hosting the always-popular Costume Contest this year despite reduced programming! Sign ups will be slightly different, so please see below for details. We can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with.

General Guidelines

  • Contestants may choose to compete for juried awards or only for Judges Choice/Audience Choice
  • Due to time constraints, we will be limiting the number of entries to the following:
    • We will accept the first 20 contestants to sign up who wish to be considered for juried awards. (Best in Show, Best in Class, or Best Workmanship)
    • We will accept an additional 10 participants for Judges Choice or Audience Choice awards only, but these will not be pre-judged or considered for the “Best of” categories.
  • Mandatory pre-judging for juried entrants will take place at 4 PM in the Main Programing Room (Dunwoody Ballroom). Please arrive early or you may not be eligible for juried awards.
  • Participants who are not being pre-judged should arrive by 5 PM.
  • Each entry will have approximately 1-2 minutes to present their costume while the emcee reads your pre-written description. Please write descriptions clearly and provide pronunciations, otherwise the emcee will ad-lib at their own discretion.

Awards

The following awards will be given at the end of the contest:

  • Best in Show– The best overall entrant from all classes.
  • Best in Class– The best entrant from each class that is not also the Best in Show.
  • Best Workmanship– The entrant with the best workmanship who has not also won Best in Class or Show.
  • Judges Choice–  Each judge may choose to present an award to any contestant that does not also receive a “Best of” award.
  • Audience Choice– This award will be chosen based on audience reaction.

Classes for Juried Awards

  • Entrants may enter one of the 3 classes (below).
    • Novice– Anyone who has never won an award before.
    • Journeyman– Anyone who has won 2 or fewer Best in Class awards or no more than 1 Best in Show.
    • Master– Anyone who has won Best in Show more than once or Best in Class 3 or more times.
  • Classes are determined by placement in previous JordanCon Costume Contests only; however, entrants may choose to enter in a higher class based on other factors.  Entrants may not enter a lower class. Group entries will be classified by the highest entrant in the group. 

Criteria

  • Entrants will be judged on the following equally-weighted criteria.
    • Accuracy (how well it matches the source material) 
    • Craftsmanship (how well constructed the self-made pieces are)
    • Presentation (the overall look and appeal of the entry) 

Conduct

  • Entrants are expected to abide by the JordanCon Code of Conduct.
  • Contestants should provide their own handlers for any large or obstructive costumes.
  • Contestants should be aware of any part of their costumes or props that may cause damage to the facilities or other contestants and take necessary precautions. If your costume is considered a problem by the organizers, you may be asked to leave.

Registration

  • Registration will take place online via the Eventeny ticketing system. Only 20 tickets will be available for juried awards. An additional 10 openings will be available for Judges Choice or Audience Choice awards only. Tickets to enter the costume contest are free of charge.
  • Entries will be taken on a first come, first served basis.
  • Tickets/entries for the Costume Contest will go live July 14 at 8:00 AM EDT. Please only sign up for ONE type of participation ticket/entry. The link provided below contains tickets (entries) for both types of contestants.
  • No entries will be taken after 1:00 PM Saturday or after the online tickets have been filled, whichever comes first.
  • Link to tickets for the JordanCon Costume Contest Awards is here.
JordanCon 2021 Charity Auction Updates

JordanCon 2021 Charity Auction Updates

As we’ve shared before, there have been a few changes to the Con this year due to our COVID-19 safety protocols. Charity Auction did not escape these changes. There are a few things you all should know about.

First, for this year at least, we’ve moved back in with the Art Show and Dealers Hall. We’re sharing a much bigger room, and you won’t be able to miss us when you enter. We’re the first thing you’ll see. You’ll have to come through us to get to the Art Show and the Dealers.

Secondly, the Charity Auction will have no paper bid sheets anywhere. We will be using 32auctions.com to conduct all the bidding. The link for the JordanCon Charity Auction is https://www.32auctions.com/JordanCon21. Everything that has been submitted so far has already been set up on the website. Please feel free to browse the auction. There’s some amazing stuff in there and we expect to be adding more items as we get closer. The auction will open on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at 10 a.m. EDT.

It is NOT TOO LATE to submit more items that you would like to donate. Please make any submissions to the JordanCon Charity Donation Submission Form. We need these submissions by July 9, 2021.

JordanCon WILL NOT SHIP ANY ITEMS. Only people in attendance may bid. Anybody not attending is welcome to make arrangements to find a proxy attending JordanCon to bid on, pay for, and pick up Auction items. JordanCon will not coordinate this. All items must be picked up Sunday before noon and again, JORDANCON WILL NOT SHIP.  

Please understand that NONE of these items are guaranteed until they’ve been handed over to us. At this point, this is only what we’ve been told will be there. Any of these items may be pulled from the auction if they don’t make it to Atlanta.

We look forward to seeing you all in just a few weeks. And to help tide you over, here are a few items up for sale in this year’s Charity Auction! Enjoy. 

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