latest news & announcements

Town Hall Meeting At Gen Con to Discuss SFWA's New Game Writing Guidelines

SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) made an announcement a couple days ago ( that they were going to start welcoming game writers into their organization, an announcement many game writers looked forward to immensely. However, as with any big announcement, it was greeted on social media by a plethora of questions and discussion.

Sponsor Spotlight: Worldbuilders!

If you are a science fiction or fantasy fan, chances are you've seen the name "Worldbuilders" floating around from time to time. Worldbuilders is a charity organization created by bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss that gets readers, authors, artists, and more involved to help make the world a better place. Every year Worldbuilders has auctions featuring items like signed books and art prints, one of a kind items, and rare collectibles.

Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Winners To Be Announced At Symposium

The Gen Con Writer's Symposium would like to congratulate the finalists of the 2016 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award!

From Baen's press release:

The grand prize winner and two runners up will be announced at the start of the Baen Roadshow panel on August 6, 2016 as part of the Writer’s Symposium at GenCon in Indianapolis. The contest, launched in 2014, recognizes short stories which exemplify the spirit of adventure, imagination, and storytelling crucial to great fantasy. The winning story will be published on the website.

The Platonic Ideal Panel Moderator

People who attend panels (and those who are on them) know that one thing that can make or break a panel is the moderator. At the Gen Con Writer's Symposium, it is vital to us that our audiences receive the best programming possible, and to that end, we try to be sure our moderators are experienced and knowledgable, not only in the topics they are presenting, but how to moderate the panelists. We're are extremely lucky to have had such a wonderful crew of moderators over the years, and attribute this as a big part of the Symposium's success. Susan J.

Sunday June 20th Is Last Day to Pre-Register for Badges and Events

Heads up! This Sunday, June 20th, is the last day to pre-register for badges and events at Gen Con and the Writer's Symposium. If you register for tickets now, they can be mailed to you. If you register after Sunday, you will have to pick up your tickets and badges at the Will Call Center during the convention (which in some cases means a very long line). NOTE: You can still register for events and badges all the way up until the day of the event--this is ONLY if you want your tickets mailed to you before Gen Con.

Storium Returns in 2016: Telling Stories Via an Online Game!

Storium (, for those of you who don’t know, is a multi-player online game designed to help people unleash their imaginations and share the awesome stories that are within them. It gives players the tools to create characters and allows them to make fun and unpredictable stories for them to take part in. And in case players aren’t feeling that creative, Storium has a growing library of story ideas and worlds to help them get started, no matter how much their imagination needs stretching.

Amazing Podcasts, Awesome Guests: Be there For Live Recordings!

For the past couple years, the Gen Con Writer's Symposium has hosted live recordings of some of your favorite writerly podcasts, and 2016 will be no different!

Have you ever wanted to see behind the scenes of a podcast? Or have you ever listened to one, wishing you could see the hosts and guests as they discussed topics that are important to you? Now is your chance. This year the Writer's Symposium will be hosting two podcasts!