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eNewsletter – February 21st 2013
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DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport Deadlines
February 24th, 2013, is the last day you can make a modification to your existing reservation (changing your arrival or departure dates) without incurring a penalty. After the 24th, all modifications will require canceling your entire existing reservation and booking a new one.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our hotel liaison at hotels@norwescon.org.

Call for Submissions
Plan on attending Norwescon 36 (2013)? Able to be there at 3 p.m. on Friday? DO YOU WRITE? Are you feeling brave and bold? Send us your novel’s first page to be read aloud and critiqued by three pros. (Email to: idol@norwescon.org )
Masquerade, painted faces on parade…….
The holidays are over, and
you still haven’t started your costume for the Masquerade?!? There is still time to save the world!! Need some ideas?
Here are a few links that can
lead you in the right direction!
Simplicity
Butterick
Don’t forget, you can print and fill out your entrant forms to bring with you to Norwescon!

Artists’ Alley: 
Victor Habbick

We’re looking for you!
 

Artists’ Alley is seeking artists to participate this year at Norwescon. We welcome a wide range of crafts and artists who are willing to share their skills and knowledge with other con-goers. We hope to educate and grow interest in what you do by connecting you with the “non-artist” who enjoys the same sci-fi/fantasy geek things that you do.

 

More information and sign-up form here.

Locus Awards
Norwescon is a proud sponsor of the 2013 Locus Awards Banquet being held here in Seattle. The Locus Awards are an annual set of literary awards presented by Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Field. The award winners are selected from a poll of the magazine’s readers. These awards were first presented in 1971 and Norwescon is proud to be part of this long standing tradition.

NWC 35 Gone, but not Forgotten
As we move closer to Norwescon 36, are you curious about how Norwescon 35 went? Well, wonderfully, of course! If you’d like a response that’s a little bit more detailed, our Norwescon 35 Post-Con Report (1.3MB .pdf) is now available!

Norwescon 36 (2013)

 

Less than 4 days left to Pre-register!

Registration closes on February

25th!

 

Registration for Norwescon 36 is coming along smashingly. We are all excited about the new Registration system. Things will look different this year since we are going to a kiosk system where you will enter all your own information and the reg staff will only be taking payments and printing badges.

There will be traffic control people to direct you to where you need to go, people to help you at the kiosk computers, and also the usual people solving problems. Pre-registration closes on February 25th so get your advance membership before it is too late and save $5 on the price at the door!

Hope to see you there,
Sally Woehrle
Norwescon Registration

 

*We offer a $5 discount for Northwest Science Fiction Society (NWSFS) members. Visit them at www.nwsfs.org

Art Auction for Charity – Donations Needed
The charities office is seeking donations for the upcoming arts/charities auction for Norwescon 36.  If you have one or more items that are in good condition that you believe are of interest to people in the science fiction/fantasy community – that is to say you believe people would not only like to own but would be willing to part with actual money to purchase – please contact Phillip Buff via email at charities@norwescon.org with a description of the item(s) (photos appreciated if available).

Wedding Party at the End of the Universe!
Photo by Patricia Figueira
Photo by Patricia Figueira.
Have you ever wanted a fannish wedding? Now is your chance! In honor of marriage equality coming to Washington State, Norwescon is hosting a wedding extravaganza! Join us for the Wedding Party at the End of the Universe in Maxi’s Ballroom on Saturday, March 30 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We will have cake!
Find the full details here.

Exciting Special Events…

Maxie’s Lounge

Maxie’s Lounge at the top of the tower will once again be open exclusively to Norwescon members on Friday and Saturday nights during the convention. Be sure to bring your IDs and come on up for some 21+ entertainment. We have some great surprises lined up for you this year!

Games Already Scheduled
We are excited to let you all know we have over 140 hours of scheduled games! D&D 3/4/Next, Settlers, Call of Cthulu and Pathfinder, to name just a few. We also have two Kickstarter Games to try out; Cheapass Games and Game Smiths LLC. Hurry and get your game scheduled now! The Scheduled Gaming signup forms are on the website, if you want to run a card or board game (or many) fill out this form.

Donations for the Game Room
We are accepting any charitable donations for the game room to be used for the Norwescon Scheduled Gaming Library and of course, door prizes. Those who donate will be recognized in the Scheduled Gaming Room as well as in some of the Scheduled Gaming Advertisements this year. Contact Norwescon charities to donate and mak enote that your donation is for Scheduled Gaming.

Masquerade
There is still time to prepare your costume for the Masquerade! Be creative! You know you always wanted to make something out of cardboard boxes or that weird packing material that came with your television! (Seriously, just Google “costume from cardboard box” and you’ll see some amazing stuff. A little duct tape and paint and you’re good to go!) The rules and forms are on the website. We hope to see you there!

Dances
Our dance themes this year range from celebrating the mighty Thor’s Day to reveling in our survival of the Mayan Apocalypse by way of dressing in togas, and on to the classic hoedown. We are also bringing back the Under 21 dance for the younger crowd so bring your dancing shoes and prepare to shimmy!

Scavenger Hunt

The scavenger hunt is going digital this year! Grab your cell phone or digital camera and get ready to comb the convention for items that you think will fit the list. Interpretation is half the fun!

Non-profit Fair
This year we want to acknowledge the groups actually out there trying to save the world and make it a better place for all of us. If you know of any special groups you would like to have at the convention, please drop them a line or contact us at specialevents@norwescon.org. We have some amazing organizations in the area and would love to showcase them!

Fine meal with fine company

Guest of Honor Banquet
Thursday, March 28th 5 – 7 PM

YES!  There are still tickets available for the Guest of Honor Banquet in Grand Ballroom 2.

 

Learn first hand from our honored guests about many of the exciting events that will take place over the weekend.  Purchase your tickets in-advance and you will be entered into a drawing to sit with one of our Guests of Honor — so act quickly and reserve your place now!

 

Tickets are $40.00 per person and always sell fast. You can purchase tickets through our Guest of Honor Banquet page.

 

Mail in registration must be received by March 1, 2013. PayPal registration is available until March 17, 2013.

Guest of Honor Websites

Norwescon 36 Guests of Honor
Author Guest of Honor: Catherine Asaro www.catherineasaro.net
Lee Moyer is our Artist Guest of Honor  www.leemoyer.com
Edward Tenner is our Science Guest of Honor www.edwardtenner.com
Terry Brooks is the Norwescon Grand Master  www.terrybrooks.net

Baen Books is our Spotlight Publisher, Baen will be represented by Tony Daniel

 More information is available on the Guest of Honor page.

“Life is like being a volunteer, ya never know who your gonna meet.”

Norwescon runs on volunteers – without them there would be no convention. As such, everybody is encouraged to volunteer at the convention for a few hours. Go to the Volunteer Table in the convention lobby or the Volunteer Office and sign up for a shift (or two, or three, or four, or five).

Help us repeat the success of years past and volunteer!

Come on down to the volunteer lounge and lend a hand.

Thank you,

Elana
Head of Volunteers

volunteers@norwescon.org 

Norwescon is a science, science fiction and fantasy convention that takes place on Easter Weekend each year.  We are an all-volunteer organization and always have room for more dedicated volunteers.  Without members, though, there would be no reason to hold a convention; thank you for your support!

 

Sincerely,
Norwescon Publications Team
Norwescon 36 (2013)

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