AMAZING NEWS 12/5/21

DISCON III, The 79th Worldcon, sends along this missive:

Attention Our Media Friends!

DisCon III Advance Press Registration Closes December 7, 2021

(Washington, DC) Advance registration for members of the media will close on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

Please fill out this application form to apply for a Press Pass or Press Credentials for DisCon III. in time to be registered in advance; please complete the application by December 7, 2021. Applications received after this date will be considered; however, your registration will need to be processed on the convention floor, which might delay your access to the event. Regardless of when you apply, we will return a decision to you as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact . Please visit Press Requirements – DisCon III (discon3.org) for more information.

Suppose you are unable to complete your registration by December 7, 2021. Don’t Panic! DisCon III will be delighted to assist press and online media members at the convention. Please contact a member of our Press Relations team who will be in the Director’s Room in the Omni Shoreham Hotel, which will be staffed between 9 AM EST to 5 PM EST during the convention. We will first open at 1 PM EST on December 15th, 90 minutes before the first scheduled programming, and last close at 1 PM EST on December 19, immediately before the Closing Ceremonies. We will also open the Director’s Room for interviews with Hugo Award winners on the evening of Saturday, December 18, at 8 PM EST.  As always, if you have any questions, please contact . Please visit Press Requirements – DisCon III (discon3.org) for more information.

DisCon IIIthe World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), will be held in Washington, DC., December 15-19, 2021. DisCon III is the third World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) held in Washington DC, USA. Worldcon is the annual gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans, writers, artists, musicians, and other creators from across the globe. DisCon III will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, on December 15-19, 2021.

Worldcon originally focused on and still has a strong emphasis on science fiction and fantasy literature but has grown to include genre television, movies, animation, games, and other popular media as well. It has truly become the world’s fair of science fiction and fantasy fandom. No other event brings together fans and creators, regardless of genre or medium, under one big tent with the intimacy of Worldcon.

DisCon III is sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Area Worldcon Association, Inc. (BWAWA, Inc.), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Maryland.

First held in New York City in 1939, Worldcon moves around the globe, held in a different city and organized by a different volunteer organization each year. Previous DC-based Worldcons were DisCon I in 1963 and DisCon II in 1974.

“World Science Fiction Society,” “WSFS,” “World Science Fiction Convention,” “Worldcon,” “NASFiC,” “Hugo Award,” the Hugo Award Logo, and the distinctive design of the Hugo Award Trophy Rocket are service marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society.

For more information on DisCon III, Worldcon, and how to become a member of the 79th Worldcon, visit http://www.discon3.org.

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