26-28 Sept 2014
Columbus, Ohio

We have an alphabetical list and embedded detailed programming currently posted!

We will be offering parties, concerts, and reading sessions. More information will be posted soon. You can view the last year's schedule.

If you wish to host an event at Context - including room parties - please check out our event hosting page.

If you have any questions about our programming, please email our program staff at program@contextsf.org.

Charity Drawing & Fundraiser

This year, our fundraiser will be supporting the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund, which provides potentially life-saving, interest-free loans to SFWA member authors who are facing unexpected medical expenses.

Your donations at the convention will be appreciated and are also tax-deductible. Context is run by FANACO, Inc., which is a registered 5013(c) organization. We can provide donation receipts for tax purposes.

Friday Night Flash Fiction Contest

On Friday, September 26th, we will hold our Flash Fiction Contest!

Contestants will be able to sign up at registration; there will be room for 12 contestants, and sign-ups will be first-come, first serve! The writing workshops will be finished for the evening by the time the contest starts.

There will be two contestant categories: Pro and Amateur. Contestants in the Pro category would include writers who have published three or more short stories or a novel; anyone who would qualify for active status in SFWA or HWA would be a pro. Contestants who would qualify as Amateur would have no or less than two fiction publishing credits.

Contestants will read aloud complete stories of up to 1500 words; they'll be judged both on the story and on their performance of it. People must read their own work, published or unpublished, and must provide the judging panel with four hard copies in standard manuscript format so the judges can follow along. Individuals with speech disabilities, laryngitis, etc. may have friends read for them.

Prizes will be annouced later.

Flash Fiction at Context
Above, from left to right: Context flash fiction judges Jerry Robinette, Gary Braunbeck, Sarah Hans, and Steven Saus, along with unidentified participant. (Photo by Mark Freeman)

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The Beatnik Cafe

The Western Ohio Writers Association Beanik Cafe is a live reading that pays homage to the hole-in-the-wall poetry clubs of the 1960s, but with a more modern style. Reading aloud from original work, each writer will take the stage for 10 minutes, dazzling audiences with short stories, poetry or who knows what. Reading authors are encouraged to perform their work for the audience taking into account style and entertainment quality when presenting.

Participants: Perspective Beatnik performing authors should submit their ORIGINAL story or poetry to be chosen by our committee to read in the performance. Each submission should be accompanied by a 150-word bio with complete contact information - name, phone and email. Please submit only ONE story / poem per person. Maximum length: 1200 words. We will choose the best of 10 original pieces, any genre, no theme. Submissions should be sent in by 11PM on August 1st, 2014. Submit stories to wowainprint@gmail.com and put Context Beatnik Submission in the subject line. By submitting their work for consideration for Beatnik, each author/performer has agreed he or she will in attendance at Context and present on Saturday evening to perform at the event.

How it works:Emceed by WOWA Executive Director, Gery L. Deer, the performance will be ordered based on the style and type of stories. The bio submitted with each story will serve as the basis for an introduction given by the MC. Each author will have 10 minutes to perform his or her story for the crowd.

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Name That Terrible Novel

Name That Terrible Novel: Our panelists have selected a set of novels that would be awesome to parody, and at the prompting of the audience, will (over) act, mime, and monologue their way into your hearts. The audience teams will be pitted against each other, with prizes for the winners.

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Build-a-World Premiere

Build-a-World Premiere: Ever wonder how writers work under pressure? This "Game Show" combines three mini-worldbuilding games, audience participation, and a whole lotta fun to create new worlds on-the-fly. Timed events pit one team against the other -- and winners are voted on by the audience! Run by Monica Valentinelli; prizes go to charity.

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Monster-By-Mail Coloring Competition

Monster-By-Mail Coloring Competition: Do you have what it takes to color Cthulhu? Tint a zombie? Rouge a wolfman or variegate a vampire? Then join us throughout the day for the coloring competition! Listen to authors read their stories while you color pages from guest Len Peralta's Coloring Book of Death for a chance to win prizes! Crayons supplied; participants are welcome to bring their own.

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Brewing Science Panel
Above, from left to right: homebrewing presenters EC Garrison and Trista Robichaud. (Photo by Mark Freeman)

more happy people at Context
Above, from left to right: Context panelists Raven Bower, Paul Melko, Matthew Cook and Fran Friel (Photo courtesy Raven Bower)

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What is Context?

Context is a friendly convention focused on speculative fiction literature and related games, comics and films.

If you enjoy science fiction, fantasy, or horror, you'll find plenty to entertain you at this convention.

Who Will Be There?

Our 2014 GoHs include Jonathan Maberry and Betsy Mitchell; there will be many other guests.

When/ Where Is It?

Context will be held September 26-28, 2014 in Worthington, Ohio, at the Holiday Inn.

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