Progress Report #2 - November 2016

Arisia '17: Progress Report #1

Arisia Progress Report #2
November 22, 2016

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In this issue
Room deposits for The Westin will be charged soon

The Westin, Arisia's main hotel, will be charging a deposit of one night per room on or just after December 13th - the deadline to cancel your reservation and avoid forfeiting your deposit is Friday, December 9th. Please review your confirmation email from The Westin to confirm the credit card you used to make the reservation is still valid.

All reservation holders will receive an email (sent to the email address used to make the reservation) with additional instructions should you need to change the credit card that will be billed the deposit. If you do not receive an email by Friday, December 2nd, please contact the Innkeeper Staff at

If you have a reservation at an overflow hotel, you will not be charged this deposit. If you have any other questions about the new deposit policy, please see our FAQ at

Suites are still available

Looking for a room upgrade for Arisia 2017 or want to throw a party? Suites are still available at The Westin! If you’re interested, please go to and fill out the form.

Last call for submissions for the Student Writing Contest

The Arisia Student Writing Contest is accepting original works of short fiction. The deadline to submit is Thursday, December 1, 2016.
  • Entries are free. Writers retain all rights to their works - we only wish to encourage, celebrate, and recognize the talented young writers throughout the Northeast.
  • All entries must be original works of fiction by students or young adults currently enrolled in high school or equivalent, between 13 and 18 years of age. No college students, please.
  • Short stories must be 1000 to 3000 words long.
  • Our theme this year is “biopunk.” Writers may feel free to draw inspiration from any sci-fi or fantasy theme they wish. Please, no fan fiction!
  • $800 in cash prizes will be awarded to authors of exceptional stories, as well as free memberships to attend Arisia 2017. In addition, the school attended by our first-prize winner will receiving a matching prize!
For submission guidelines and more information on the contest, visit the Arisia webpage at

Last call for submissions for the Student Art Contest

The Arisia Student Art Contest is accepting submissions until Friday, December 16th.

This is a free contest, open to all secondary school students (ages 13 to 18). Cash prizes totaling $800 will be awarded for the best science fiction or fantasy-themed artwork, as well as free memberships to attend Arisia 2017. Artists may feel free to draw inspiration from any sci-fi or fantasy theme(s) they wish. Additionally, a $250 matching prize for the first-prize winner's school will be awarded. We wish to recognize, celebrate and encourage outstanding student art. Students who wish can also choose to put their art up for sale.

We accept digital submissions sent to with attached images. For guidelines and instructions, please visit the Arisia webpage at

Turtle Track registrations are due

Turtle Track is Arisia’s supervised child care for those too young to enjoy the convention on their own (fans 2 to 6 years old). Kids must be pre-registered for Turtle Track by Thursday, December 15th. For more information on Turtle Track, visit our webpage:

Guest of Honor highlight: Krypton Radio

The Krypton Radio station was created by Gene Turnbow and friends who, in 2009, wanted a geek radio station to listen to while gaming. Unable to find one, they made their own. Today it's the best loved science fiction format radio station on Earth, reaching tens of thousands of listeners and readers each month, in 123 countries around the world.

At Arisia, you can find Gene and his partner in crime, Susan, on podcasting panels, judging the Doom, Gloom, and Despondency song competition, and more! You can check out their full bio at
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Arisia maintains a calendar of our events that includes planning meetings, get-togethers, and other opportunities to get involved.

In your Google calendar window or browser tab click the dropdown next to 'Other Calendars'. Select 'Add by URL' then copy-paste the URL below into the box. Click 'Add Calendar'.

If the URL wraps on your display make sure you get the whole thing when you copy-paste.

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