Minicon 53

Pre-registration for Minicon 53 has closed. See the registration page for details on registering at the door.

March 30 - April 1, Easter weekend, 2018 - St Louis Park, MN

About Minicon

Minicon 53 … The Minicon chronologically closest to the 50th Anniversary of the 1st Minicon.
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Minicon is a volunteer run, general science fiction convention held every year on Easter weekend in or near Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minicon is run by the Minnesota Science Fiction Society, or MNStF. Attendees of Minicon can expect to find a full slate of programming (panel discussions, readings, signings, etc), costuming, films, gaming (open and organized), a teen lounge, an art show, dealers, kids' programming, a science room, filk and folk music, a consuite and bar, room parties, and various special events.


Rachel Swirsky - Guest of Honor

A Multi-Nebula award winning author of short stories and poetry, Rachel Swirsky has also nominated for the Hugo, Locus, World Fantasy, and Sturgeon awards. Her work has been featured in several collections and in magazines such as Clarkesworld, Uncanny Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, Apex, and many others.

You can see her work at

Lyda Morehouse - Guest of Honor

A science fiction and fantasy author, fan, and one of the most entertaining panelists a person can hope to see. Author of the LINK Angel series, the Garnet Lacey series, several short stories and winner of multiple national awards, including the Phillip K. Dick award, the Shamus Award, and the Barnes & Noble Maiden Voyage Award for debut science fiction novel.

You can see some of her work at &

Jon Arfstrom (1928-2015) - Featured Artist

This pioneering illustrator of fantasy, science fiction, and horror is possibly best known for his covers from the magazine Weird Tales. During his 70 year career, he worked as a staff illustrator for Brown and Bigelow for 40 years, won many awards, including the Stoker Award in 1994, and displayed his work at three world fantasy conventions. Jon passed away at his home in Anoka in 2015. His daughter will be speaking about Jon's career as well as exhibiting some of Jon's original paintings in the art show.

Some of his work can be seen at



Minicon needs YOU! If you're interested in helping out with the convention, please check out our where we'll need volunteers during the convention.

Baron Dave Memoral Gathering

Minicon will be holding a memorial gathering for Baron Dave Romm on Sunday after closing ceremonies.

Pre-registration Closed

Pre-registration for Minicon 53 is now closed. You will still be able to buy a membership at the door during the convention. Please see the registration page for membership rate details.


Minicon is changing hotels! We will be at the DoubleTree Park Place in Saint Louis Park, and reservations are now open! Please check our hotel page for more info.

Guests of Honor

We are proud to announce the Minicon 53 guests of honor, authors Rachel Swirsky and Lyda Morehouse, as well as our featured artist, the late Jon Arfstrom.

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