Minicon 53

March 30th - April 1st, Easter weekend, 2018

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.

Attendees of Minicon 52

If you attended Minicon 52 and would like to supply some feedback and help make Minicon 53 better, please fill out this survey. We appreciate your participation.


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.

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.

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


We are currently working out our contract with the hotel. We will post more information here as soon as we have it available. Please check back soon!


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Register Online

You can preregister for Minicon 53 until March 9th, 2018 or register at the door. Preregistering is cheaper! You also will get a nice preprinted badge. We like it because it helps us plan for space, food and other budgetary matters. If you prefer to pay by check, you can print out a copy of the pre-registration PDF and mail it in.

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Registration Pricing


Adult Attending Membership
  • $40 until 17 April 2017
  • $45 until 9 March 2018
  • ($70 at the door)
Adult Attending Membership (Hardship Rate)
  • $35 until 9 March 2018
Student Attending Membership (13–20)
  • $15 until 17 April 2017
  • $20 until 9 March 2018
  • ($25 at the door)
Kid Attending Membership (6–12)
  • $10 until 9 March 2018
  • ($15 at the door)
Children (0–5)
  • Free (online $0.01 for technical reasons)
  • Registration optional, but gets your child a spiffy badge
Supporting Membership
  • $15
  • Upgradable to full membership at the door for an additional $40


Full adult membership
  • All weekend: $70
  • Friday-only: $30
  • Starting Saturday: $50
  • Sunday-only: $20
Discounted rates
  • Full student membership (13–20): $25
  • Full kid membership (6–12): $15
  • Full child membership (0–5): Free
  • Convert from supporting: Additional $40

Registration FAQ

What are the fees that you're charging?

Since with Minicon 51, we add the Paypal transaction fees to the total amount we're charging. This will save the convention hundreds of dollars in fees. You still have the option of mailing in your registration with a check to avoid these fees.

I'm a student, age 21 or older, do I get the student rate?

Sorry, I'm afraid we're just using "student" to mean an age range. (We considered calling it "youth", but didn't like that either.) Even if you are in school full-time, if you are 21 or over, you fall into our "adult" category.

What exactly do the age ranges mean?

They refer to how old you will be at the con. If your 6th/13th/21st birthday is during the con, you can take the lower rate. (For checking if you can drink, we will refer to your state-issued ID and not your membership type.)

Are memberships refundable?

Sorry, no. But see the next question.

Are memberships transferable?

Yes! You can change the name on a membership by e-mailing or when you arrive at the convention. There's no fee for transfers. So feel free to buy several even if you don't know which of your friends you're going to sell/give them to.

In order to get the right name on your badge, please send changes by the last pre-registration deadline (March 9, 2018). Don't e-mail registration in the week leading up to the convention; we will probably be too busy to respond. If you suddenly can't make it and need to transfer your membership at the last minute, please call the hotel during the convention (meaning, in this case, Friday-Sunday) and ask to speak to Minicon registration or a Minicon chairperson.

What is the hardship rate?

We'd like for everyone to be able to attend Minicon, but we know that money can be tight some times. If you feel you need it, you can choose to pay the hardship rate of $35 instead of the full attending rate of $45. Your membership will be the same as a full price attending membership, it just costs a bit less.

What's a supporting membership, exactly?

Supporting memberships are inexpensive memberships that do not confer the right to attend the convention. They play three roles:

  1. They are a way of contributing a bit of cash to the convention because you like us and would like to see us succeed (thanks!). We will thank you by listing you on our members page (unless you ask us not to, of course).
  2. They are a way of hedging your bets if you're not sure whether you (or a friend) can make it. Supporting memberships can be converted to full attending memberships for an additional cost such that the total that you pay is greater than any full pre-reg rate, but less than the at-the-door rate.
  3. They keep you active on our mailing list. If you can't make it to Minicon for several years running but want to make sure you keep getting our progress reports, this is one way to accomplish that.
I have a supporting membership and want to upgrade it to something other than a full adult membership, eh?

Although we don't detail these cases in the table above — since they are generally relevant to fewer than one person each year — we'll handle it in a reasonable way, don't worry. E-mail us if you are concerned.

What restrictions are there on badge names?

Please limit badge names to characters that can reasonably be expected to print correctly from a modern American computer with nothing special installed on it. This means that all ASCII characters are ok, things like Greek letters and mundane mathematical symbols are probably ok, arbitrary selections of Unicode are probably not, and Klingon is right out. (You can always leave it blank on your form and write on your badge with a marker!)

Obviously we reserve the right to not print anything we think is going to offend a large number of people, but we don't really expect this to come up.

Do I have to give you all that personal information (e-mail address, phone number, etc.)?

No, not really. We like to be able to contact you in case there is a question about your registration and so that we can send you convention progress reports and so forth. So it would be nice if you gave us either a postal or e-mail address. (Just a phone number will work for questions about your registration, but not progress reports.) However, all that we absolutely require for you to register is some sort of way of telling who you are when you show up to claim your badge. So if you give us no contact information, you at least need to give a name/badge name combination that is definitely unique. Blank registrations under "Mike Larson" are a bit risky, but blank registrations under "Mike Larson", badge name "Bleeknob the Undestroyable" are fairly safe.

Contact Us


Chairs - Emily Stewart & Kevin Austin
Registration - Clay Harris
Webmaster - Joe Pregracke

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Minicon 53
Lake Street Station
PO Box 8297
Minneapolis, MN 55408-0297

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