Chessiecon 2022
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  • Submissions are open for the coveted Turkey Award. Deadline is Nov. 24.
  • Please read the COVID safety policy and convention code of conduct
  • We are so excited that the Blibbering Humdingers will be the Music Guest of Honor.
  • Reserve a room in the Hunt Valley hotel. The convention rate is $121/night (plus taxes).
  • Registration is open. Visit the Registration page.
  • We are planning for 2022 to be in person. [crosses fingers] Contract with the Hunt Valley hotel has been signed.
  • As always, we need volunteers to run the con. If you can help, please send an email to or message the con chair on Discord.
  • Do you have a Discord account? Join our parent organization, TSFS, where you can keep up with Chessiecon planning, keep up with friends, ask questions, and get announcements straight from the staff! Join the TSFS Discord server here!


Register for 2022

Through Oct 31After Oct 31 and At Door
Young Adult
Children under 12 are always free.

Contact Us

TSFS, Inc.
PO Box 83032
Gaithersburg, MD 20883-3032

Guest of Honor

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Award-winning author, editor, and publisher Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. In 2014 she joined forces with husband Mike McPhail and friend Greg Schauer to form her own publishing house, eSpec Books (

Music Guest of Honor

Blibbering Humdingers singing

The Blibbering Humdingers draw inspiration from the Harry Potter series, Dr Who, the SCA, medieval fantasy, science fiction and all kinds of delightfully, geeky fandomness. Scott and Kirsten Vaughan began performing together in 1992 in the SCA, where they are known as Efenwealt Wystle and Maîtresse Aénor d'Anjou. With the release of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows in 2007, they decided to form their own wizard rock act. From there they've branched into all kinds of nerd rock, filk, folk and fun.

A small con with a 45-year tradition

Chessiecon is a science fiction and fantasy convention put on by the Thanksgiving Science Fiction Society to continue in the tradition of DarkoverCon. The con emphasizes the work of women creators of science fiction and fantasy in literature and art. Chessiecon has over 200 hours of programming including writing, music, gaming, art, and science. Come and browse the dealer room featuring an eclectic mix of handmade items, books, games, and more. Join in the traditional Turkey Awards and the Midnight Hallelujah Chorus.

The convention is run entirely by volunteers. See the Volunteers page if you want to help.