• Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chessiecon 2020 will be online only. The Lord Baltimore Hotel has been postponing room reservations to November 2021. Virtual Chessiecon 2020 is free with a pre-registration to 2021, or $10 if you want to attend only in 2020.
  • Chessiecon wouldn't be the convention it is without the help of our wonderful attendees. If you would like to further support the convention, please consider donating to our paypal account at!
  • Chessiecon wouldn't be Chessiecon without the Turkey Awards! Like the rest of the convention, the Turkey Awards have gone online. Be sure to submit your best worst opening paragraph to the worst sf/f story never written. Submissions should be e-mailed to: Rules can be viewed here.
  • If you have registered for virtual Chessiecon 2020, you will receive an email with the invite code to the convention discord server, zoom channels, etc. on the day of the convention.


Register for 2021

12/31/205/1510/31At Door
Young Adult
Children under 12 are always free.

To register *only* for the online Chessiecon 2020, please send a check to the above address, or use PayPal (payments at chessiecon dot org), with a note (very important!) listing the name of the person(s) registering, and also let us know if you want to be a vendor. Again, registration is $10/person, regardless of age or vendor status. If registering for 2021, you do not need to register separately for 2020.

Contact Us

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

Charlie Jane Anders: Guest of Honor

Charlie Jane Anders' next novel is The City in the Middle of the Night, which comes out in January 2019. She's also the author of All the Birds in the Sky, which won the Nebula, Crawford and Locus awards, and Choir Boy, which won a Lambda Literary Award. She's also written a novella called Rock Manning Goes For Broke and a short story collection called Six Months, Three Days, Five Others. And she's currently hard at work on an untitled young-adult trilogy. Her short fiction has appeared in, Boston Review, Tin House, Conjunctions, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Wired Magazine, Slate, Asimov's Science Fiction, Lightspeed, ZYZZYVA, Catamaran Literary Review, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and tons of anthologies. And her journalism and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones, and elsewhere. Her story "Six Months, Three Days" won a Hugo Award, and her story "Don't Press Charges And I Won't Sue" won the Theodore Sturgeon Award for best short story. With Annalee Newitz, she co-founded, a site about science fiction, science and futurism. She also organizes the monthly Writers With Drinks reading series, and previously organized the notorious Ballerina Pie Fight.

Tom Smith: Music Guest of Honor

Tom Smith has been a Chessiecon Music GOH and special guest before. You probably know who he is.
But in case you don't...
The only recording artist to appear on both NPR's Sound and Spirit and The Dr. Demento Show, Tom Smith combines high-energy folk rock, SF/fantasy, popular culture, progressive politics, cartoon voices, unbelievably bad puns, and the occasional recipe into a show you will never forget.