Welcome to Virtual Chessiecon 2021


Panels, readings and concerts will be Zoom sessions. See the Program Schedule to register to attend.

Final program schedule


Con Suite, Fan Tables, Vendors, Gaming, and more will happen on Discord.

Join the Chessiecon Discord server


Enjoying the convention? Want to make sure Chessiecon survives until next year?
Please donate what you can through PayPal to payments@chessiecon.org



  • Join our Discord server here! (Updated link.) Once you're agreed to our Code of Conduct the rest of the server will open! Remember to be excellent to each other. If you are a Program Participant or Vendor, introduce yourself in the 'special role needed' channel and our OPS staff will give you access.
  • Final program schedule with Zoom links is up!
  • Chessiecon 2021 is on!
    However, we are moving to an online format, to be held on Zoom and on Discord, similar to Chessiecon 2020. Danielle Ackley-McPhail is still our Guest of Honor, and best of all, has accepted a re-invite for Chessiecon 2022.
  • The parent corporation, TSFS, has decided that we will not be charging a membership fee for this year's online convention. If you have already registered, our Head of Registrations, Evan, will be contacting you shortly regarding your options.
  • We are still working out other details, so watch this space and our Facebook group for further developments.
  • And speaking of Chessiecon, and of Chessie herself, she is the feature of one of eSpec Books' latest offerings. Chessie At Bay is available for pre-order.
  • In place of the Time Traveler's Social, Chessiecon will present a Costume Showcase. Sent your video or photos by November 19. See the details on the Costume Showcase page.
  • Email programming if you have program ideas or want to be on a panel.
  • As always, we need volunteers to run the con. If you can help, please send an email to info@chessiecon.org or message the con chair on Discord. In particular, we are looking for people with a working knowledge of Zoom to host Zoom panels.
  • 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 us here!

Chessiecon - 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.

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 (www.especbooks.com).

Read more about our Guest of Honor here.

Contact Us

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