First, we want to thank all of you for your patience while we dealt with this very difficult situation regarding our venue and dates. We are happy to say we have navigated our way through the situation, and we are excited to announce we will be taking place as an in-person convention from December 15-19, 2021, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.
This marks the first time since 1948 (Torcon I) that a Worldcon will not be taking place in either August or September, and the first time Worldcon will be held in December. We chose these dates after nearly two-thirds of respondents to a public survey put out by DisCon III said they would prefer an in-person December convention over a virtual convention in August. The survey’s full results will be found on our website on our news post regarding our new dates and hotel.“It has been a long and dark year; hopefully, with this news, we can have a December to remember,” our chair Bill Lawhorn recently said. “This team has been working hard through some significant challenges but has continued to push forward even as challenges mounted. Getting past our major roadblock is just the thing we need. I need to thank everyone for their support and understanding.”
The Omni Shoreham Hotel, located across the street from DisCon III’s previous hotel, features 834 guest rooms and over 100,000 square feet (9290.3 square meters) of meeting space. We expect to open up the sleeping room block for reservations very soon.
Additionally, we will be providing a Virtual Membership for those who wish to participate in Worldcon but will not be able to travel to Washington, DC, this December. The Virtual Membership price will start at US$75 and will be available for purchase shortly. DisCon III Supporting Members will be allowed to upgrade their membership for the price difference. Attending Members who cannot physically attend will be allowed to convert their membership to a Supporting Membership until April 30, and a Virtual Membership starting May 1, and either receive the difference as a refund or contribute the difference to the Capitalize! Fan Fund.
Regarding the Hugo Awards, science fiction’s most prestigious awards, the change in our dates will mean a shift to the Hugo voting timeline. More information will be forthcoming on April 13, 2021, when we release the Hugo finalists.
Finally, as Worldcon site selection filing has already closed, we will not reopen and shift the 2023 Worldcon filing deadline.