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Guest Policy ( Guest Applications are Now Closed)

Author Guest of Honor (GoH) - Established author. Multiple award winner (Hugo, Saturn, Nebula, Phoenix, etc) or New York Times Best Seller. All GoHs are strictly selected by the committee.

Media Guest of Honor (GoH) - Actor/Actress or Director/Producer. Work in a multiple genre-related projects preferred. Projects should include major television or motion picture. Fan or independent productions do not apply. All GoHs are strictly selected by the committee.

Artist Guest of Honor (GoH)
- Professional Artist. Published work in established comics, books/book covers, trading cards, or other retail items. All GoHs are strictly selected by the committee.

Special Author Guest - Southern Writer, and/or Industry Professional, at least one genre-related novel or short story published by a major publishing house. All Special Guests are strictly selected by the committee.

Special Media Guest - Actors/Actresses, Producers, Directors. Must have participated in at least one genre-related television show or motion picture. All Special Guests are strictly selected by the committee.

Other Guest of Honor or Special Guests - The committee will consider other guests of honor and special guests in other areas of interest on a case by case basis. These can include Paranormal, Comics, Science and Music/Filk. In general, there must be a genre connection with any of these guests before consideration.

As a start up convention, we must unfortunately limit the amount of guests we can accept. We will try and accept a sampling from all the categories below. Some guests may be accepted as panelists instead. You do not need to be a guest or panelist to participate a panel or events.

Author Guests - Must have at least one novel/short story published by a major publishing house or be a regular writer/editor/publisher for a major magazine (major being defined as something someone purchases a subscription for or can buy at a bookseller) or a writer for major comic publisher (Dark Horse, DC, Marvel) or Gaming Company.

Self-Published Author Guests
- We accept these on a case by case basis, at the committee's discretion. You may qualify as a Panelist.

Independent Comics Artists , Webcomics Artists
- We accept these on a case by case basis, at the committee's discretion. You may qualify as a Panelist.

Science and Technology Guest- We accept these guest based on their expertise in the field of science and technology. It can be authors, specialists in paranormal sciences, NASA scientists, experts in Robotics and Computer Science. We accept these on a case by case basis.

Bloggers, Writers for Independent Webzines/Fanzines:
We accept Bloggers, Writers for independent webzines, fanzines as Press. They may apply for a Press Pass Under Press Pass -info@atomacon.org

Group Guests - Groups like production companies, bands, fan film groups, etc can apply as a group. However we only offer two free badges to a legitimate group. We can offer a group rate to the rest or they can apply as individual guests.

Performance Groups
- We accept a wide variety of performance groups including comedy groups, music groups, dance groups, and other performance groups, but it is required that they have some kind of direct genre connection (sci-fi, fantasy, or horror).

Costuming/Cosplay Guests- We welcome cosplayers of all types, however to be accepted as an actual guest, you must have some connection with the costuming industry. Working as a designer,costumer, makeup artist, special effects artist in a television show or movie would qualify.

Superfan- You have a large collection or are an expert in a certain genre. You may qualify as a panelist. Any paying member or volunteer can particpate or run a panel if they have an expertise in a certain subject.

As a Guest, you are at least entitled to:
Free entry into the con for yourself only. Companions may be offered a discounted membership.
Participation in at least 4 panels or events
Listing as a Guest on our Guest List

We may pay hotel,travel expenses, or appearance fees to our Guest of Honors only. Other guest expenses will be negociated on a case by case basis.

Panelist Policy

Instead of a guest, you can also apply to be a panelist. Being a Panelist commits you to fewer panels (2 or 3) than a guest is required to do. Applicants that are new or not as "established" in their field can qualify as a panelist instead of a guest. As a panelist you will get a discounted badge, which must be paid by the deadline in the agreement. Once accepted as a panelist and the fee is paid, the con will list the applicant in the Panelist List. These will be at the discretion of the con committee.
Some Guest applicants may be accepted as Panelists instead. This is left at the discretion of the committee, based on experience, past contributions to the con, how current your work is as well as amount of work.

As a Panelist, you are entitled to:
Discounted entry into the con (Panelist Fee)
Participation in 2 or 3 panels or events
Listing as a Panelist on our Guest List once the fee is paid.

Panelist Fee $10

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Press Policy

Members of the Press can qualify for up to two press passes if they belong to established television or print media.

Bloggers, Writers for Independent Webzines/Fanzines: We accept Bloggers, Writers for independent webzines, fanzines as Press. They may apply for a discounted press pass at info@atomacon.org

Please contact us first to make sure you qualify for a discounted pass.

Press Pass Fee $20
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CLICK HERE FOR GUEST APPLICATION

Table/ Companion Badges
Author Names
 

Our convention supports a no tolerance harassment policy both at the convention site and via any social networks, blogs or websites during the convention. Any violators will be removed from the convention area, any posts removed from online sources and they will be permanently banned from future conventions with no refund of any funds spent. ATOMACON reserves the right to deny membership to any individual who has practiced harassment or bullying either at other conventions or on social media sites.
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