Odyssey Con Books Replacements Guests

With all three original Guests of Honor cancelling their appearances at Odyssey Con, the convention has announced a new slate of guests just over a week before the convention is scheduled to take place in Madison, Wisconsin. Michael Butts will appear as a Media Guest and Brent Chumley will appear as an Artist Guest.
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Mihm Not Attending Odyssey Con

Following the withdrawals of Monica Valentinelli and Tad Williams as Guests of Honor for Odyssey Con, Christopher R. Mihm has announced that he will not be attending the convention either. Mihm was the Media Guest of Honor for this year’s convention and his withdrawal leaves the con without any Guests of Honor two weeks before the convention. The decisions to leave stems from Valentinelli’s complaint that the con committee did not take her concerns about the presence of Jim Frenkel on the con com seriously. Frenkel was removed from the con com after Valentinelli announced her decision not to attend.
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Williams Drops Out of Odyssey Con

Following Monica Valentinelli’s announcement that she would not be attending Odyssey Con as a Guest of Honor, Tad Williams, who was also a Guest of Honor, has announced that he will not attend the convention, either. Williams cites Valentinelli’s complaints, as well as those of others who have reported harassment, and apologies to any members of the convention who are disappointed by his decision not to attend. Christopher R. Mihm is the remaining Guest of Honor for the con, which is scheduled to take place the weekend of April 28-30.

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Valentinelli Withdraws from Odyssey Con

Monica Valentinelli has announced that she is withdrawing as a Gaming/Literary Guest of Honor at Odyssey Con 17, scheduled to be held the weekend of April 28. Valentinelli explains that she came to her decision after the concom did not respond in an appropriate matter to a concern she had with a specific individual who is attending and working on the committee.
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OddCon Poetry/Flash Fiction Contest

Odyssey Con is sponsoring its fourth annual poetry/flash fiction contest. The contest has two categories: adult and youth. The adult category has a $10 entry fee and a prize of $500 to first place and an OddCon membership and books to top three finalists. The youth category has no entry fee a prize of $50 to first place and an OddCon membership and books to top three finalists. Entries should be 500 words or less of speculative (SF&F) fiction or prose poetry (paragraph form). This year’s contest is being judged by Marion Boyer. The deadline is January 15.

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