Support Your Local Literary Convention 2020 Style by Joan Wendland

by | Dec 22, 2020 | Author | 0 comments

As the Covid-19 pandemic became undeniable in March, literary conventions canceled like dominos. One of the first to bite that bullet was a science fiction convention in Williamsburg Virginia called Ravencon. They canceled only three weeks before the convention was to take place. That meant that all the planning, prepping, and purchasing of supplies for their 2020 event left them in a precarious financial position. This charming fan-run convention needed a way forward, and their founder and convention chair Mike Pederson came up with an idea that would be good for everyone.

Over the years Ravencon gave authors a platform for publicizing their work, and Mike had no doubt that those same authors would be happy to do the convention a favor in turn. Former guests of Ravencon were requested to write short stories for a fundraising anthology. Because the raven is the mascot of the convention, they were requested to write stories that featured either a raven, or another bird from the raven’s biological family – coincidentally (?) called corvids. Yes, covid-19 handed Ravencon lemons, and Ravencon responded by making 19 stories about corvids. The anthology, logically named “Corvid-19”, is on Kickstarter right now.

Conventions are a way to meet with your friends, to make new friends and new connections. To boldly go where you haven’t been before, and to come together as a family. Ravencon wants to continue providing a home for fans of science fiction books and culture – and you can help make that happen by visiting their Kickstarter project:

If you don’t want the book, there are also musical rewards, tuckerizations, and even professional editing and reviewing options. But you’re going to want the book – trust me on that! Why just look at the enticing table of contents…

  •  “Windows to the Soul” by Danielle Ackley-McPhail
  • “Raven’s Sacrifice” by Heather Ewings
  • “The Cruelest Team Will Win” by Mike Allen
  • “Jenny” by Debbie Manber Kupfer
  • “Daughter of the Birds” by Maya Preisler
  • “Kvetina and the Crows” by Rhys Schrock
  • Corvus Monitus” by Cass Morris
  • “If the Moon is Real” by Samantha Bryant
  • “Life in a Moment” by James Maxey
  • “Crows’ Feet” by Diana Bastine
  • “A Warning of Crows” by Jennifer R. Povey
  • “Wet Birds” by Elizabeth Massie
  • “Heart Truth” by Jenna Hamrick
  • “Table for One” by Joan Wendland
  • “Dominion” by Margaret Karmazin
  • “The Gore-Crow” by Meryl Yourish
  • “The Song of the Raven” by Toi Thomas
  • “Fledging” by Kathryn Sullivan
  • “Feather Fall” by Kara Dennison

Corvid-19 is available in ebook or paperback format, and if their stretch goal is reached Ravencon will release 19 more stories! You can be entertained and help ensure the future of this plucky little convention. That’s a win-win for you, and a huge sigh of relief for Ravencon and the authors who rely on it. What could be better? Okay, a week in Hawaii would be better, but Corvid-19 is a close second, right?


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