Readings

  • contact:  readings@wiscon.net
  • Deadline for proposals:  March 4

WisCon attracts many talented writers and poets. Regular readings are organized into 75-minute sessions of four or five readers. Open poetry readings and rapid-fire sessions may have as many readers as you like.

To give a reading at WisCon, you must propose your reading by logging on to Your Wiscon Account (left sidebar at the Wiscon46 home page). If you don’t have an account, click on  “New user or forgot your password” and follow the instructions. 1. On the front page, once you’re logged in, under “Do you want to be a panelist and/or moderator?” select “Yes” and click Update.  2. Select Submit a Session in the top menu. 3. On the Submit a Session page, in the first dropdown (Please select a division), choose “Readings.” Note: If the session is for multiple readers, all of their names should be included in the submission. Each reader needs to create an account at program.wiscon.net so they can be included in the program, but only one reader should submit the reading. If the reading should be scheduled online (as opposed to in-person), make sure to mention that under “Additional Equipment Needed / Alternative Format.”

If you have any questions,  contact readings@wiscon.net. We very much prefer people to organize themselves into groups; we will group individual readers who sign up based on availability. Solo readers, please expect a time slot of 10-12 minutes.

Midnight readings sessions are available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night for any groups who would like to tell bedtime stories, ghost stories, erotica, or any other midnight-appropriate material.

With exception of the current Guests of Honor, the rule is ONE READING PER AUTHOR. Due to the sheer number of participating authors, we will be counting rapid-fire readings and poetry readings as “full-length” readings. The only exception to this rule is open mic readings.

Reading locations include the Concourse and local coffee shops. Michelangelo’s Coffee Shop has been especially gracious about letting us schedule readings in their back room.

Because the coffee shop presents accessibility issues for some readers, we may need to reserve the Concourse room for groups who require it. If your group does not require accommodation, please consider reading at the coffee shop. It’s a cool venue, and it has easy access to caffeine and snacks.

In many years we have more people who want to read than we have space for. We therefore give priority to authors and groups who have a new or upcoming publication that they’re promoting. We also try to prioritize well-organized groups of authors.