What is Worldcon?

Worldcon, or the World Science Fiction Convention, is the annual gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans, writers, artists, musicians and other creators from across the globe. First held in New York City in 1939, Worldcon moves around the globe, held in a different city and organized by a different volunteer organization each year.

Worldcon originally focused on and still has a strong emphasis on science fiction and fantasy literature, but has grown to include genre television, movies, animation, games and other popular media as well. It has truly become the world’s fair of science fiction and fantasy fandom. No other event brings together fans and creators, regardless of genre or medium, under one big tent with the face-to-face intimacy of Worldcon.

About DisCon III

DisCon III is the 79th Worldcon, and the third to be held in Washington, DC. Previous DC-based Worldcons were held in 1963 (DisCon I) and 1974 (DisCon II). DisCon III will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel from December 15-19, 2021.

DisCon III is sponsored by the Baltimore-Washington Area Worldcon Association, Inc. (BWAWA, Inc.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Maryland.


Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct is a living document that will be developed over time. If you are joining or planning to attend the convention in any capacity, please take the time to read the latest version.

Accessibility Policy

The DisCon III chairs and committee are dedicated to a fully accessible Worldcon. This includes ensuring that all convention spaces, programming, events, and exhibits are accessible to all members, that services are available to all who request them, and proof of need is not required. Our venue is fully accessible and we will work to ensure that members are informed of accessible paths to all convention areas and of all other services the convention provides for those with access needs.

To that end, we will be creating and regularly updating our Accessibility Services page, which will provide all information on the accessibility of our venue, services the convention will provide and how to make use of them.

If you have access needs, questions about the venue or accessibility services, or have suggestions for ensuring access, please contact access@discon3.org.

About our volunteers

Our volunteers and staff are committed to making DisCon III a fantastic WorldCon. DisCon III is 100% volunteer-run by fans for fans. We have no employees and no one is paid for the volunteer work that we do. Any volunteer who also wishes to attend DisCon III must also purchase an attending membership. Find out more about volunteering with us.

Contact Us

If you would like to volunteer, need more information, or just want to get in touch about something specific, you can email us at info@discon3.org or if you need to send us something physically through the postal service:

DisCon III
PO Box 314
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701


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