Activities & Events

Art Show


The Orycon Art Show is open to both amateur and professional artists who specialize in science fiction, fantasy and fannish themes. Our artists represent a dynamic voice within in the fan community. Submission guidelines and the fee schedule can be found in the Art Show Rules. Art Show registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your space please submit a completed Registration form, a signed Release and Waiver form, and a check for fees. We look forward to seeing your work!

Artist Critiques


We have some fantastic pros volunteering for these sessions, so don’t miss out! The number of sessions we will have will be limited by the pros’ time and room availability. There will be sign up sheets at the art show, but if all the available slots fill up before the convention, we will not be able to set up more sessions.



The dance is Friday from 9pm-3am, but really, it will start as soon as the room can be turned around. Stop by a little earlier if your dancing feet can’t wait and you might be pleasantly surprised.


Contestant Registration for OryCon 34 Masquerade

The Greater Portland Area Costumer’s Guild (GPACG) will again present the Masquerade on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Join us onstage or in the audience at 8:00pm, doors will open approximately between 7:00pm and 7:30pm for general seating.

Contestants will be showing off their costumes, and competing for handmade cloaks, memberships to OryCon 35, gifts cards to fabric stores—worth $25, $50, and $75. In addition, other prizes that are more wonderful. During the masquerade, you will have an opportunity to be photographed as well.

Prizes are givin for youth, adolescent, adult, and group contestants. If your group wins, it will up to the group and leader to determine how the prizes will be divided amongst your group.

To save time you can print this out beforehand and bring it in to the masquerade registration for the masquerade between noon on Friday, November 2, 2012 and 5:00pm on Saturday nite, November 3, 2012.

Please drop off completed form at the GPACG fan table before 5:00 pm, Saturday, November 3, 2012.

If you have submitted a form, show up at Masquerade Audience location by 7:30 pm Saturday, November 3, 2012.

Masked Ball starts at 8:00

Otherwise, please plan to complete, or bring a completed form to the Masked Ball participant call between 7:00 and 7:30 pm Saturday, November 3, 2012 to receive your number for stage appearance.

Please find below the links to both the individual and group registration forms for this years’ Masquerade.

*Individual Registration Form:

*Group Registration Form:

*Rules of Conduct

*Judging Costumes

Writers Workshop


The Manuscript Submission Windows is between May 25th 2012 and August 24th 2012.

Submit your best work to the workshop just as you would submit your best work to an editor. Often a piece has problems that the author doesn’t know how to fix, and this is a good venue to explore solutions to those problems.

On the other hand this is not a good venue in which to present problems that you already know are there, know how to fix and haven’t gotten around to eliminating. Critique time is precious and goes by very quickly. It’s best spent on problems that are unknown or difficult for you to solve rather than the problems you already know how to take care of.

Open Read & Critique


An Open Read & Critique (ORC) is an opportunity to read the opening portion of your short story or novel aloud to your peers. They will then critique your work Clarion-style, in round-table marathon sessions, focusing on your first 750 words. Our theme is “How to Hook a Reader.”