Most of our panels and workshops come from ideas submitted by our membership. We encourage everyone to submit ideas. You do not have to moderate or be a part of the panel or workshop to submit an idea. Without your ideas for panels and workshops, ICON would be stale and boring. We are always looking to bring new things to ICON.

Programming suggestions for the upcoming convention are accepted between the beginning of January and the end of June each year.

ICON Programming Traditions


At ICON we host a fun, relaxed, casual Masquerade/Cosplay Show. We welcome all. Outfits must be “Street Legal” and we ask that you keep things PG-13 as there may be children either in the audience or on the stage.

How To Participate

  • Complete a Masquerade registration form. These will be available at the Registration Desk starting on Friday.
  • The Masquerade is usually early Saturday evening. Please check the Programming Guide for the exact date and time.
  • There will be an MC who will read information about your costume, including who you are portraying, who created the costume and who is presenting.
  • The MC can also read a short story to go with your presentation.
  • There MAY (no promises) be technology to play a CD with recorded music or presentation. Please keep these to no more than 90 seconds (less is better).

Bulwer-Lytton Contest

“It was a dark and stormy night…” — only the worst beginning of the classic novel opener written in 1809 by Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton. You have been challenged to come up with a worse one! The Bulwer-Lytton Contest is open all weekend. Submit your bad first line at the Registration desk.

Vogon Poetry Contest

According to Douglas Adams, the Vogons write the third worst poetry in the galaxy. Can you write the first? The Vogon Poetry Contest is open all weekend. Submit your bad poetry at the Registration desk.

The Chocolate Ceremony

Shrouded in secrecy and held late at night, the whole of ICON gathers to pay homage to the greatest gift the gods have ever given us.


photo by John Johnson