An Open Letter to Guests Who Cancel Appearances

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TO THE READERS: UTOPiA 2016 has had more than a handful of invited guests cancel their appearances at the con this year. Most within the past week or month. This letter is not necessarily directed at those people. Some of them had uncontrollable reasons to withdraw, and a few are even trying to pull off coming for at least a day. It is, however, to …

Win Dinner with #UTOPiA2016 Keynote Speakers Alessandra Torre and Alex Flinn

Utopia Announcements, Authors, Giveaway, Speakers, Sweepstakes

You’re planning out which panels to go to, which authors you want to sign books, dinners with friends old and new, what you’ll wear to the awards, and more. Just when you think #UTOPiA2016 can’t get any more fun, we throw one more reason your way to be there… Two Winners have the chance to enjoy a private dinner with keynote speakers and New …

It’s Time to VOTE in the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards

Utopia Announcements, For the fans, UTOPiA Awards

We are thrilled to open the two-week public voting period for the Fifth Annual UTOPiA Awards. Every year I get excited to see who the Academy will honor with nominations. I am always surprised, moved, and elated when I discover new talent, new books, rising stars, and those A-list rock stars who continue to raise the standards for all of us year after …

Foreword to a Revolution

Utopia Announcements, For the fans

Katie M. John, author and head of Little Bird Publishing House, sponsor of the #UTOPiA2016 Revolution Anthology, asked me to write a foreword for the book that includes eight fictional short stories that, at their cores, center around change, sacrifice, rebellion, and hope, in the many different forms those virtues can come in. How does one write a foreword to …

Time to Pick Your Team for the UTOPiA Awards Lip Sync Showdown 2016

Utopia Announcements, For the fans

Lip Sync. That time-honored tradition of moving your luscious lips silently in synchronization with a recorded song. It’s more popular than ever thanks to Jimmy Fallon, LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen. We’ve seen you post the battles. We know you secretly — and not so secretly — want to have your turn in the spotlight. Here’s your chance. The …

Winners Announced in #Revolutionary Anthology Contest

Utopia Announcements, Authors, Contest

UTOPiAcon and Little Bird Publishing House are thrilled to announce the eight winners in the short story contest. Chosen by public vote, these winners and their revolution-themed stories, will be included in an anthology that will be released in the Spring of 2016. Congratulations to the 8 winners, who are listed here. Below the list, you can read the first 1,000 words of their stories. Enjoy!   …

The Invitation

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The Invitation by Oriah has been a poem I refer back to year after year to make sure I’m standing in the center of the fire. I invite you to not shrink back from 2016, from the invitations and opportunities that surround you. Meet your heart’s longing this year. This is the only 2016 you will ever get. Make it …