Illinois Science Fiction in Chicago (ISFiC)
ISFiC, Inc. is a Not-for-profit corporation domiciled in the State of Illinois, incorporated on May 17, 1974. ISFiC’s mission is to promote Science Fiction Fandom and Literacy in Chicago and the Midwest. Our ventures include the following:
An annual weekend-long Science Fiction/Fantasy con held at a major Chicago-area hotel around Veterans’ Day. A fannish tradition since 1974.
An annual one-day relaxacon held in the springtime at a location suitable for picnicking. A slightly newer tradition, dating to 1986.
Our annual competition for unpublished writers of science fiction and fantasy. The award is presented at Windycon, and the winning story is printed in the Windycon program book. And the prizes are real.
You can find the contest rules and a list of winners here.
ISFiC Press published works of that year's Windycon Guests of Honor from 2004 through 2016. While ISFiC Press is currently no longer publishing new works, previously released works remain available.
Like many events in 2020, that year's in-person Windycon was cancelled. Since we love our fannish gathering, we instead hosted a virtual event using Discord and Zoom over the weekend of November 13th, 2020.