Arisia '16
Progress Report #4
November 2015



Arisia '16 is coming soon, and we're looking forward to showing you the awesomeness we've been putting together ... now with 32% more whimsy!  We'll be at the Westin Boston Waterfront from Friday January 15 through Monday January 18, and we hope you will too!

Hotel and Party Requests

People who would like to host a party have until December 5th to fill out the Party Host Request Form . Prospective party hosts should already have a reservation at the Westin or should be on the Waitlist.
The deadline for requesting accessible rooms, cots, cribs, or connecting rooms is also December 5th. The deadline for requesting to be in the family block, in a low/shabbat floor, or any other locations requests or reservation modifications is December 9th. Any special requests must be made by filling out the Special Request Form.

Registration News

Arisia will be adopting a new and improved registration system at con in January. To prepare, we'll be closing online registration on December 31. MEMBERSHIPS WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR! We just need to close up shop for a few weeks to make sure the new system is working as it should.

Registration is also MOVING! Starting at Arisia 2016, Registration will be located on the Concourse (take the escalator or elevator next to Sauciety down to the hallway approaching the Grand Ballrooms). There will be plenty of signs pointing the way.

Live Action Roleplaying

Arisia 2016 has a wide selection of live-action roleplaying games, from fantasy to science fiction to steampunk adventure! All of this year's games welcome new and interested players, although some are part of a greater story that you can learn about through play.  Signups are now open!  Read about this year's games and sign up here:

Flu Vaccine

Arisia happens at the height of the flu season, and the CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for most people over six months of age.  It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so people who get theirs before the new year will be protected in time for con.

Also, please remember your ordinary precautions to protect your fellow attendees -- hand-washing, sneeze-covering, staying home if you're ill and potentially contagious.  

Be well, and see you soon!

Student Writing Contest

The Arisia Student Writing Contest is accepting original works of short fiction. 

  • Entries are FREE. Writers retain ALL rights to their works --we only wish to encourage, celebrate, and recognize the talented young writers throughout the Northeast. 
  • All entries must be original works of fiction by students or young adults currently enrolled in high school or equivalent, between 13 and 18 years of age. No college students, please.

  • Short stories must be 1000 to 3000 words long.

  • Our theme this year is “exploration.” Writers may feel free to draw inspiration from any sci-fi or fantasy theme(s) they wish. Please, no fan fiction!

  • Entries must meet the submission format guidelines below:


  1. Double-spaced, 12 point font

  2. In the upper left corner, type your real name, your email address or a teacher’s email address, your school and teacher's name, and an approximate word count.

  3. Submissions should be made in doc, odf, or pdf formats.

  4. Entries should be submitted via email to with the subject line: ENTRY FOR STUDENT WRITING CONTEST. For more information, please e-mail us at

  5. Deadline for submission: December 1, 2015


Winners will be contacted via email on or before January 1, 2016.

Prizes will be awarded to exceptional stories, including cash prizes that total $800, and free memberships to attend Arisia 2016. The school attended by our first-prize winner will receive a matching prize! Prizes will be awarded at our annual Arisia convention on Sunday evening, January 18th, 2016, during the Arisia Masquerade. Past winners can be found on Arisia’s corporate website:

Student Art Contest

Free entry for all secondary school students (including home-schooled)
●  Theme: General Science Fiction or Fantasy
●  Deadline: Entry must be received through the submission form by Friday, December 4, 2015.

●  Categories for submission include: Drawings, Paintings, Three-Dimensional Art, Digital Art (either digital originals or digital art based on other images or media), and Mixed Media.

●  Entry Format: Digital photographs of the entry. One image per 2-D work, two pictures or photographs for each 3-D work. Limit six works per artist. Images may be any standard format.

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