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What is a Smofcon?

Smofcon is an annual conference for convention planners. At Smofcon, we gather discuss many aspects of convention planning, at both the local level and at the Worldcon and other large conference level. We look for old friends, make new ones, attend panels on a variety of subjects about convention running, and express our views on best ways to do something. We often get recruited to work on other conventions — or recruit others to come work on our next convention.

Okay, we do a lot of talking with each other — we refer to it as "smoffing." And smoffing requires good food and drink to keep us going!

Smofcon 2022
Dec 2-4, 2022
Montreal, QC

CanSMOF offers scholarships to the 2022 Smofcon!

CanSmof Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of up to two scholarships for convention runners to be used towards the cost of attending SMOFCon 38, to be held in Montréal, Canada, December 2-4, 2022. SMOFCon is the annual convention about organizing Science Fiction conventions.

The first Scholarship, of up to 500 CAD is open to a Canadian citizen or resident living outside of Quebec or Southern Ontario involved in running conventions with a preference for those who have not previously attended a SMOFCon.

The second scholarship of up to 1000 CAD is open to anyone involved in running conventions with a preference for those who have not previously attended a SMOFCon.

All scholarships come with an attending membership to SMOFCon 38, graciously donated by Smofcon 38.

Applicants will automatically be considered for any and all scholarships for which they are eligible. Preference will be given to fans who have not previously attended a SMOFCon, but this is not necessary to be an applicant. The submission deadline is October 5th, 2022, 23:59 SST (UTC-11). We reserve the right to not award any or all scholarships. Any questions should be directed to smofcon.scholarship@gmail.com.

To apply for a scholarship, simply follow this link: https://forms.gle/bCQhStypCYovWfG38.

More information on SMOFCon 38 may be found at: www.smofcon38.ca.

More information about Cansmof may be found at: www.cansmof.ca.

What Is a Smof?

The word "smof" was invented by writer and fan Jack Chalker for "Secret Master of Fandom," fannish slang for convention planner. A convention doesn't just spring up and succeed without a lot of preparation, talent and commitment. Regrettably, the knowledge that is gathered while running a convention is not always passed around to others, and as the saying goes "those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it."

Smofs are the people behind the scenes at science fiction conventions. We are those faceless and sometimes nameless individuals, who have spent months, sometimes years, preparing for your arrival. We are the people who are behind the Registration desk handing you your membership badge, or take care of the guests, or are busy keeping the Anime festivals running on time, or organize the Masquerade show, or gather, edit and print the newsletters, or deal with the hotel on contract issues, or otherwise take care of the hundreds of other details that it takes to make a convention run.