Ch1Con 2020 Keynote Announcement: Ravynn K. Stringfield!

Hey all! We are so excited to finally announce our keynote speaker for 2020, Ravynn K. Stringfield! She’s a super awesome author who’ll be presenting the keynote address “To Write Yourself Free: Meditations on Failing, Flying and Futures”.

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Ravynn K. Stringfield is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies and Africana Studies graduate affiliate at William & Mary. Her dissertation project focuses on Black women and girls as creators and protagonists of new media narratives that are futuristic, fantastic, and/or digital in nature. Her writing practice also includes blogging, crafting essays and drafting novels and short stories. You can find her written work across the Internet, though most notably on her weekly blog, Black Girl Does Grad Schooland her freelance work has appeared in ZORA, Shondaland, Greatist, Catapult and more. Her fiction is represented by Leah Pierre of Ladderbird Agency. When she’s not writing, she can be found posted up in local coffee shops, trying out new beginner asanas in a yoga studio or telling her dog, Genghis, all about her Lois Lane obsession.

If you’re excited to hear Ravynn speak, or to hear any of our other speakers, or just hang out with fellow young writers at our 100% online conference, there’s still tons of time to register! Click the “Register” link above to secure your place at our conference this Saturday!


Poetry and Short Fiction Contest Results

Hello! We finally have the results for the 2017 Ch1Con poetry and short fiction contest, and here they are:



First place: “A Message in a Bottle” by Zoe Noble

Second place: “Heroes” by Alicia Barr

Third place: “What the Sirens Say” by Annie Louise Twitchell

Honorable mentions: “Telling Them” by Alicia Barr and “Ache” by Annie Louise Twitchell



First place: “The Art of Acceptance” by Rona Wang

Second place: “Collywobbles” by Haley Crosby

Third place: “Lost and Found” by Zoe Noble

Honorable mentions: “Come Home” by Alicia Barr and “Romana” by Cameron Vanderwerf


We are so thrilled about all the entries we received for the contest and encourage everyone who entered to keep submitting work for future contests. And congratulations to all the winners and honorable mentions, who will all be published in an e-book anthology that will be available in mid-July. The first through third place winners will also be receiving discounted admission to the conference.

Thank you again to everyone who entered, and congratulations to the young writers whose work will be published in our anthology!



Announcing the Poetry and Short Fiction Contest

Hello Ch1Con people! We’re thrilled to announce a new event opening up this year, the Ch1Con Poetry and Short Fiction Contest!

Submissions open up tonight for this exciting contest, and close on May 15. By early June, we hope to announce the first, second, and third place winners, as well as a number of honorable mentions, all of whom will be published in an e-book anthology coming out in July. Additionally, the first place winners will receive discounted admission to the conference in Chicago!

This is a chance for publication and to submit your best works of poetry and short fiction. Judged by members of the Ch1Con team, your work is guaranteed to be looked over with a careful eye. You can submit up to three stories and three poems (though you can’t win more than one top three spot). Short stories should be from 1,000 to 5,000 words, and poems should be no longer than one page in standard formatting.

We’re seriously excited to see all your submissions, and the submission page will be up soon! Check our social media and website for upcoming announcements about this contest.