Creator’s Alley FAQ
Please read this FAQ if you are interested in participating in Creator’s Alley at DisCon III in Washington, DC, USA. You will be expected to abide by the information and rules presented here if you apply and are accepted into Creator’s Alley. You will be further required to be compliant with the DisCcon III Code Of Conduct as it pertains to online content and behavior. Please note that this FAQ is a living document and will be updated periodically to reflect new information and deadlines. Check here first!
What, where, and when is Worldcon?
The 2021 World Science Fiction Convention, DisCon III, is being held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC from December 15-19, 2021. In addition to hosting an in-person convention DisCon III is pleased to host a Creator’s Alley as part of the presentation of this convention.
What is a Creator’s Alley?
The DisCon III Creator’s Alley will consist of ½ table spaces (tables are 6’ x 2.5’ with 2 chairs) in a row of tables in the Dealers Room for those who wish to show off and sell their self-created wares. This includes authors, artists, and crafters. Any merchandise sold must be in line with the items allowed for sale in the DisCon III Dealers Room Please check that FAQ or email email@example.com if you have questions.
What does this cost?
Nothing. You MUST be an attending member of DisCon III in order to participate in Creator’s Alley.
Why should I want to be in Creator’s Alley as opposed to the Dealer Room or Art Show?
Creator’s Alley is provided as a place for those who wish to show off and/or sell their work directly to attendees without making a full convention commitment to doing so. This is a place where drawing sketches, taking commissions, talking to publishers and meeting fans are all encouraged!
What do I need to participate in the DisCcon III Creator’s Alley?
Besides an attending membership to DisCcon III everything a creator offers for sale in Creator’s Alley must be the work of the creator(s) at the table. No proxy sales are permitted.
When do applications close and when do acceptances go out?
We will accept applications until 12/05/21; however, we may run out of space before that time. If so, later applicants will be invited to join our wait list. Any cancellations will be filled from the waitlist in order and by type of merchandise. Acceptances will go as applications are approved (this includes photo submissions).
What are the times that Creator’s Alley is ongoing during the convention?
12/15/21 Wednesday – Open 12 Noon – 6 PM,
12/16/21 Thursday – Open 10 AM – 6 PM,
12/17/21 Friday – Open 10 AM – 6 PM
12/18/21 Saturday – Open 10 AM – 6 PM
12/19/21 Sunday – Open 10 AM – 2 PM
How much time can I have in Creator’s Alley?
DisCon III is limiting Creator’s Alley time to THREE (2) two hour time blocks during the convention (10 am – 6 pm starting at 10 am, noon, 2 pm and 4 pm). They may be contiguous. The application will direct prospective participants as to how to sign up for spaces. There are limited spaces available. Friday and Saturday will fill up quickly. You will be notified if your chosen times are not available and encouraged to select others.
How may I display my work in Creator’s Alley?
Creator’s Alley is not intended to replace a Dealer space or Art Show space and accordingly your items must use your table space ONLY. While you may go vertical your display may not be over 7’ tall and must not inconvenience your neighbors. No secure storage space is provided and you must remove all your items when your time is up. Anything left after your time is up will be considered abandoned.
What does the District Of Columbia and the city of Washington require from me to be in Creator’s Alley at DisCon III?
While there isn’t a requirement to have a DC business license the expectation of the convention is that those utilizing this space will be compliant with DC’s requirement to collect and remit sales tax. Please visit the Dealer Room FAQ for more information.
Is electricity or wifi provided as part of Creator’s Alley?
No and Yes. While there may be electricity available on an ad-hoc basis currently there are no provisions for providing it for sale. The Exhibit Hall has free wifi suitable for running credit card transactions and not enough bandwidth for streaming.
If you would like to participate in Creator’s Alley sign up here.