WisCon is the first and foremost feminist science fiction convention in the world. WisCon encourages discussion, debate and extrapolation of ideas relating to feminism, gender, race and class. WisCon honors writers, editors and artists whose work explores these themes and whose voices have opened new dimensions and territory in these issues. And, oh yes, we also like to have fun while we're at it!
WisCon 32 will take place May 23-28, 2008. The guests of honor are Maureen McHugh and L. Timmel DuChamp. It is held annually over the Memorial Day weekend in Madison, Wisconsin at the Concourse Hotel.
WisCon is closely affiliated with the James Tiptree Jr. Award. The Tiptree Award was announced at WisCon 15 by Pat Murphy in 1991 to honor and reward written Science Fiction and Fantasy that explores and expands gender. Although the Tiptree ceremony travels around the world (Boston MA, Oakland CA, England, Minneapolis MN, Fort Lauderdale FL, Yokohama, Japan), most of the ceremonies have been held in Madison. Each year, WisCon holds an auction, runs a bake sale, sells Tiptree t-shirts and promotes Secret Feminist Cabal publications to help raise funds for the Tiptree Award. WisCon also promotes the award through its publications and programming.