Get Ready for Boskone: Check out the First B57 Helmuth

Boskone 57 is coming! Read this year’s first Helmuth newsletter (Vol 57, Issue 1) to get the inside details for what’s happening from the guests and participants to the hotel reservations, art show, dealers room, and volunteering. It’s going to be a fantastic convention and we look forward to seeing you there!

Get your membership today and let us know you are coming to Boskone 57.

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NESFA Short Story Contest – Submissions Close Sept 30, 2019

The 2019-2020 NESFA Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Story Contest will be open from June 2019 through September 30, 2019, with winners to be announced at Boskone 57, February 14–16, 2020.

For those of you who would like to learn more about the contest, here’s a short clip from the NESFA Short Story Contest website:

The purpose of the NESFA Short Story Contest is to encourage amateur and semi-professional writers to reach the next level of proficiency. We will look for engaging openings, good character development, well structured plotting, powerful imagery, witty or humorous language, unique word or phrasing choices, and convincing endings. This contest is intended for beginning writers. If you have received more than $1000 for your fiction writing from any source on the date you submit your story, and/or have published, in any paying publication, a novel or multiple shorter works adding up to more than 40,000 words you are no longer eligible. If you are unsure, send us your publication history.

The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2019. All submissions must be made via email to in flat text, rich text, PDF, or any format readable by MS Word, Open Office, or LibreOffice. Please include your submission as an attachment rather than in the body of the email. Story pages should be numbered, with the page number and the title of the story at the top of each page.

A qualifying story must have strong science fiction or fantasy elements and must be shorter than 7,500 words. Stories must be original works of fiction, submitted by their authors. No reprints, fan fiction, or poetry please.

For the full set of rules, please visit the NESFA Short Story Contest website where you can also find the list of past winners. Submissions that do not conform to the guidelines and rules will not be considered. So, be sure to visit the NESFA website to review the full set of details.

We look forward to announcing this year’s winner during the Saturday night Awards Ceremony at Boskone 57! Good luck to all who enter!!

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Announcing Boskone 57’s Musical Guests: Cheshire Moon

We are pleased to announce our Musical Guests for Boskone 57! Please help us welcome Cheshire Moon.

Boskone 57 will take place from February 14-16, 2020, at the Westin Boston Waterfront, in Boston, MA. We look forward to seeing you there for another fantastic convention.


The Cheshire Moon rises over the landscape, smiling down as only a trickster the size of a planet could smile. Caught in that sliver of moonlight, a guitar string, a swath of blue hair, a bow.

A guitar melody drifts across the evening, along with the sweetly sinister counter melody of a careworn fiddle, a pair of faces are found, smiling along with the moon above, the music beckoning you closer….

Cheshire Moon is the musical collaboration of Lizzie Crowe and Eric Coleman. Come join in the fun!

Visit Cheshire Moon  at

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Additional Guests will be announced soon.

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Announcing the Boskone 57 Guests

We are pleased to announce our first set of Guests for Boskone 57.

Boskone 57 will take place from February 14-16, 2020, at the Westin Boston Waterfront, in Boston, MA. We look forward to seeing you there for another fantastic convention.

Please help us to welcome the first three of our Guests:

Kim Stanley Robinson is an American novelist, widely recognized as one of the foremost living writers of science fiction. Robinson began publishing novels in 1984. His work has been described as “humanist science fiction” and “literary science fiction”. Robinson himself has been a proud defender and advocate of science fiction as a genre, which he regards as one of the most powerful of all literary forms. (From Kim Stanley Robinson’s website.) Learn more at

Holly Black is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over thirty fantasy novels for kids and teens, including Tithe, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Doll Bones, and The Cruel Prince. She has been a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. Her books have been translated into 32 languages worldwide and her series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, was adapted for a feature film. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. (From Holly Black.) Learn more at

Eric Wilkerson is an Illustrator who has worked in film, commercials, video games and the publishing industry.  As a professional Illustrator for nearly twenty years, Eric has worked as a freelance and staff artist, having held both lead and senior positions. He has provided concept art, matte painting and art direction services while working in-house for casino/mobile gaming studios and advertising agencies. (From Eric Wilkerson’s website.) Learn more at

Join us at Boskone 57! Click here to purchase your membership for Boskone 57 today. Visit the Boskone 57 website at to find out more information about this year’s convention.

Additional Guests will be announced soon.


Membership Rates

Online Registration is now open.

Category Full Convention
Adult $60
College* $35
Children K-12* $25
(See Below for more information)

*(school ID may be required)

Memberships for Children and Kids-in-Tow

All children (ages 7–12) who use Dragonslair services must be convention members. However, children who stay with their parents at all times are considered “kids-in-tow,” and need not have memberships. (“Kids-in-tow” do not receive any convention materials.) We are not able to offer babysitting through the convention.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at

Hotel Rates

$159 (plus tax, currently 14.45%) for single through quad – less than 2019! The Boskone Hotel Rate includes free in room WiFi. There is also free WiFi in the Hotel Lobby.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at

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Official Artist Jim Burns Sends His Regrets

Dear Members,

With regret we share that Official Artist Jim Burns is unable to join us this year at Boskone due to an emergency that will keep him from travelling to Boston. However, his art will still be on display in the Art Show.

We are in the process of redesigning the “Official Artist Interview with Jim Burns” to be a discussion among artists and art experts who will come together to talk about Jim’s career and his work.

The special presentation that Jim Burns was to give, “The Art of Jim Burns,” which was scheduled for Saturday at 5:00 pm, has been cancelled.

We are also revising the docent tour he was to give of the Art Show on Sunday at 10:00 am to be led by our special exhibit co-curator Joe Siclari.

Please know that Jim is saddened that he is unable to join us this year as he was very much looking forward to it, and is hoping to join us at Boskone next year, if possible. We support Jim in this decision, and thank you all for your understanding.

We have many wonderful and exciting things planned for Boskone this year, and look forward to seeing you all there to celebrate and enjoy this weekend of science fiction, fantasy, and horror with us.

Richard Duffy
Chair, Boskone 56

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Food Options at the Westin and Boskone 56

The Westin Waterfront Boston now requires Boskone to limit the types of food and snack items we can serve in the Con Suite. Specifically, we can no longer provide food items that need to be prepared by our staff, such as hard boiled eggs, cheese cubes, bagels, or the bread loaves we’ve provided in the past. The hotel requirements limit us to prepackaged snacks that come in individually wrapped packaging.

We are doing our best to provide reasonable snack choices including fruit, salty snacks, nuts, cookies, candy, and so on. In addition, we will still have plenty of coffee and hot water for tea, and have a variety of sodas and juices as we’ve done in the past. And the Con Suite will still be a relaxing, convivial space for you to enjoy them in the company of your fellow fans.

We have also been working with the Westin to expand their on-site restaurant hours, and they are also looking into expanding the hours of the Birch Bar.

The Westin has confirmed that individual convention members may bring food and non-alcoholic beverages from any on-site restaurant within the hotel to take away and bring into the function space to eat, including the Con Suite. Note, this is purely for individual people who need to grab a bite and eat quickly during/between sessions. However, you cannot bring food from restaurants that are outside of the hotel into function space or the Con Suite, though you can bring it into your own hotel guest room for consumption.

Current on-site Westin restaurant hours are:

Breakfast: 6:30 am-11:00 am
Lunch: 11:30 am-2:30 pm

Breakfast: 7:00 am-11:30 am
Lunch: 12:00 noon-3:00 pm

Breakfast: 7:00 am–12:00 noon
Lunch: 12:30 pm–3:00 pm

Open: 6:00 am–7:00 pm

Open: 3:00 pm–12:00 midnight

Open: 11:30 am–2:00 am

Sun–Thurs: 11:30 am–12:00 midnight
Fri–Sat: 11:30 am–1:00 am

Open: 4:30 pm–2:00 am

While not the perfect or ideal scenario, we hope these alternative options help in providing you the food you need in order to stay lively and healthy during the con!

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Getting to Boskone!

For those of us who are driving to Boskone, and that includes cabs as well as Uber and Lift, please be aware that the New England Boat Show is happening at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, which shares a driveway with the Westin.

When driving, please be aware that traffic will likely be heavy at times, especially during the opening and closing hours of the Boat Show. On the bright side, this means that their parking lot will be open during the day (according their website it’s $20 for regular sized vehicles and $36 for oversized vehicles). Since their lot does close at night, please also be sure to also ask how late they will be open (each day that you use their lot) so that you can retrieve your car.

A nice alternative to driving is to take the Silver Line, SL1 or SL2, to the World Trade Center Station. Red Line users an MBTA service alert has been announced that shuttles will be replacing service between Harvard and Alewife.

For details on how to navigate the MBTA system or additional parking information, visit the Boskone website.

As always, plan some extra time to arrive at the convention before the first program item that you would like to attend. Safe travels! We look forward to seeing you there!

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