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Local conventions tend to be held because someone decides to hold them. That's it, at the simplest level, ignoring how much work goes into doing that. Often, they'll set up an organisation, whether non-profit or for profit, to run them under, but it's still up to them.
Regional conventions, such as Westercon, Worldcon or NASFiC, don't work that way. They tend to be owned by out of state groups who run a bidding process, usually annually, for anyone who wishes to run them. If you have a group that wants to do so, you have to work through that process.
That tends to mean putting a team together to run the proposed event; obtaining an agreement from a hotel to host it; attending previous instances of the convention in play to understand how it works; officially placing a bid; trying to persuade people to support your bid (which means persuading them to pay to vote for you); hosting room parties at conventions at which to campaign; and, by the end of it, putting in a whole bunch of work even before you know if you've won the vote or not. Because, if there's more than one bid, someone's going to lose.
Arizona has bid to host many regional conventions over the decades. It's won some and it's lost some.
There's one active bid for a regional convention, which coincidentally I'm chairing. We'll find out if we win at Westercon 72 this Fourth of July weekend.
|2021||Westercon||74||Phoenix||Hal C. F. Astell||Tonopah, NV|
The twenty-one instances when Arizona has won a bid are already covered in my Arizona Convention History.
Check out the pages for these by clicking on the links:
|1985||World Fantasy Convention||11||Tucson||Randy Rau|
|1987||North American Science Fiction Convention||3||Phoenix||Bruce Farr|
|1991||World Fantasy Convention||17||Tucson||Randy Rau & Bruce Farr|
|1994||World Horror Convention||4||Phoenix||Doreen Webbert & Jean Goddin|
|1998||SFRA Conference||29||Scottsdale||B. Diane Miller|
|1998||World Horror Convention||8||Phoenix||Doreen Webbert & Jean Goddin|
|2004||Westercon||57||Litchfield Park||Craig Dyer|
|2004||World Fantasy Convention||30||Tempe||Mike Willmoth|
|2004||World Horror Convention||14||Phoenix||Mike Willmoth|
|2006||Nebula Awards® Weekend||41||Phoenix||Lee Whiteside|
|2009||North American Discworld Convention||1||Tempe||Lee Whiteside|
|2013||Browncoat Ball||9||Phoenix||Cindy Pickard|
The instances when Arizona has lost a bid aren't covered elsewhere, so I'm highlighting them here.
Please let us know if we're missing any and support the next bid that arises!
|Year||Convention||#||Location||Bid Chair||Lost To|
|1978||Westercon||31||Phoenix||Greg Brown||Los Angeles, CA|
|1980||Westercon||33||Phoenix||Los Angeles, CA|
|1987||Worldcon||45||Phoenix||Bruce Farr||Brighton, UK|
|1993||Worldcon||51||Phoenix||Terry Gish||San Francisco, CA|
|1999||North American Science Fiction Convention||7||Phoenix||Eileen Phillips||Anaheim, CA|
|2000||Westercon||53||Phoenix||Patrick Connors||Honolulu, HI|
|2002||Westercon||55||Phoenix||Patrick Connors||Los Angeles, CA|
|2008||Westercon||61||Tempe||Las Vegas, NV|
|2014||North American Science Fiction Convention||11||Phoenix||Mike Willmoth||Detroit, MI|
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Last update: 15th May, 2019