We need your help!

Greetings, 4th Street Fantasy Community!

This is a friendly reminder that our hotel room block closes tomorrow (May 27th), which is important for two reasons:

  1. It’s the best room rate you are going to get!
  2. If the con doesn’t fill the room block (we’re about twenty room-nights away currently, which means that every single person who gets a room for the weekend makes a huge difference to the continued existence of the convention), the hotel gets to charge us a bunch of extra fees that would be a serious fiscal hardship for the con. Due to contractual obligations and the pandemic, this is a make-or-break year for us financially.


Perhaps it would be better to say “we need our help,” because of course this is a community. A community that we would very much like to see preserved for the future.

We’re not going to lie: we understand that after the last two and a half years, everybody might be feeling leery of making commitments. However, your support right now makes all the difference for the continued existence of the convention.

So if you are thinking of coming, now would be a great time to reserve your room and get your membership sorted.

If you can’t make it this year but want us to still be around when you can, or you just want to support the best tiny fantasy convention on the block, you can donate here. 4th Street Fantasy is a registered 501(c)3. All donations are tax-deductible.

Even five dollars makes a difference!


This year we are also offering a supporting membership option for people who cannot come to the con. This low-cost remote option will give you access to the 4th Street Member Discord for socializing, and where as many panels as possible will be liveblogged. We will also have sheets available at the convention where attendees can leave written greetings for supporting members: these greetings will be mailed to each supporting member after the con.



This year we have the usual wonderful single-track program of intensive creative-focused content (how’s that for a string of buzzwords?) You can see the draft panel schedule HERE.


We will also be offering a Seminar/Workshop hosted by C.L. Polk, Arkady Martine, Elizabeth Bear, and Scott Lynch that offers an unparalleled opportunity for writers seeking professional development.

The theme of this year’s Seminar and Workshop is ‘Writing as Practice’ – writing as habit, as experiment, as training, as something that a writer continuously approaches. Our panel of award-winning, best-selling, and internationally-published authors will help you conceptualize the ‘practice’ of writing, building (or abandoning) habits, integrating writing into the complex and demanding pressures of being in the world (dayjobs, health issues, a global pandemic…) and how to get back on the horse, even if the horse has run off to pastures unknown.

Register for the Seminar/Workshop here!

In addition, we will be hosting assorted informal social events focused on crafting, art, gustatory pleasures, and music.

The area around 4th Street Fantasy has many fine restaurants that offer sidewalk dining, as well as a convenient supermarket if you prefer to eat in your room. The convention is extremely serious about COVID safety, and you can find our COVID policy here.

Donate here!


We hope we see you in Minneapolis this year!

4th Street Fantasy Online Has Ended!

Thank you so much to our members, volunteers, and friends! It was a great convention and conversation. If you missed out, you can still see all of the panels on YouTube for the time being, and as we get transcripts finished, those will be linked as well on the 2021 programming page. We will also be posting our list of recommended media, taken from the panels and conversations around them, in the next week, so keep an eye out.

Next year in Minneapolis!

Evening Event: Willow Watch Party

Join Scott Lynch in a movie watch party! The 1988 film Willow was a formative one for many fans of the fantasy genre. Hang out in Discord as you watch and enjoy the trenchant commentary of Scott and all the other 4th Street members!

For licensing reasons, we cannot broadcast the movie ourselves, but Willow is available on Disney+, Apple TV, Youtube, and Google Play, and we will be providing cues to synch your play with the commentary so you can follow along from the comfort of your own devices.

This event will only be available to registered members, so make sure you sign up here!

Saturday Evening Event: Post-Cataclysm Blues

So how do you live after the world ends? C.L. Polk will be using the online game World of Warcraft as the setting for an exploration of the subject by taking members on a walking tour of two Kalimdors: the original game world and the profound changes to the landscape after the Cataclysm took place.

The event will be streamed live in our Discord – members will be able to watch and listen to the event with no additional software to install. Or if you are a World of Warcraft player and want to join in, you can walk in-game with your host! Just make a Horde character on the Bloodsail Buccaneers server in WoW Classic: Burning Crusade and you will be able to roleplay walking from Orgrimmar to the bottom of The Barrens while we discuss stories that happen after world-altering damage is done.

This is an optional event available only to members of this year’s 4th Street Fantasy convention! Make sure you register here – the convention is approaching!

Volunteers Needed!

Fourth Street Fantasy needs your help to make our virtual con a success! We’re looking for volunteers to host panels and open rooms on Zoom, moderate Discord discussions, relay questions to panelists, document helpful information on the virtual whiteboard, and provide technical support. No experience needed; we’ll be glad to train you.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please fill out this survey!

For more information or questions, reach out to volunteers@4thstreetfantasy.com

Exclusive Content – Interview With Pamela Dean

4th Street Fantasy attendees will get a special treat this year: an interview with Minneapolis author Pamela Dean for the 30th anniversary of her celebrated novel TAM LIN!

This wonderful 45-minute conversation with Marissa Lingen won’t be available to the general public, so be sure to register today.

Call for Volunteers

Fourth Street Fantasy needs your help to make our virtual con a success! We’re looking for volunteers to host panels and open rooms on Zoom, moderate Discord discussions, relay questions to panelists, document helpful information on the virtual whiteboard, and provide technical support. No experience needed; we’ll be glad to train you.

Please email us at volunteers@4thStreetFantasy.com if you’re interested!

4th Street Virtual Convention 2021

This year is going to be different, and we can’t wait to share it with you! We have many things planned, and will be talking about more of them in the coming weeks as we finalize our plans.

Panels! We’re taking advantage of the online nature of the convention to broaden our range of panelists, so look forward to seeing some new faces. The panel topics are listed here, and videos will be available to everyone.

– Live Q&SA: While some of the panels will be prerecorded to accommodate scheduling issues, we will be bringing some of the panelists on to have a 4th Street-style conversation via Discord after the panel videos are released, because everyone is an essential part of the conversation.

– Social events! We look forward to hosting general social activities either on Discord or on Zoom, as people prefer. If you’d like to see (or lead!) a particular event, please drop us a line and we’ll facilitate!

– Special activities: We’ve got a few special things on the boil for people to enjoy. More information as we get closer!

Register here, and please note that this year, the cost of registration is whatever you can afford. Our first priority is seeing you all again!

Earlier this summer, allegations were made about Scott Lynch, a longtime Board member for 4th Street. While none of the allegations involved the convention directly, some of the allegations were matters for serious concern, and we received a formal safety report requesting that we determine whether there was any ongoing risk to the 4th Street community. 

Various members of the Board were either directly involved in or witnesses to some of the events in question, and they all recused themselves immediately from the investigation. We formed an ad hoc committee of uninvolved Board members, volunteers, and members of the 4th Street community. This committee investigated all available allegations, witness statements, and follow-up statements, and have determined that our Code of Conduct was not violated, nor is there a risk to the 4th Street community. The member who filed the safety report has been contacted and agrees that the report has been resolved.

Thank you all for your patience.