Month: April 2017

Writers: Slots Available for Manuscript Critiques

Do you write science fiction, fantasy, or horror? Would you like professional one-on-one feedback about your work-in-progress?

Slots are still aviailable for manuscript critiques, facilitated the NobleFusion writer’s collective and many of ConQuesT’s participating writing professionals.

Participants receive a one-on-one intensive critique session with a professional author, editor, or publisher who will offer suggestions to help you make your work the best it can be. Manuscripts can be a short story or a portion of a novel no more than 10,000 words. The critique fee is $25 per manuscript, with a limit of one critique per manuscript. Manuscripts and payments must be received by MIDNIGHT, April 23, 2016.

For details and submission instructions, see

Ad Rates and Dates for ConQuesT 48 Program Book

Want to get more attention for your fan-friendly business? Want to publicize your latest book or event? You can do that with an ad in the ConQuesT 48 program book! Our program book is distributed at registration, so your ad has the potential to be viewed by our entire membership.

We need your ad space reservation by April 26. Print-ready ads must be received by our publications department no later than May 1. Accepted File Types: JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIF, PDF

Our program book is digest size (5.5” x 8.5”). Ad space comes in a variety of sizes, from full page to quarter page and anything in between. Download the program book Ad Rate Sheet.

Reserve your space now by emailing

Zac Zacarola, ConQuesT’s Fan Guest of Honor

Zac Zacarola, ConQuesT’s Fan Guest of Honor, is a familiar face. You’ve seen him behind the Ziggy’s West table demonstrating his dazzling array of fine bladed weapons. This year we’re getting him out from behind the table to have some fun at ConQuesT. Are you registered yet?

Zac Zacarola | Fan Guest of Honor

Zac Zacarola (photo by Chris Moose Mendolia)
Zac Zacarola (photo by Chris Moose Mendolia)

Zac Zacarola is a familiar face in the convention dealer’s room at the Ziggy’s West table.

Zac first took interest in science fiction (“SciFi,” he says) as a kid when he discovered “all those B movies”, with his favorite still being the original The Day the Earth Stood Still. “Then, Star Trek came along,” he said.

In high school, Zac was involved with a couple of SciFi activities. Then, while studying chemistry at WVU, he was in and out of Monongamoot, WVU’s SciFi club. There, he met Jo, a serious Monongamoot member who as heavily involved with MonCon III, which he attended. “In fact, thanks to her, I’ve attended a number of SciFi conventions which I may not have otherwise attended, including four WorldCons (including TorCon),” he said. .

For more than 35 years, Zac was an analytical chemist in the nuclear power industry. “Talk about SciFi come’n to life!” he says. Since 2008, he’s worked on the environmental side of things, including the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and groundwater protection.

Zac specialized in corrosion control and metallurgy, which he now applies to the fine merchandise of Ziggy’s West, a business which has existed since 1987.

Favorite SciFi book: Robert Forward’s “Dragon’s Egg.”

Favorite SciFi movie: Monsters Inc.