- What is Sirens?
- When is Sirens? Where is it?
- Why is the focus women in fantasy literature?
- Who should attend Sirens?
- Does Sirens have a anti-harassment policy?
- Does Sirens have an accessibility policy?
- How much does it cost to attend Sirens?
- What does my registration include?
- Are registration discounts available?
- Can I have a refund on my registration if I can’t attend?
- Why did you choose Denver?
- Do you have an official hotel?
- Why did you choose the Hilton Inverness Hotel?
- Do I have to stay at the Hilton Inverness Hotel?
- Is the Hilton Inverness Hotel accessible?
- Some meals are included, but not all of them. What am I going to eat?
- How can I get to Denver? Are there travel discounts?
Programming & Events
- What is on the schedule for Sirens?
- Who presents Sirens’s programming?
- When will your programming submission system be open? When is the submissions deadline?
- Do you have a Call for Proposals that I can distribute?
- Can I be on your vetting board?
- Will you be publishing proceedings from the conference?
- I’d like to be a guest of honor. How can I be included? How can I suggest someone?
- Is it okay to send you a copy of my book?
- Who is presenting Sirens?
- I’d like to make sure Sirens is successful. How can I help?
- Who did your logo? Who does your other artwork?
- May I use your artwork?
- May I obtain a press pass to Sirens?
- Can my publisher send books to Sirens?
- Do you have a “freebie” table?
- I have fantasy, whimsical, literary, or other items to sell that I think Sirens attendees might like. Will there be a dealer room?
- Is there a green room/con suite/masquerade/art show?
- Can I talk about other genres here? I’m interested in programming about science fiction/speculative fiction/steampunk/romance/horror/suspense/mystery/something else.
- May I take photographs at Sirens?
- Can Sirens accommodate my food allergies?
- Can I bring my child? Do you provide childcare? Do you have children’s activities?
- How can I contact your staff if I have a question? When will I get a response? Can I call you?
What is Sirens?
Sirens is a conference about women and nonbinary people in fantasy literature. We are part scholarly conference, part enthusiastic convention, part networking weekend, and part personal retreat. We invite readers, scholars, librarians, educators, authors, and publishing professionals to attend and add their voices to our conference and our community.
Why is the focus women in fantasy literature?
Our conference team believes strongly that women’s and nonbinary people’s place in fantasy literature—as readers, as authors, as professionals, even as characters—is a vital, vibrant topic for discussion and debate. Some of our favorite books are fantasy works by women and nonbinary authors, and some of our favorite people are women and nonbinary people who read, write, or work with fantasy literature—and we hope you feel the same!
Who should attend Sirens?
We hope that readers, scholars, librarians, educators, publishing professionals, and authors with an interest in gender and fantasy literature will consider joining us. Since Sirens is a conference designed for adults, all attendees need to be at least 18 years old on October 21, 2021 (or on October 19, 2021, to attend the Sirens Studio).
Does Sirens have a anti-harassment policy?
Sirens expects that everyone, both online and at Sirens, will behave and communicate respectfully and with an awareness of others. We do encourage extensive discussion, debate, and disagreement at Sirens, but we firmly believe that disagreement need not come with hate, intimidation, or harassment. Our anti-harassment policy prohibits a wide range of disrespectful behavior, and allows us to eject violators from our space, both online and at the conference. Please note that everyone using Sirens’s space, both online and at the conference, must comply with our anti-harassment policy.
Does Sirens have an accessibility policy?
Sirens is committed to making our conference space accessible for attendees. We ask, as part of that commitment, that all Sirens attendees review our accessibility policy and consider how they, too, might help make Sirens more accessible for others.
How much does it cost to attend Sirens?
At the moment, a registration costs $275.
What does my registration include?
All programming and events, including four keynote addresses, are included with a registration. Attendees will receive access to all conference programs, including meals and receptions, and will receive a conference T-shirt as well. Please note, however, that the Sirens Studio, (including the Studio keynote address) and the Sirens Shuttle all require purchasing an additional ticket.
Are registration discounts available?
All attendees—including presenters, staff, and volunteers—must register for Sirens. We’ve chosen to make the cost as low as possible for everyone by asking everyone to pay for their registrations. For information about possible scholarships, please see our scholarships page.
Can I have a refund on my registration if I can’t attend?
As stated on our registration page, we do not refund registration or ticket payments. You may want to consider purchasing travel insurance, which is a good idea any time you take a trip with non-refundable arrangements. Another option is to sell the registration to someone else. If you tweet us @sirens_con, we will retweet your available registration or tickets, and you’re welcome to post on our Facebook page as well. (Please note that arrangements between individuals are at your own risk.) Once you’ve sold your registration or tickets, please write us at (help at sirensconference.org) to have it transferred to your buyer.
Why did you choose Denver?
Like Sirens, Denver is a place of big dreams—not to mention big views! More importantly, Denver is centrally located in the United States, a major hub for air travel, and the year-round home of our extensive bookstore inventory.
Do you have an official hotel?
The Hilton Inverness Hotel will be the home of Sirens in 2021. It’s a bright, inviting hotel, with a gracious staff, numerous recreation options, and a wonderful spa. Attendees are welcome to stay at the Hilton Inverness at Sirens’s discounted rate, which is $169 per night (regardless of occupancy), plus tax and resort fee. Please see our hotel page for information on how to make a reservation.
Why did you choose the Hilton Inverness Hotel?
Sirens is meant to be a welcoming conference where everyone feels comfortable jumping into a discussion of women in fantasy literature. To help create that atmosphere, we’ve chosen a hotel with cozy, inviting spaces that makes welcoming guests its top priority. We hope this is a retreat for you, and we hope a weekend at Sirens helps you take a break. (Also, the Hilton Inverness offered us an amazing deal that went a long way toward keeping the costs of attending Sirens—catering costs, room rates, and so forth—as low as possible.)
Do I have to stay at the Hilton Inverness Hotel?
No, you don’t, but we appreciate your staying with us. One of the ways that we’re able to arrange meeting space for Sirens is by having attendees stay at the Hilton Inverness, and your staying there is a convenient way to help make Sirens successful. Also, since you won’t have to travel back and forth to your alternate lodgings, staying at the Hilton Inverness will help you experience the full range of Sirens.
Is the Hilton Inverness Hotel accessible?
Yes, it is. If you have any questions or concerns about the rooms, public spaces, or other services or amenities, please check out the Hilton Inverness’s accessibility information or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-799-5800.
Some meals are included, but not all of them. What am I going to eat?
The Hilton Inverness features both casual and fine dining options. If you’d like to venture outside the hotel, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service within a five-mile radius.
How can I get to Denver? Are there travel discounts?
Please visit our transportation page for more information on traveling to Sirens. We expect that most of our attendees will fly into Denver International Airport. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer group travel discounts, but we will be offering our Sirens Shuttle, at an additional cost, to and from Denver International Airport.
Programming & Events
What is on the schedule for Sirens?
Our conference includes numerous conversations, both as part of programming and otherwise, that will intrigue anyone with an interest in women in fantasy literature. In addition, we offer keynote presentations by our guests of honor, as well as other events and activities. Our goal is to provide a friendly, smart, thought-provoking weekend for discussion, debate, and networking, and we hope that’s what you find at Sirens. We have a very preliminary schedule at this time; you can also get a sense of what Sirens might be like by visiting our conference archive.
Who presents Sirens’s programming?
Our attendees do. The programming schedule for Sirens is created from topics that our attendees propose, craft, and present. All potential attendees are invited to propose programming, and if selected by our independent vetting board, to present them to Sirens’s attendees.
When will your proposal submission system be open? When is the proposal submissions deadline?
Our submissions system is open in the spring of 2021 for programming proposals for presentation at Sirens in 2021 from those who did not have a proposal accepted in 2020 and rolled over to 2021.
Do you have a Call for Proposals that I can distribute?
Absolutely. You may review our Call for Proposals here.
Can I be on your vetting board?
Our vetting board is chosen by our programming team to ensure that the board has a wide range of collective scholarship and experience. The programming team extends invitations to be on the board each year, assembling a board that reflects new and returning voters as well as expertise in a particular year’s theme.
Will you be publishing proceedings from the conference?
Those who present at Sirens will be offered the opportunity to submit written versions of their presentations to the conference compendium, which, assuming sufficient participation, will be published about every fifth year. Not all presenters will choose to participate, but we intend to publish the compendium so that attendees and others can have a record of the conference’s programming.
I’d like to be a guest of honor. How can I be included? How can I suggest someone?
Our guests of honor are chosen by a private committee, sometimes several years in advance, and invited by our conference staff. While we don’t currently solicit ideas for guests of honor, we do encourage all attendees to take an active part in our programming, which is a great way to connect with others and share your work.
Who is presenting Sirens?
Narrate Conferences, Inc., a 501(c)(3) educational organization, is the presenting company behind Sirens. The company was founded in 2006 to provide conferences that welcome scholars, professionals, authors, and readers to discuss, debate, and collaborate with one another. You can find more information about Narrate Conferences on its website.
I’d like to make sure Sirens is successful. How can I help?
Each year, in order to cover all of Sirens’s expenses, we rely on thousands of dollars in monetary donations from supporters, as well as further thousands of dollars in proceeds from auction items donated by supporters. If you wish to support Sirens, we thank you, on behalf of our team and our community. Please visit our donations page to see how you can help with monetary or in-kind donations. Equally important is spreading the word about Sirens to your friends and readers of your website or blog. Please see our artwork page for more information on helping to promote Sirens in your online spaces. Finally, if you are interested in spreading the word in person at other events, please write us at (help at sirensconference.org); we’ll be able to get you materials and information.
Who did your logo? Who does your other artwork?
Manda Lewis, a longtime, exceptionally talented Sirens staff member, created our logo. She and her team create all of Sirens’s artwork, including our website, program book, and merchandise designs.
May I use your artwork?
Everyone is welcome to download our banners, avatars, and desktops from our artwork page, for personal use, and we hope that you do. If you are seeking to use our artwork for other purposes, such as an online community or physical items, it’s not impossible—but it is difficult, due to trademark law and the Internal Revenue Service rules governing endorsements by charities. Please write us at (legal at sirensconference.org) if you’d like to inquire.
May I obtain a press pass to Sirens?
Due to our limited space, we will not be offering press passes for Sirens. Members of the media are welcome to attend by purchasing a registration, and must contact us to arrange a special badge designation that will inform other attendees of their press affiliation if they plan to cover the event for a media outlet. We appreciate advance notice of your attendance so that we may prepare for your arrival.
Can my publisher send books to Sirens?
Of course! In fact, we often receive books from publishers interested in making sure that their works by women and nonbinary authors are present in our bookstore. We do appreciate, however, if publishers write us at (donate at sirensconference.org) before shipping books, whether for donation to our bookstore or for other requested uses.
Do you have a “freebie” table?
Yes, we do. We are happy to accept flyers, bookmarks, postcards, and small items for attendees; please note that we do reserve the right to reject any item that violates any law, including trademark or copyright law, or that we otherwise deem inappropriate. You may bring items and place them on the freebie table or mail them (to arrive no later than October 1, 2021) to Sirens, c/o Narrate Conferences, P.O. Box 155, Castle Rock, CO 80104. As not all attendees will take home one of each freebie, 25 or so of your item is usually sufficient to reach all those with interest. We apologize, but we cannot return any unclaimed items to you, though you may retrieve your items in person at the end of the conference.
I have fantasy, whimsical, literary, or other items to sell that I think Sirens attendees might like. Will there be a dealer room?
Currently, we aren’t planning to include a dealer room at Sirens, though we may decide to do so in the future. If you are looking for opportunities to promote your business or products to our attendees, please write us at (donate at sirensconference.org) so we may discuss providing items or coupons.
Is there a green room/con suite/masquerade/art show?
Narrate Conferences’s events draw their overall shape from scholarly, professional, media, fan, and association conferences, so some elements that you may be familiar with might not appear at Sirens—and you might discover some elements that are new to you. We won’t have any of the elements listed above, but we will have a few others that we think you’ll enjoy. Please visit the about section of our website for more information on programs and events that Sirens will include.
Can I talk about other genres here? I’m interested in programming about science fiction/speculative fiction/steampunk/romance/horror/suspense/mystery/something else.
The main focus for Sirens is fantasy, whether it’s for adults, teens, or children. There are other events focused on different genres, of course, and while our staff and our attendees certainly enjoy other genres, we wanted to create a space specifically about fantasy written by and starring women and nonbinary people. That said, you will probably find that fantasy encompasses themes and stories that include all of the above, and cross-genre, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary programming is more than welcome, as are cross-genre, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary readers, authors, professionals, and scholars.
May I take photographs at Sirens?
Of course! Please bear in mind, however, that not everyone wishes to have their picture taken or posted on the Internet. It is polite to ask before photographing or filming other attendees. Please do not take pictures of individuals who are not comfortable having you do so. For this reason, Sirens prohibits photographs during programming sessions, unless the program book indicates that the presenter has given permission.
Can Sirens accommodate my food allergies?
Sirens will do its best to accommodate a variety of diets and food needs during the weekend and will always offer meat and vegetarian entrée options or a flexible entrée option. In the summer of 2021, we will contact all attendees about dietary issues, and we will work with the hotel’s caterer to accommodate restrictions. We do recommend, however, if you have special concerns that you ask the catering staff before partaking; we will also designate a staff member to help you contact the catering staff at all meal functions. Our staff does not have the recipes for any particular items served over the weekend, and cannot provide absolute assurance that an ingredient is not present. If after reviewing our menus, which will be available in the upcoming months, you are concerned about your dietary issues, please write us at (help at sirensconference.org).
Can I bring my child? Do you provide childcare? Do you have children’s activities?
We are happy to allow infants and pre-mobile babies to attend Sirens alongside a parent at no charge. Sirens has no child-appropriate activities, however, and requires all other attendees to be at least 18 years old by the first day of the conference. Finally, please feel free to use Twitter or our Facebook group to connect with other parents, set up cooperative childcare arrangements, and share resources.
How can I contact your staff if I have a question? When will I get a response? Can I call you?
Most sections of our website have a contact address that will connect you directly to someone who will answer your email as soon as possible, or you may contact us at (help at sirensconference.org). Generally, you’ll receive a reply within 72 hours, though we may take longer to answer non-urgent email during weekends, holiday periods, vacations, or when we’re receiving a large volume of messages, which can happen around the programming presentations deadline, the close of online registration, and so on. Our staff is made up entirely of volunteers, but we do try our very best to respond as quickly as we can; if you don’t hear back within a few days, please feel free to write to us again because your email or our answer might have been misdirected into a bulk mail folder, caught in an internet outage, or sent awry some other way. Unfortunately, because we’re volunteers working from around the world, we don’t have a customer service phone number to give you, and we strongly recommend that you not make customer service inquiries through social media, as our social media team generally will not have the answers. We appreciate your understanding.