Called “the conference with heart” by Publishers Weekly, UTOPiAcon, the trailblazing convention for fiction writers and readers, grew ten times in size in its first four years.

For over a decade, UTOPiAcon has tapped into the massively popular and community-propelled self-publishing audience, a market that catapulted young adult and new adult books into worldwide franchises that include audiobooks, film, television, fashion, games, and more.

The fantasy, dystopian, sci-fi, paranormal, contemporary, and romance stories that are being devoured by readers everywhere have spawned a whole new generation of writers poised to transform entertainment consumption once again.

No more is it the traditionally published author versus the unknown independent writer. Today, a world of hybrid authors and immersive multimedia is being driven by passionate and collaborative creatives looking for the newest information on writing, AI, marketing, the metaverse, NFTs, and other opportunities to learn and grow their craft. UTOPiAcon remains committed to educating, inspiring and connecting writers no matter where they are in their journey.

UTOPiAcon and the UTOPiA Awards are dedicated to inclusion. We remain committed to not only lifting inclusive stories, but also to bringing in the authors, panelists, speakers, and vendors who come from underrepresented communities, regardless of color, ability, gender, or sexual orientation.