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May 27th – 29th, 2022



Noon – 9:30PM / Fri 27th
10AM – 9:00PM / Sat 28th
10AM – 5:00PM / Sun 29th


Sheraton Crown Center
2345 McGee St
Kansas City, MO 64108



(See Programming Page for Meeting Room Assignments)

Friday – May 28th Agenda

2:00p – 3:00p

Bowie on the Big Screen
Extraordinary Children in SF/Fantasy
Building with Batman’s Billions

3:30p – 4:30p
Cats in Space
Biotechnology in SF
Dating Advice from Disney Princesses

5:00p – 6:00p
The Sanderson Effect: Can it be Replicated?
Attack of the Killer Bees
Stupid Writing Tricks: Stylistic Flourishes in Fiction

7:00p – 8:00p
Opening Ceremonies

7:00p – 8:30p
Empire A – C Closed

8:00p – 9:00p
Sturgeon Award Ceremony

8:30p – 9:30p

ConQuesT Name That Tune (or Show)
Body Horror: The Last Ewwww
The Butterfly Effect

9:30p -11:30p Empire A-C Closed


Saturday – May 29th Agenda

10:00a – 11:00a
Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy: Making Memorable Antagonists
Designing Magical Systems in Worldbuilding
Story in a Bag

11:30a – 12:30a
How to Avoid the Plague
Climate Change Fiction
One-on-One Combat

12:30p – 2:00p
Masquerade Tech Rehearsal

1:30p – 2:30p
Indie Author Buffet
Power Dynamics in Storytelling
The Fifth Element – 25 Years Later

1:30p – 5:00p
Lightsaber Duel

3:00p – 4:00p
50 Years of ConQuesT
Business of Freelance Art
Using Military Experience to Influence Storytelling

4:30p – 5:30p
The Uncanny Power of Weird Fiction
Illustrating a Book

4:30p – 6:00p
Art Auction

6:30p – 7:30p
Behind the GM Screen
SFF Film Adaptations: The Best and the Worst
From Nemesis to Ally/Friend/Lover

7:00p – 8:00p
Masquerade Tech Rehearsal

8:00p – 9:00p
Cursing Creatively in Storytelling
To the Stars! The New Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction and the Speculative Imagination
SF/Fantasy Creators Deserving of a Biopic/Biography

8:00p – 10:00p

9:30p -11:30p
Empire A-C Closed


Sunday May 30th Agenda

10:00a – 11:00a
Gender Identity and Artificial Intelligence
Resurrection in SF & Fantasy
World Fantasy Con

11:30a – 12:30a
It Was So Good, and Then You Messed It Up
Designing a Great Book Cover
Supernatural: People Saved, Things Hunted

1:00p – 2:00p
Intro to 3D Printing
The Reading Writer
The Mandalorian: Western or Science Fiction?

1:00p – 3:00p
Charity Auction

2:30p – 3:30p
Curiouser and Curiouser
The Art of “Magic, the Gathering”
Terrible Parents in Science Fiction & Fantasy

4:00p – 4:30p
Closing Ceremonies

4:00p – 5:30p
Empire A-C Closed




ConQuesT 53 Group Rate – $125/night

Group Rate Available: May 26 – May 30, 2022



Reservation Cutoff: May 16, 2022


The ConQuesT Art Show features some of the finest science fiction and fantasy art in the Midwest! We welcome both amateur and professional artists to display and sell their one of a kind pieces. All mediums are accepted, and in past years have included oil and water colors, pen and ink, clay works, photography, jewelry, metal sculpture, 3d paper art, digital prints, wood carvings, fiber arts, glass works, and many more.

Note: This is a juried show. If you have never shown your work at ConQuesT, or haven’t in several years, please email the Art Show Director with your information, links to your work, and your space request. We will let you know about your acceptance as soon as possible. We will promptly refund any fees paid by an artist who is not accepted. 

Space Reservation Fees

  • Tables are $10 for a full table, $5 for a half table
  • Panels are $10 (2 feet x 6 feet) (Note: When you reserve more than one panel, they will be placed adjacent and configured to accommodate the width of your work.)
  • Print shop is $5 for up to 20 prints with a panel or table, add $5 for each additional 20 prints.
  • Print shop without a table or panel is $10 for the first 20 prints and $5 for each additional 20 prints.


Art Show Registration



The ConQuesT Dealers Room is a treasure trove of science fiction and fantasy merchandise! Open the general public, and shoppers don’t need a con badge.

Note to Dealers: Please email the Dealer’s Room Director to determine the status of your current space reservation, any reservations rolled over from a previous year, or to request new space for ConQuesT 53.

Additional information will be posted here at a later date.


If you’d like to participate in programming or have an idea you’d like to see on the program schedule, please let us know using the ONLINE FORM!

Just select the form that you need using the dropdown selector at the top of the page. 

  • Panelist Application – If you have an opinion, expertise, or enthusiasm for something fannish and like to talk to other people about it, you’re qualified to be a ConQuesT panelist!
  • Panel Suggestions – Got an idea for panel topics that are interesting, exciting, and relevant that you would like to see at ConQuesT?


You can use our contact form or email us directly.

CLICK HERE for our contact page.



Online ticket sales are now closed. 

You may purchase tickets on site the day of the event.