What is a membership?

Some other events sell tickets, but Worldcons sell memberships. Why? Because Worldcon members are not just spectators but active participants, with both rights and responsibilities. Chicon 8 memberships are available in two classes: Attending and Supporting.

How do I register?

The easiest and quickest way to register is here. If you want to send a check, complete your registration and information about paying by check can be found there. The most sociable way to register will be to find our representatives sitting at a table at any of numerous science fiction conventions around the world and register in person.

Membership Classes

Attending Members can physically attend the convention and enjoy full access to convention activities and events (subject to minimum age limits for some events). Adults, Young Adults and Teens receive all convention publications, and will be eligible to nominate and vote for the 2022 Hugo Awards. They can also vote to select the site of the 2024 Worldcon, and nominate for the 2023 Hugo Awards. 

There are several classes of Attending Membership based on your age as of the first day of the convention (September 1, 2022):

  • Adult (25+)
  • YA (18-24)
  • Teen (14-17). Can be on site without an adult. However, there must be contact information for one adult (if the adult is a member who will be on site) or two adults (if the Teen is not associated with an adult who will be on site).
  • Child (10-13). Child Members can roam freely and be on their own in Kids’ Programming, but there must be contact information for their designated adult(s) who must be member(s) of the convention and present on site. We reserve the right to require the child to be accompanied by an adult in the event of concerns over behavior.
  • Kid-in-Tow (0-9) – membership is free but Kids-in-Tow should be registered with us for safety and to help us with childcare planning (childcare hours are not included with the membership).

We also offer a lower cost First Attending Worldcon membership for Adults who have never physically attended a Worldcon before, as part of our aim to bring in new fans to our event. (Younger first-time attendees will get a lower price by buying the relevant age-based membership).

Please note that we expect to offer professional Childcare at the convention; this is not included in any membership. Details and prices will be available closer to the event.

Supporting Members are not able to attend the convention, but they can nominate and vote for the 2022 Hugo Awards, nominate for the 2023 Hugo Awards, and vote in Site Selection for the 2024 Worldcon. They also receive all convention publications (in electronic form by default).

If you voted in the 2022 Worldcon Site Selection, you are automatically a Supporting member of Chicon 8. Supporting memberships may be upgraded to Attending memberships at any point for the difference between the New Supporting and New Attending membership rates for the relevant age group.

Membership Rates

Our initial membership rates are listed below, and are valid through April 30th, 2021.

Membership Rates
Valid through April 30th, 2021
New or Bid Donor Bid Friend or Star
Voted Did Not Vote Voted Did Not Vote
Supporting Automatic 50   Automatic
Attending Adult (25+) 120 170 Automatic 50
YA (18-24) 40 90 Automatic
Teen (14-17) 20 70
Child (10-13) Automatic 50
Kid-in-Tow (0-9) Free Free Free Free
First Attending Worldcon* 60 110 Automatic Automatic
* available to any Adult attending their first Worldcon at Chicon 8.


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Our pre-con publications (progress reports, etc.) will be electronic.

Our at-con publications (in particular our Souvenir Book) will be available in print form and electronically. Attending Adults, Young Adults and Teens will receive print publications by default but can choose to opt out (e.g. if only wanting one copy per household). 

Children and Supporting Members will have access to electronic publications by default but can opt into print publications at no extra cost.

Installment Plan

We will be launching our Installment Plan later in 2020. Under the Installment Plan, Adults can lock in the price of an Attending Membership at the point they buy a Supporting Membership, and then pay for their upgrade in a series of Installments to spread the cost. The first upgrade installment will not be due before January 2021.

You can express interest in the Installment Plan when completing your membership form, and we will then contact you with details when the Plan is officially launched.

People who supported the bid at the Friends and Stars level who wish to pay for their memberships on an installment plan should e-mail

Payment by Check: Check payments will take up to 30 days to process. If after 30 days, your check has not cleared, please contact to inquire about the status of your check. Checks that “bounce” will be charged a fee of $30 per check.