ISFiC, the parent corporation that runs Windycon, was founded in 1973 in Chicago. The first Windycon was held the following year and has been held annually ever since either in Chicago or a Chicago suburb. It is a general interest convention.
ISFiC and Windycon were originally founded in order to raise the profile of fandom in Chicago in preparation for a Worldcon bid. In 1982, Chicon IV was the result. From its small beginnings, Windycon has grown to have an annual membership hovering around 1300. It is the largest of the three fan-run Chicago conventions.
Annually since 1986, ISFiC has hosted a writers contest, open to unpublished authors. The contest is judged by professional authors and editors. Separately, Windycon has hosted a writers' workshop under the coordination of Richard Chwedyk since 2000.
- Pavlac, Ross, What's an ISFiC, ISFiC Web Site, retrieved, 2007-05-19
- The Windycon Big List, Windycon Web Site, retrieved, 2007-05-19
- ISFiC Writers Contest Winners page
- Foster, Adrienne (August–September 2009), "Next Manuscript, Please: Amazing Tales of the Worldcon Writers Workshop", SFWA Bulletin: 10
- Murphy, Janice, Windycon 26 Chats, Cybling, retrieved, 2007-05-19
- Murphy, Janice, Windycon 29 Chats, Cybling, retrieved, 2007-05-19
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