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Dates: June
Frequency: biennially
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Type: fan-run fan con
Focus: slash
Founding Date: 2006
URL: CON.TXT website, CON.TXT LiveJournal, CON.TXT Dreamwidth community
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CON.TXT is a multi-fandom slash-friendly con held biennially (in even-numbered years) in Silver Spring, Maryland. The con mascot is a purple duck, and ducks feature prominently in con activities, i.e., the Disco Duck and the Ducks Deluxe Arts & Crafts Show and Auction.

Some fans' thoughts about Con.txt

  • "It was basically like LJ come to life, and the experience of having that familiar Western-media-fannish slashy meta-liking online vibe taking physical form and embodied all around you was fascinatingly trippy."[1]
  • "I think Con.txt is really fun. It's a nice mix of meta and squee and technical type panels. There's a dance party that's super fun, a curated vid show that's always got great vids. The con suite is just a huge room that has the art show and dealer's tables in it, along with snacks and tables set up with power strips for people to use. It's where the dance party is, and the vid show, and it's just an awesome space to hang out in."[2]
  • "It's a really good con, if you want the full blast ficcer-con experience. If you want to be eased into fic cons with something a little slower paced, this is not the con for you." [3]

Playlists for the Vid Shows are here.


flyer for the 2006 convention

The first CON.TXT was held June 16–18, 2006; it featured two and a half days of tech, meta and fandom-specific panels, a Friday night party, a Saturday vid show, an art show, and a combined Dealers' Room and Con Suite (aka the ConSweet). Some highlights included the Fandom Spelling Bee, the 'Hot Topic' panels, and the Con Comm Favorites Vid Show (offline, archived here)..[4] The con was attended by 172 fans.[5] Programming is archived here..

2006: Convention Panel Notes

2006: Convention Reports


In 2008 CON.TXT was held June 13–15 and was attended by 171 fans. Many of the same features from the last con were present, including the art show, where fans raised $1700 dollars for the con charity, Heifer International.[18] Some popular panels at the 2008 con included 'Creating Fandom as a Safe Space for Fen of Color', 'John Sheppard - Action Hero as Dork' and 'Writing Longer Stories.'[19] There was also a vid show. Playlist is here (offline, archived here). .[20]

2008: Additional Programming

2008: Convention Reports


In 2010, CON.TXT was held June 18–20. 2010 Programming can be found here and the Vid show playlist is here (offline, archived here).[28]

2010: Convention Reports

  • "I remember last year I went to a slash writers' con called CON.TXT. It was a very small con - about 200 people - and it was a sea of women, that's for sure. There were literally three men in attendance, by all reports, and one of them was the son of a woman who had been in the slash writing community for years. The other was his friend, and the third was a gay guy no one knew. From what I heard him speaking up in panel Q&As, he was interested in the question of why gay men didn't tend to read slash. His take on it seemed to be not so much that gay men felt objectified by slash, but that not a lot of them identified with the POVs in slash."[29]
  • "When we got back, I went to the Open Source panel run by Synecdochic and Cesy. This was a pretty decent panel on AO3 and Dreamwidth, but it was not exactly the panel I wanted*, which is the problem when you cannot run all of the panels yourself. I wanted a panel to talk about how remix culture and free software were sort of similar to and sort of different from media fandom. The panel it was, though, went well and was informative, and will hopefully lead people to volunteer with AO3 or Dreamwidth or both."[30]
  • "Then it was the vid show. First we did the quiet room, and there were some lovely vids, including a fascinating femslash vid where Starbuck of new BSG and Vala of SG meet like ships in the night. It was a rare pair story in three minutes and so well done. I don't do RPS, but there was an adorable Mythbusters vid to a song called James Bondage, and it was an absolute hoot. Then we adjourned to the Noisy Room for part two of the show, where there were also some excellent vids. Things ended on a high note with a gorgeous Hot Fuzz vid, which made one feel warm and uplifted and - well – fuzzy inside. :-)"[31]
  • "So I went to the Holmes panel and sat between synecdochic and melannen, who recognized me based on my shopping bag of Star Trek books, and then I went down the hall to mod the Star Trek paracanon panel. It was a lot of fun, and I thought it went pretty well; it mostly was a conversation in which all of us wound up proselytizing our favorite bits of the paracanon while I wrote semi-random things on the big notepad. Fun times, to be sure, and I managed to score a physical copy of The Empty Chair at the book swap, as well as a random New Frontier book and a book about early Star Trek fandom, and then we also managed to dump the leftovers on the swap table despite the con suite technically being closed, FTW. We are stealthy!"[32]
  • "There was an interesting discussion in the "Kinked for Kink Memes" session about privacy and fandom. It was very evident that a lot of fans approach things very differently from me (and many of the people I know personally in fandom). Not that my LJ & DW are linked to my facebook or anything, but I work at a sex-positive Gay & Lesbian non-profit and I never intend to be any kind of public figure and so I don't think that I have quite the same concerns as, for example, the person who said she works for the government and has family members with very high security clearances. I did feel condescended to a bit at times like people thought the only legitimate way to exist on the internet and in fandom is anonymously, but they're entitled to their opinions and if my decisions bite me in the ass someday then they do and I'm sure I'll be fine one way or another. Plus I really do understand that people have legitimate concerns and people's jobs are much more important to them than fandom is, but I've grown up doing this stuff since a very young age. All my friends have always known about fic and slash. We all read each other's LJs growing up. If someone wanted to dig up details about my fannish life, then they could. That ship sailed a very long time ago."[33]
  • con.txt! yay! dated June 21, 2010[34]


  • Was held June 15–17, 2012
  • Twitter hashtag was #Contxt
  • At the art auction, a quilted bag sold for $200, and a Bucky Barnes photomanip by DigitalWave went for $450.
  • The total con.txt raffle earnings for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières and The Trevor Project came to $867.00.
  • Vid show playlist is here (offline, archived here).[35]

2012: Convention Reports and Panel Notes


Con.txt 29014 was held 13-15, 2014. The Vid Show Playlist is archived here

2014: Convention Reports



Vid Show – CON.TXT 2018, Archived version

Con.txt 2018 - Vid Show Report, Archived version


Due to the coronovirus pandemic, the 2020 convention was held as a single-day virtual convention only July 25, 2020.[59]


  • Welcome to CON.TXT 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
  • Canon, Fanon, Fever Dream - 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
  • Best Friends Squad! She-Ra Wrap-Up Feels - 11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
  • The Untamed Discussion Conference - noon - 12:50 p.m.
  • Singalong Vid Show 3 - 1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
  • Star Wars: Darth Disney 2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
  • Introduction to Starfleet Legal Principles 3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
  • C-Novels That Aren't MDZS 4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
  • Catharsis - Vid Show - 5 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
  • I, Murderbot 6 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.
  • CON.TXT 2020 Vid Show 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Playlist is archived here)
  • CON.TXT 2020 Wrap-Up 9:45 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • f/f forever: Queer Women Represent! 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
  • Advanced Fic Finding 11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
  • Let's Do the Fanwarp Again noon - 12:50 p.m.
  • Hey, how would you pronounce ❤?" 1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
  • Bring Your Fandom to Work 2 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
  • How Is This So Hot? 3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
  • Baby's First Fanfic 4 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
  • Civic Engagement for Introverts 5 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
  • So You Want to Make a Vid 6 p.m. - 6:50 p.m.
  • Financial Crime for Fun and Profit 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
  • Werewolf Torts and Undead Annuities III 11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.*


Due to the coronovirus pandemic, the 2020 convention was held as a three-day virtual convention: June 25-27, 2021[61]




  • Panels and vid shows[63]
  • 3 hr main vid show (Saturday)[64]


  • Panels and vid shows[65]


Virtual convention held on the Conline Club platform with convention Discord.

Vid Shows

Some Vids We Liked

Problem (Remaster)'''' Captain America: The First
Avenger & Captain America: The Winter Soldier
kuwdora & talitha78
No Plot, Just Thirst Judge Dredd condnsdmlk
Muppet Goncharov'''' The Muppets (Various) Airawyn Summers
Good Vibrations'''' Multi Krim
A Quake!'''' Hogan's Heroes Vielmouse
I Gotta Feelin''''' The Muppets (Various) Countessmry
She Works Hard for the
KinnPorsche the Series La
9 to 5 Succession hermajestythespinach
Human Behaviour The Favourite Corbae
Gimme More'''' Nope findmeinthealps
Can't Hold Us'''' Hannibal Desdemon
Dante's Prayer'''' Star Trek II: The Wrath of
& Star Trek III: The
Search for Spock

We Only Listen To Mountain Goats

Title Vidder Fandom
No Children Xandra Community (2009)
Dilaudid lilly_the_kid Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
The Autopsy Garland isozyme Word of Honor (2021)
This Year indigostohelit Cobra Kai (TV) (2018) & The Karate Kid Series (1984+) (1984)
Cry for Judas ascatman Gravity Falls (2015)
Balance absternr Nirvana In Fire (2015)
International Small Arms Traffic Blues Sebastian Dean Better Call Saul (2015) & Breaking Bad (2008)
Love Love Love Rowan Oake Revolutionary Girl Utena (1990)
The Least That We Could Do seekingferret Indecent (2017)
Michael Myers Resplendent Vector Spector Halloween II (1981)
Rain in Derry Periru3 It (1990), It part 1 (2017) & It part 2 (2019)
Hail Satan Tafadhali Stranger Things (2016)
Nameless Bodies, Unremembered Rooms stardust_rain Star Wars: Andor (2022)
IKARI: The Last Thing That I Do LEONHART The End of Evangelion (1997)
Feasting and Dancing seekingferret Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) & Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)


CON.TXT Show Intro by Corbae Spring Rain by Aaron Ximm
Fixerupper by Rhea314 Fixerupper by Tayla Parx Beyond Evil (2021)
War of Hearts by AurumCalendula War of Hearts by Ruelle Nv Er Hong (2023)
Fashion by lolathexxiii Fashion by David Bowie Till the End of the Moon (2023)
Who the Hell is Edgar? by Aaronantium Who the Hell Is Edgar? by Teya and Salena Mob Psycho 100 (2016), Multifandom (1000) & Red Dwarf (1988)
Invisible Thread by Diana Williams Invisible Thread by Matt Gould & Griffin Matthews Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?! (2020) & Cherry Magic! Thirty Years Of Virginity Can Make You A Wizard?!: The Movie (2022)
The Brave by nu_breed The Brave by Shapeshifter My Country: The New Age (2019)
The City by Vielmouse The City by The 1975 The Sentinel (1996)
mirror in the sky by BeatriceEagle Landslide by Robyn Sherwell 12 Monkeys (2015), Doctor Who (2005), Farscape (1999), Looper (2012), Predestination (2015), Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973) & Star Trek: Voyager (1995)
Fast Car by sandalwoodbox Fast Car by Tracy Chapman Little Women (2022)
Dancing in the Dark by starlady Dancing in the Dark by Lucy Dacus Ms. Marvel (2022)

Nearly New

Title Vidder Fandom
CON.TXT Show Intro Corbae
seven BeatriceEagle Psych (2006)
Stray Italian Greyhound sandalwoodbox Dear Missy (2020)
Aint Misbehavin Rhea314 Chicago Typewriter (2017)
Small Talks marah sarie Miss Sherlock (2018)
You and Me starlady Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022)
Totally Fucked Diana Williams Loki (2021)
Youre So Vain Cassie Ingaben From Eroica with Love (1976)
Youre Really Pretty, Girl Allekha Hikari no Densetsu (1986)
Thoughts (Both Cassandra And Duncan Versions) Vielmouse Highlander: The Series (1992)
Blank Page nu_breed Mad Dog (2017)
Velodrome Rhea314 Little Women (2022)
Dead Of Night AurumCalendula The Vampires (2022)
Monster AurumCalendula Killjoys (2015)
Where Is the World Going? Dee Laundry BPM: Beats per Minute (2017)
Crowded Table sandalwoodbox Papa Daddy (2021)

Let's Get Animated

Title Vidder Fandom
CON.TXT Show Intro Corbae
Blank Space Tigrin Death Note (2006)
Mr. Suave MomtoCutiePia Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto (2016)
Witching Hour 2009JoRose, AnneLabyrinth, CasualLove, FableSecrets, Just Me, PeanutbutterjellyXx, UnstableObsessions, WCRfan126 & xDivineMemoriesx Disney Movies (1950) & Multifandom (1000)
Spectrum Nekokitkat Multifandom (1000)
Monarch Iren S.S. Mononoke (2007)
Lily Blossom alchemyminiAMV Kase-san and Morning Glories (2018)
You Can (Not?) Alone LopezAMV Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance (2009), ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序 | Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (2007) & ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:Q | Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (2012)
Sanctuary Bleedgirl & TheNamelessDoll My Neighbor Totoro (1988), もののけ姫 | Princess Mononoke (1997), コクリコ坂から | From Up on Poppy Hill (2011), ハウルの動く城 | Howl's Moving Castle (2004), 借りぐらしのアリエッティ | The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), 千と千尋の神隠し | Spirited Away (2001), 崖の上のポニョ | Ponyo (2008) & 魔女の宅急便 | Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
Oh No! Periru3 Yuri!!! On Ice (2016)
Youth Lyrical Beauty Productions Revolutionary Girl Utena (1990)
Technicolor Dreamer Kireblue Little Witch Academia (2017)
Magic Eye ShinAMV Steins;Gate (2011)
Infinity FableSecrets, TheNight130, WCRfan126 & xDivineMemoriesx Disney Movies (1950)
JaAM Vivifx Multifandom (1000)

I'm Walking Into Spiderwebs

Title Vidder Fandom
CON.TXT Show Intro Corbae
Where Did You Sleep Last Night ohvienna Yellowjackets (2021
I’m (Not) Myself SasukeChanx Perfect Blue (1997)
Dilaudid LithiumDoll Hannibal (2013)
Control vanderwaalx Carrie (2013)
i can feel you winterevanesce The Exorcist (2017)
girl anachronism firstaudrina Interview with the Vampire (2022)
Bird Song aguntoaknifefight Crimson Peak (2015)
Empty Hands Shainira Haunting of Hill House (2019)
Sunshine Part 1 kiki_miserychic Westworld (2016)
For Emily hollywoodgrrl The Handmaiden's Tale (2016)
Black Magic Woman 17KSS Lovecraft Country (2020)
Community Gardens atlasofgalaxies The Magnus Archives (2016)
Millions silverelver Severance (2022)
Wonderwall Henriikka Fear Street (movies) (2021)
Undefeated Apprentiss Prey (2022)
Blinding Lights L3V1 4CK3RM4N Stranger Things (2016)


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  2. ^ arallara's comment in Chicago peeps, con.txt, and recs dated March 10, 2010 (offline, archived here).
  3. ^ Anonymous comment posted in fail-fandomanon's Con.txt thread dated April 13, 2012.
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  8. ^ WebCite for anel notes: The Return of Ray Vecchio!.
  9. ^ WebCite for Handout for the Pairing Inequities panel.
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  16. ^ WebCite for OMG!!! I had such an amazingly good time.
  17. ^ WebCite for quick Con.txt report by Shoshanna
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  35. ^ WebCite for the 2012 Vid Show.
  36. ^ WebCite for I'm at con.txt!.
  37. ^ WebCite for AO3 links, and con.txt panel.
  38. ^ WebCite for Con.Txt is, in fact, pretty damn awesome.
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  65. ^ 27th June, Archived version