Artists Alley Lottery

Anthrocon 2017 Artists Alley Lottery

Welcome to the Anthrocon Artists' Alley Lottery page!

If you are looking for the form, click here.
If you are looking for the 2016 Lottery Results, they are available here.

Below you will find information regarding our lottery process.

Please see the Anthrocon Artists' Alley main page for more information on getting into Artists' Alley, and for the official rules.

Selection Information and Selection Prioritization

  • No artist will receive a seat on a day they did not request
  • We will endeavor to ensure that all participants get a seat in Alley for at least one day, but cannot guarantee this based on the number of lottery applicants
  • Friday:

    • Random selection, until all seats are full, or all artists have a seat.
  • Saturday:

    • Artists who wanted but did not get a seat Friday
    • Followed by random selection as above
  • Sunday:

    • Artists who wanted but did not get a seat Friday, and did not want a seat Saturday
    • Followed by Artists who wanted but did not get a seat Saturday
    • Followed by random selection as above
Detailing the Randomizing

Random.org will be used to randomize the list. Here's how the Artists' Alley Director will process the randomization:
  1. Load the Random.org List Randomizer
  2. Input names of the verified lottery entries in alphabetical order
  3. Click the "switch to advanced mode" button
  4. Click the "Use pregenerated randomization from" button
  5. Select June 16, 2017 as the key. This is a pseudorandom string generated on the date of the lottery, such that nobody, not even Alley Management, knows the order Random.org will give us.
  6. Click "Randomize". This will generate the list of lottery winners.
  • For Friday, the first 128 people on the randomized list will receive seats in Friday's Alley.
  • For Saturday, any overflowing names from Friday who also requested a seat for Saturday (if there are any) will be prioritized for placement.
    • The randomization process is then repeated using the list of those requesting seats on Saturday, removing duplicates who have already received a seat, and assigning the remainder of the 128 seats.
  • For Sunday, any artist who wanted a seat Friday, but did not get one, and did not want a seat Saturday will be prioritized for placement.
    • Second, any artist who wanted a seat Saturday but did not get one will be second priority.
    • The randomization process is then repeated using the list of those requesting seats on Sunday, removing duplicates who have already received a seat, and assigning the remainder of the 128 seats.

  • If there are fewer than 384 artists who sign up to the lottery, then some people will get a table for more than one day.
    • In recent years, most artists have been able to get a seat for every day they select.
    • We cannot guarantee that this will be the case in the future, however.
  • If there are fewer than 128 artists who sign up for the lottery, then everyone will get a table for all days they request.
    • Again, there is no guarantee of there being seats available, based on the number of applicants.
  • If you desperately need to have a seat for the duration of the convention, you should consider getting a Dealer's Table in the future.

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