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2020 General Information

Thursday, September 17, 2020- Sunday, September 20, 2020
Hyatt Regency at the Arch
St. Louis, Missouri

With optional Early Bird scheduled for Thursday, September 17, 2020

With optional Post Conference session scheduled for Sunday, September 20, 2020

If you’ve attended an ACFW conference before, you understand what the excitement’s about. Where else would you find this many people all devoted to writing and publishing Christian fiction?

Each year, hundreds of veteran authors and those just learning the craft of Christian fiction gather in a setting like this to hear skilled instructors, inspiring keynoters…to gain from the insights of industry professionals…to interact with other writers…and to present their ideas to agents and editors looking for stories like theirs, or to mentors who can help them move forward in their writing career.

The conference culminates with the Awards Gala, during which ACFW’s prestigious Carol Awards, Genesis Contest winners, and other industry honors will be awarded.

If you write Christian fiction—or want to learn how—the ACFW conference is an investment worth making. We hope you’ll join us on this exciting journey. ACFW, the Voice of Christian fiction.


    Type       SUPER SAVER Rate
(before May 29th deadline)  
    Standard Registration
(before July 15th deadline)  
    Late Registration Rate
(before August 31st deadline)  
    Walk-In Rates
(after August 31st deadline)  
    ACFW Members
    Does NOT include Early Bird session: Must be purchased separately    
Does NOT include Early Bird session: Must be purchased separately
Daily Rate
(Thursday, Friday, or Saturday) Does NOT include Early Bird or Awards Gala ticket
(Meals Only)
Thurs - Sat
No workshops or general sessions included. Package only-meals may not be purchased individually. This DOES include the Awards Gala.
Awards Gala Only$300$300$300$300
Early Bird Session
Optional add-on session on Thursday, September 17th, 8am-12:30pm)
PS: Post-Conference Special Session
Optional add-on session on Sunday, September 20th, 8am-12:30pm
ALL conference registration orders will be charged a $25.00 processing fee.

The Registration fee includes:

  • Conference Workshops and program activities
  • Conference Meals (Thursday night dinner, breakfast and lunch on Friday, Saturday lunch, and the Awards Gala on Saturday**).PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT WITH AN EVENT AS LARGE AS OURS, WE ARE LIMITED REGARDING SPECIAL DIETARY REQUESTS AND CAN OFFER ONLY VEGETARIAN OR GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS. While we understand there are many other allergies/special requests, we are unable to accommodate any requests other than GLUTEN-FREE or VEGETARIAN.
  • All appointments are available on a first pay, first scheduled basis: editors, agents, specialty, and mentoring.
  • Applicable materials

Please note: Hotel accommodation fees are NOT included in the registration fee.

Full payment will be required to secure your registration. Payment can be made by credit card (through PayPal: you do NOT have to have a PayPal account) or check. Your registration will be confirmed by a separate email after payment is received. Credit card payments are processed almost immediately; registrations by check payments will be confirmed by separate email after the check clears and is deposited to the ACFW account (approx. two weeks after receipt).


Cancellation can be made until NOON CENTRAL August 19, 2020. Prior to the deadline, refunds will be made in the manner in which payment was received, minus $50 handling fee; cancellations after the deadline will not be refunded.

Returned Check Policy

There is a $50.00 fee for all returned checks.


May 29, 2020(5:00 PM CENTRAL): Deadline for SUPER SAVER registration rates.

July 15, 2020(5:00 PM CENTRAL): Deadline for STANDARD registration rates.

August 19, 2020(NOON CENTRAL): Cancellation Deadline. Prior to the deadline, refunds will be made in the manner in which payment was received, minus $50 handling fee; cancellations after the deadline will not be refunded.

August 31, 2020: Last day to select mail-in payment option.

August 31, 2020(5:00 PM CENTRAL): Deadline for LATE registration rates.

August 31, 2020(5:01 PM CENTRAL): WALK-IN rates apply.



Suggested conference attire is business casual. Since meeting rooms can vary in temperature, a light sweater or jacket would be good to have on hand. Comfortable shoes should be considered a must, as quite a bit of walking is involved. Dress in layers, and select clothing that is comfortable for you, clothing that makes you feel confident and professional.

You are encouraged to study the workshop sessions carefully before registering. Due to severe space limitations, conferees will need to attend only the sessions chosen at registration. NOTE: In an effort to be as environmentally responsible as possible, handouts for sessions will not be available onsite. You’ll receive handouts for your sessions via email the week prior to conference. If you purchase the complete syllabus, that drive containing all handouts will be included in your registration packet.

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Thursday Night Dinner: Milestones Celebrations As we began with the 2018 conference, ACFW will bestow another honor for member novelists whose careers have reached significant publishing milestones. It’s the conveniently named Milestone Pin. During Thursday night dinner at the ACFW conference, novelists who have reached landmarks of 25, 50, 75, 100, or 100+ published novels (traditionally, QIP*, or a combination) will receive a beautiful ACFW pin marking that accomplishment. Pins will be reserved based on criteria determined during authors’ registration for the conference—those that received the pins last year will not this year, unless they have reached the next level of milestone. An author must be present at the Thursday night dinner at the conference in September to receive their pin. As stated earlier, pins are awarded for book titles in increments of 25, re-releases not included. This is not only an honor, but a photo opp that will resonate throughout the industry.

Breakfast on Friday morning is designated as the Zone Breakfast. Make face-to-face connections with ACFW members from your area. Tables will be designated by zones for this meal. Swap stories and contact information, share local research interest, and establish friendships or the beginnings of new ACFW local chapters. Chapters recognition.

The Gala event on Saturday evening is a formal awards banquet. Dress code will be enforced. Attire is Sunday best-to-formal. Attendees may dress to reflect their cultural heritage, religious beliefs, or military status – but no costumes or character attire will be allowed at this formal event.

Because of our contract with the hotel and recording companies, recording and/or videotaping is only allowed by ACFW or ACFW’s contracted recording company.


Many conference attendees have serious sensitivities to fragrances. Please refrain from using perfume, scented lotions, oils, etc.


The ACFW conference is a professional event. Babies (even nursing infants) and children under the age of 14 are not allowed in any general sessions, meals, worship sessions, workshops, or spotlights.



ACFW reserves the right to refuse conference registration if deemed in the best interest of the corporation and its membership.


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You must be at least 18 years old to attend conference without a parent/guardian present with you at all times.

Participation of an individual presenter, agent, editor, or publisher in the ACFW conference does not constitute endorsement by ACFW. Conference attendees are advised to use due diligence and take personal responsibility when choosing industry professionals with whom to schedule appointments or enter into agreement.