Maker Market

Penguicon is a do-it-yourself convention. In keeping with this, we curate a Maker Market, rather than a standard vendor hall. All of our Makers bring goods that they have handmade, or at least self-designed. It is a collection of unique, creative artists who love what they do and share that love with the rest of us.

Artists: Our 2024 Maker Market Application is now OPEN! Please fill out this form. 

In the interest of transparency, we’d like to share with you a little more info about our 2024 Makers Market.

Penguicon 2024 is located this year at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest from April 26th to April 28th. The new location allows us more space and more makers this year! Please read the application carefully.

Our Maker Market is just that… Makers. We only accept vendors whose items are handmade, with exceptions being artists who offer prints of their original artwork, and an occasional exception for creators who have more commercially-produced versions of their original designs. We have a STRICT one-artist-per-booth policy. Please be sure to mention anything you may be bringing/selling, and do not bring items you have not been juried in for (at least not without checking with the Head of Maker Market first). Penguicon is requiring Masks for 2024. You can read our Mask Policy located in our Code of Conduct. 

We tend to get a great deal more applications than we could ever possibly accept, and our vendors are chosen via a jury process performed by that year’s ConCom.

What a Penguicon Maker Table provides our Makers:

  • Penguicon 2024 will provide a 6′ table, 2 chairs, and one membership/badge. (For either “Secure Room” or “Hallway” tables)
  • A second membership may be purchased for a discounted vendor price.
  • Any further badges must be purchased at full price.
  • A dedicated Maker Profile with a link to your website, on our Sched.com scheduling app provided to every attendee.
  • Maker Profiles in our digital Penguicon Souvenir Book.
“Secure Room” tables must be manned during the entirety of the Maker Market official hours, with the room being locked securely when Maker Market is not open. For 2024 our “Secure Room” is expansive and central to all Penguicon Programming. We recommend this area for the most foot traffic during the con.
“Hallway” tables are generally in the lobby-type areas, and allow you to stay open longer hours, if you wish. We still request that you stay open during official Maker Market hours. There is no security, and you should break down your tables when Maker Market is not open. Penguicon accepts no responsibility for your merchandise during off hours. For 2024 “Hallway” Makers will be placed in various areas around the hallways. There may not be a central “Hallway” Makers area. If you are looking for a more central location, we recommend utilizing our “Secure Room”All Table Displays must remain within the 6ft Table space and Makers may not utilize the open spaces between tables to place additional displays. Should a Maker’s display be set up outside of their designated table, we will ask such display be removed.

Any questions, choices, or other parts of this form are not intended to be a promise of anything to come, and is in no way a contract, either for Penguicon or for the applicants.Applications will close at Midnight on January 15, 2024. 

Questions? Email: [email protected] 

The deadline for application will be January 15, 2024. Jurying will be processed by February 1st.

If you are interested in getting a heads-up when applications open for future years, please fill out this form to opt into that mailing list.