new free memberships: Flower City Comic Con, Rochester, NY, USA

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following new free memberships are available for request now through February 10th (and thereafter first-come first-serve):


Flower City Comic Con, June 9-10, 2018, Rochester, NY, USA (@fc3roc). Flower City Comic Con is a multi-genre convention, whose goal is to bring you not just a convention, but an experience.

Flower City Comic Con has donated four weekend passes to Con or Bust, to be claimed by May 15, 2018.


To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

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free digital subscriptions to Locus Magazine

Fans of color/non-white fans:

Locus Magazine, covering the science fiction and fantasy field since 1968, is a monthly 8 1/2″ x 11″ full-color slick magazine, usually between 60 and 88 pages long. Locus publishes news of the science fiction, fantasy, horror, and young-adult publishing field, with extensive reviews and listings of new books, short fiction, and magazines. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Locus has donated twenty digital subscriptions to Con or Bust, for new subscribers only. Fans of color can choose between a free six-month subscription or a year subscription at the six-month price ($27)

To request a subscription, please use this form. If more than twenty requests are received by the end of Wednesday, February 14, 2018, subscriptions will be distributed by drawing numbers at random. If fewer than twenty requests are received by then, requests will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

(Locus has also donated two memberships to its 2018 Awards Weekend (Seattle, WA, USA), which should be requested through the usual process to request memberships.)

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request financial assistance now for Follycon (England, UK)

Fans of color/non-white fans, the following assistance can be requested now through February 10, 2018:


Follycon, 30 March – 2 April 2018, Harrogate, England, UK (@Follycon2018). Follycon is the 69th British National Science Fiction Convention, or Eastercon. Its Guests of Honour are Kieron Gillen, Christina Lake, Nnedi Okorafor and Kim Stanley Robinson.

NEW: Follycon has donated $1,400 to assist fans with other costs of attending Follycon.

Follycon has also donated five attending memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by March 1, 2018. Four have been claimed.


To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page, and please note that requests for monetary assistance must be submitted by the end of February 10, 2018. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

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request assistance now through February 10th

Fans of color/non-white fans: request assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons now through February 10th. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page.

For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page—which includes dedicated funds to attend the SFWA Nebula Conference, a hotel room night for CON.TXT, and much more.

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available soon: free memberships to VividCon

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following new free memberships will be available during the next request-assistance period, which is February 1st-10th, 2018:

VividCon, August 10-12, 2018, Chicago, IL, USA (@vividcon). VividCon is an annual convention for anyone who enjoys fanvids – watching them, talking about them, or making them. This will be VividCon’s last year.

VividCon has donated three memberships, to be claimed by June 1, 2018.

To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

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free memberships to StokerCon, Norwescon, Swancon

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following free memberships are available now, first-come first-served:

StokerCon, March 1st through March 4th, 2018, Providence, RI, USA (@StokerCon). StokerCon is the annual convention of The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy. Its Guests of Honor are Ramsey Campbell, Craig Engler, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Victor LaValle, Elizabeth Massie, Sam Weller, and Jeff Strand.

StokerCon has donated six memberships, to be claimed by February 20, 2018.


Norwescon, March 29–April 1, 2018, SeaTac, WA, USA (@norwescon). Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s Premier Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention and one of the largest regional Science Fiction and Fantasy conventions in the United States. While maintaining a primarily literary focus, Norwescon is large enough to provide a venue for many of the other aspects of Science Fiction and Fantasy and the interests of its fans such as anime, costuming, art, gaming, and much, much more. Its Guests of Honor are Ken Liu (Writer), Galen Dara (Artist), Mathew Wedel (Science), and Green Ronin Publishing (Spotlight Publisher).

Norwescon has donated four memberships, to be claimed by March 1, 2018.


Swancon, 29 March 2018 to 2 April 2018, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (@swancon). Swancon is the Australian Natcon in 2018. Its Guests of Honour are Kameron Hurley, Ryan J Griffen, Emily Smith and Wolf Bylsma.

Swancon has donated the following, to be claimed by the start of the con (29 March): 5 full memberships; 5 Friday memberships; 5 Saturday memberships; and 5 Sunday memberships.


To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

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Funds to attend SFWA Nebula Conference, memberships to Scintillation & Beach City Con

Fans of color/non-white fans, the following new assistance can be requested during February 1-10, 2018:

The 2018 SFWA Nebula Conference, May 17-20, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (@sfwa). The SFWA Nebula Conference focuses on three tracks relevant to professionals in the genre and allows attendees to choose from career management, professional development, and expert knowledge panels and workshops throughout the weekend, and includes the Nebula Awards ceremony and banquet. You do not have to be a SFWA member to attend.

The SFWA Givers Fund has awarded $4,000 to Con or Bust to enable people of color/non-white people attend SFWA Nebula Conferences.


Scintillation, October 5-7, 2018, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Scintillation is a small literary focused SF convention with program by Jo Walton; details at its Kickstarter page.

Scintillation has donated three memberships and $100 to Con or Bust.


Beach City Con, October 12 – 14, 2018, Virginia Beach, VA, USA (@beachcitycon). Beach City Con is a Steven Universe fan convention.

Beach City Con has donated four weekend passes, to be claimed by September 14, 2018.


To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

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many free memberships available now, first-come first-serve

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following free memberships are available now, first-come first-served:

Arisia, January 12-15, 2018, Boston, MA, USA (@arisia). Arisia is New England’s largest, most diverse sci-fi & fantasy convention. Its Featured Guests are: V. E. Schwab, Author Guest of Honor; Ashe Samuels, Artist Guest of Honor; Shannon Watters, Comics Industry Guest of Honor; Mikki Kendall, Fan Guest of Honor.

Arisia has donated ten memberships and two hotel rooms (three nights each; can be doubles if have, or willing to have, roommate also receiving Con or Bust assistance). One of the hotel rooms has been claimed. In addition, the Boston Speculative Fiction Writing Group (B-Spec) has donated one membership.


ConFusion, January 19-21, 2018, Detroit, MI, USA. ConFusion is the longest-running fan-run sf/f convention in Michigan and a premier event for publishing professionals and fans alike.

Apex Magazine has donated a membership to ConFusion.


Boskone, February 16-18, 2018, Boston, MA, USA (@boskonenews). Boskone is the longest-running science fiction & fantasy convention in New England. Its Guest of Honor is Mary Robinette Kowal; Special Guest: Craig Miller; Official Artist: Marianne Plumridge; Young Adult Fiction Guest: Tamora Pierce; Hal Clement Science Speaker: Catherine Asaro; and NESFA Press Guest: Nat Segaloff.

Boskone has donated two memberships, to be claimed by January 16, 2018. In addition, the Boston Speculative Fiction Writing Group (B-Spec) has donated one.


WhimsyCon, March 2 – 4, 2018, Denver, CO, USA (@shinygardengeek). WhimsyCon is Denver’s Steampunk and Costuming Convention. Its Author Guest of Honor is Milton Davis and its Costuming Guest of Honor is Kitty Krell.

WhimsyCon has donated twenty passes to Con or Bust, to be claimed by the start of the convention.


Starburst Media City Festival, 16th – 18th March 2018, Greater Manchester, England, UK (@starburstff). The Starburst Media City Festival is a multi-media Festival in the heart of Greater Manchester’s media zone, featuring literary programming, script-editing and adaptation workshops, and film screenings.

The Starburst Media City Festival has donated four tickets, to be claimed by 18th February.


Follycon, 30 March – 2 April 2018, Harrogate, England, UK (@Follycon2018). Follycon is the 69th British National Science Fiction Convention, or Eastercon. Its Guests of Honour are Kieron Gillen, Christina Lake, Nnedi Okorafor and Kim Stanley Robinson.

Follycon has donated five attending memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by March 1, 2018. Two have been claimed.


Ice & Fire Con, April 27-28, 2018, Mt Sterling, OH, USA. Ice & Fire Con is a convention themed around George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Ice & Fire Con has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by April 20, 2018. Note that attendees must be 18 years or older.


Penguicon, May 4-6, 2018, Southfield, MI, USA (@Penguicon). Penguicon is a non-profit, community-run convention for open source software and hardware, science fiction, gaming, DIY, and more!

An individual has donated two memberships, to be claimed by April 1, 2018.


WisCon, May 25-28, 2018, Madison, WI, USA. WisCon is a 1,000-member science fiction convention with a feminist/social justice focus. Its Guests of Honor are Saladin Ahmed and Tananarive Due.

An individual has donated one membership to WisCon.


To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

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