reminder: request assistance November 1st-10th (new dates)

Reminder: fans of color/non-white fans, you can request assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons from November 1st through November 10th (these are new dates, please take note!).

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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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new free memberships, hotel rooms

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

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. In addition, the Boston Speculative Fiction Writing Group has donated one.


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.


The following assistance can be requested from November 1st-10th (to start with; but, not right away):

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). In addition, the Boston Speculative Fiction Writing Group has donated one.


WorldCon 76, August 16-20, 2018, San Jose, CA, USA (@worldcon2018). Worldcon is the annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS). Its Guests of Honor are: Spider Robinson, Author; Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Author; Pierre & Sandy Pettinger, Fans; Edgar Pangborn, Ghost of Honor; Bob Wilkins, gHost of Honor; Frank Hayes, Music Guest of Honor; John Picacio, Art Guest of Honor.

WorldCon 76 has donated six attending 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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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Heinlein critical study by Farah Mendlesohn to benefit Con or Bust

Hugo award-winning critic and historian Farah Mendlesohn has successfully crowd-funded a book that is a major new critical study of the writings of Robert A. Heinlein, and her share of subsequent proceeds is to be divided between Con or Bust and The Foundation for America’s Blood Centers. You can still pledge to preorder the book, and get other awesome rewards, over at Unbound; the book will also be available for retail sale.

If you choose to pledge, the lovely people at Unbound have created a promo code for 10% off your pledge: enter CONORBUST10 at checkout to redeem it.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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request assistance November 1-10 (new dates); assistance to be available

Fans of color/non-white fans:

Con or Bust will be accepting requests for assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons from November 1-10, 2017, not November 15-25, as in the past. This is a change to all future request periods, which will all run during the first ten days of the month, every three months (February, May, August, and November).

The following new assistance can be requested at that time:

CON.TXT, July 27-29, 2018, Arlington, VA, USA (@contxt_announce). CON.TXT is a media con, a place for fans to gather and celebrate the joy of fandom, a place where you can indulge in endless conversation about your favorites, debate metaslash topics of great import, and squee, all in the company of like-minded folk.

CON.TXT has donated one membership and one hotel room night to Con or Bust. The recipient must be 18 years of age or older.


Dublin 2019, August 15-19, 2019, Dublin, Ireland (@dublin2019). Dublin 2019 is the first WorldCon in Ireland and the 77th WorldCon (aka not next year, but the year after).

Dublin 2019 has donated twelve 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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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reminder: request assistance through Friday, August 25

Fans of color/non-white fans: a reminder that you can request assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons now through this Friday, August 25, 2017. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. (Please note the updated policy regarding travel insurance!) For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Please feel free to comment with any questions, and please spread the word!

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free memberships (still!) available to GeekGirlCon

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

GeekGirlCon, September 30 & October 1, 2017, Seattle, WA, USA. GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women world-wide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.

GeekGirlCon donated ten fifteen twenty passes to Con or Bust; four remain available and should be claimed by September 26, 2017.

(I’m making a separate post for this because I’d briefly moved the con off the “available” list on the main page, so wanted to let anyone know who’d checked during that time!)

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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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new free memberships:Octocon, 6-8 October 2017, Dublin, Ireland

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

Octocon, 6-8 October 2017, Dublin, Ireland. Octocon, the National Irish Science Fiction Convention, is a weekend celebration of our favourite stories from books, comics, TV, films and games; attracting artists, writers, film-makers and fans from across the human sphere of influence. Its Guests of Honor are Dan Abnett and Nik Abnett.

Octocon has donated two memberships, to be claimed by September 30, 2017.

To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. (Now through August 25, monetary assistance to any upcoming SFF con, as well as memberships to specific cons, may be requested.) For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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request assistance now through August 25

Fans of color/non-white fans: you can request assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons now through August 25, 2017. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. (Please note the updated policy regarding travel insurance!) For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Please feel free to comment with any questions, and please spread the word!

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updated policy regarding requesting monetary assistance

Fans of color/non-white fans: as of now, if you request monetary assistance from Con or Bust for non-refundable expenses, i.e., flights (or, occasionally, hotel pre-payment), you are required to purchase travel cancellation insurance.

Here is some background information on travel insurance: a short article from Consumer Reports; USA Today on comparing plans; and Frommers.com’s Top 8 Travel Insurance Providers. Con or Bust is requiring travel cancellation insurance, so we can get back at least part of the cost of your non-refundable plane tickets if you have to cancel. Any other kind of insurance is not mandatory.

Monetary assistance can next be requested August 15-25. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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