Archive for February, 2017

new free con memberships: TGIF/F; OryCon

Fans of color/non-white fans, I’m pleased to announce the following new memberships to upcoming cons:

  • TGIF/F, April 7-9, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, USA. TGIF/F is a multi-fandom femslash convention designed to bring together various fan communities to build connections, encourage discussion, and create art; its programming includes panels on SFF genre works, fantasy, video games, and more topics of SFF interest.

    TGIF/F has donated five passes to Con or Bust, which are available now, first-come first-serve.

  • OryCon, November 17-19, 2017, Portland, OR, USA. OryCon is Oregon’s premier, fan run, annual science fiction/fantasy convention held in Portland since 1979. Its Guests of Honor are Timothy Zahn; Briana Lawrence (Brichibi Cosplays) and Jessica Walsh (Snow Tigra); David Boop; and Sarah Clemens.

    OryCon has donated ten memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by October 31, 2017. These can be requested during February 15-25, 2017 (the upcoming request-assistance period).

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 February 15-25, 2017

Reminder to fans of color/non-white fans: you can request assistance from Con or Bust to attend upcoming SFF cons four times a year, and the next time is February 15-25, 2017. Please check out the Request Assistance page to see how the process works. There are also free memberships available at the Upcoming Cons page, but you can request assistance to any upcoming SFF con, not just the ones listed there! Thanks, and please spread the word.

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Announcing Elections for Con or Bust’s Board of Directors!

In March, Con or Bust’s Board of Directors will be electing up to four members to the Board, for terms of up to three years. Anyone can be a candidate; if you are interested, or if you want to encourage someone else to run, please read on for more information.

What’s the Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors runs Con or Bust, Inc. At present, the Board chooses to have day-to-day affairs handled by the Secretary/Treasurer, with the Board supervising and advising. The Board currently has five members: Zen Cho, Tanya DePass, Kate Nepveu (Secretary/Treasurer), Mark Oshiro (President), and Diana Pho. Zen and Mark’s terms expire at the next annual meeting, which will be held in March (edit: March 19).

The Board is governed by by-laws and a conflict of interest policy, and by the laws applicable to not-for-profit corporations in New York State. In particular, Directors may not receive assistance from Con or Bust while serving on the Board or for one year after their service ends. Directors also receive no salary or compensation for their service.

How many open seats will there be?

Four seats, even though only two Directors’ terms are expiring. Under the by-laws, the Board can have between three and seven members, and at each annual meeting, the Board holds an election for the maximum number of empty seats.

How are Directors elected?

A candidate is elected if they receive a majority vote of the Directors whose terms haven’t expired.

How long do Directors serve for?

The default term is three years. A Director can agree to a shorter term, in order to stagger when Directors’ terms expire.

I’m interested. How do I become a candidate?

Great! Please send an email to katenepveu@con-or-bust.org that says who you are, why you want to serve on Con or Bust’s Board, and what you’ll bring to the Board if elected. Also include a statement under the conflict of interest policy after reviewing the list of entities with which Con or Bust currently has, or has had, commercial relationships with. Please submit this by March 3, 2017.

Please note that while the public does not elect Directors, Con or Bust is committed to transparency, and therefore candidates’ statements will be made public before the Board’s meeting.

The Board may ask candidates follow-up questions in writing before the Board meeting, or may ask candidates to attend the Board meeting (held via Skype, date forthcoming).

I have another question.

Please leave a comment or email katenepveu@con-or-bust.org.

Thanks for reading, and please spread the word widely!

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request assistance starting Wed Feb 15!

Reminder to fans of color/non-white fans: you can request assistance from Con or Bust to attend upcoming SFF cons four times a year, and the next time begins this week, Wednesday, February 15, and runs through February 25.

Please check out the Request Assistance page to see how the process works. There are also free memberships available at the Upcoming Cons page, but you can request assistance to any upcoming SFF con, not just the ones listed there! Thanks, and please spread the word.

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free memberships available to FantasyCon

The following new free memberships are available now for fans of color/non-white fans:

  • FantasyCon 2017, 29th September – 1st October, 2017, Peterborough UK. Fantasycon is an essential annual destination for readers, writers, artists, editors, and publishers of all things Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction, run in partnership with the British Fantasy Society.

    FantasyCon has donated two weekend memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by August 31, 2017.

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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Con or Bust now has a newsletter!

Con or Bust now has a newsletter, to be sent out approximately every two weeks, containing news and reminders about Con or Bust activities, upcoming conventions, and other matters related to diversity in SFF fandom. If you’d like to keep up with Con or Bust without being overwhelmed by auction posts in the near future, sign up below. This is strictly opt-in, your email address will not be shared, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

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The first newsletter will come out Friday, so sign up now!

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temporary email glitch

Our @con-or-bust.org emails are having a temporary hiccup; if it’s urgent please use con.or.bust@gmail.com or leave a comment here asking me to contact you (your email address will not be visible). This shouldn’t last long. Apologies for the inconvenience!

(Edit: this appears to be resolved, but feel free to cc con.or.bust@gmail.com if you’d like to be safe!)

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Con or Bust Newsletter for February 17, 2017

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Dear all,

Welcome to the first-ever Con or Bust newsletter, which will, approximately twice a month, update you on Con or Bust events and deadlines and bring you news related to diversity in SFF fandom (scholarships, workshops, calls for submissions, awards, and the like).

Your email address will always be kept private and you can unsubscribe at any time, at the bottom of the email.

Con or Bust News

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Through February 25, 2017: Con or Bust will be taking requests for monetary and other assistance to attend SFF cons. The Request Assistance page has all the details.
  • February 21, 2017: deadline to request a membership to HELIOsphere, March 10-12, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA.
  • March 3, 2017: deadline to become a candidate for election to Con or Bust’s Board of Directors.
  • March 15, 2017: deadline to request a membership to StokerCon, April 27-30, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA.

New Conventions

The following cons have recently donated memberships to Con or Bust:

Here is the full list of conventions to which memberships are available.

Upcoming Conventions

The following cons donated memberships to Con or Bust (or, occasionally, an individual donated memberships), and are happening now or soon, in case you’re looking for last-minute plans. Unless otherwise noted, memberships are not available to these cons.

  • Capricon, February 16-19, 2017, Wheeling, IL, USA.
  • Boskone, February 17-19, 2017, Boston, MA, USA.
  • Farpoint, February 17-19, 2017, Baltimore, MD, USA.
  • HELIOsphere, March 10-12, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA (two memberships available now).
  • MidSouthCon, March 24-26, 2017, Memphis, TN, USA.

Other News

  • As noted above, Con or Bust will be electing up to four members to its Board of Directors on March 19; candidate statements are due March 3. Anyone can be a candidate; if you are interested, or if you want to encourage someone else to run, head to the website for more information. Please spread the word — being a Director is a low time commitment, but Con or Bust depends on awesome people taking an interest!
  • Con or Bust’s annual auction will be held in April. Start thinking about things you might offer, or that you might like to see offered (feel free to send suggestions by replying to this newsletter; don’t worry, it doesn’t reply-all).
  • Reminder: if you shop at Amazon, you can have Amazon donate a portion of your eligible purchases to Con or Bust. Head directly to Amazon Smile, or check out Con or Bust’s website for all the ways to support Con or Bust!

Fandom News

  • The WisCon Member Assistance Fund is taking nominations (including self-nominations) through February 28, 2017. WisCon is May 26-29, 2017, in Madison, WI, USA.
  • Launch Pad, a workshop for established writers that aims to provide a crash course in modern astronomy science, is taking applications through March 1. It is held in Laramie, WY, USA from June 4-10, 2017. Launch Pad generally covers all workshop expenses including meals and lodging, and is sometimes able to offer travel assistance as well.
  • Applications to the Clarion workshop are due March 1, and two application fees are being waived for queer women of color; contact yap.isabel@gmail.com. Clarion is June 25 – August 5, 2017, in San Diego, CA, USA.
  • The Horror Writers Association is accepting applications through March 15, 2017, for its Scholarship From Hell, which includes a trip to StokerCon and participation in the intensive, hands-on workshop environment of “Horror University.” StokerCon is April 27-30, 2017, in Long Beach, CA, USA.
  • Editor Jaym Gates is gauging interest in an anthology called NEVERTHELESS, SHE PERSISTED and asking “What awesome female authors (especially POC and LGBTQ, ESPECIALLY immigrant and trans authors) should I be reaching out to?”
  • Tony C. Smith, creator of the podcast StarShipSofa, is Kickstarting “an e-book anthology of stories that offer a greater representation of ALL the people of this beautiful rich world” called Everyone: Worlds Without Walls, through March 11, 2017.
  • The Salam Award for imaginative fiction has been announced; it is a short story award to promote science fiction and related genres of writing in Pakistan, and will be judged in 2017 by Jeff VanderMeer, Usman Malik, and Mahvesh Murad. Original stories are to be submitted by July 31, 2017.

And finally, here is a cute animal picture, specifically a snow leopard cub asleep in an undignified position.

Thanks for reading! See you in a couple of weeks.

Kate Nepveu

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new free memberships to Lunacon

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

  • Lunacon, April 7-9, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA. Lunacon is the New York area’s longest-running Science Fiction convention, held a short trip north of New York City in Westchester County. Its guests are: Writer Guest of Honor Ben Bova; Artist Guest of Honor Bob Eggleton; Fan Guest of Honor Roberta Rogow; Musical Guests Boogie Knights; Special Guest Artist Marianne Plumridge.

    Lunacon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by March 17, 2017.

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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