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).
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Con or Bust News
- 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.
The following cons have recently donated memberships to Con or Bust:
- FantasyCon 2017, 29th September – 1st October, 2017, Peterborough UK.
Here is the full list of conventions to which memberships are available.
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.
- 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!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.