I have three exciting announcements today: the auction is coming soon; it’s now easier to request assistance; and specific assistance is available for many upcoming cons, including memberships available right now!
Mark your calendars: Con or Bust’s annual online auction will start Monday, February 10, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (GMT -5) and end Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. (I’m changing the end time from the usual midnight to make it easier for people in a wider range of time zones to make last-minute bids.) Start thinking about what you might like to auction or to see auctioned; I will update the auction information page soon with this year’s procedures.
Con or Bust takes requests from fans of color/non-white fans to attend SFF cons four times a year. Starting next request period (February 15-25, 2014), fans may request assistance to attend any forthcoming SFF con, not just ones in the quarter following the request period. This should give people greater flexibility in making their con-going plans. More details are on the Request Assistance page.
Memberships Available Now and Other Upcoming Cons
After the jump are all the many upcoming cons for which specific assistance is available, in chronological order (this list is also now available on the new Upcoming Cons page for easy reference, as well as in calendar form). This includes several cons for which memberships are immediately available, and major assistance to Worldcon and World Fantasy Con, so please check it out!
All descriptions are from the cons’ websites.
- Potlatch, February 21-23, 2014, San Jose, California. Potlatch is a small, literary speculative fiction convention with a single track of programming. Its Book of Honor, chosen by vote of the members, will be announced soon.
An individual has donated two memberships to Potlatch; another individual has donated two tickets to the Sunday morning banquet. NOTE: this con will happen before the next assistance period, so the memberships will be allocated starting immediately, first-come first-serve, through the memberships-only process listed on the Request Assistance page.
- FOGcon, March 7-9, 2014, Walnut Creek, CA, USA. FOGCon is a literary-themed San Francisco Bay Area SF/F con in the tradition of Wiscon. The Honored Guests are Seanan McGuire, Tim Powers, and James Tiptree, Jr. The 2014 theme will be secrets.
One membership remains of those that FOGcon has donated to Con or Bust. NOTE: because this con is happening so soon after the next assistance period, this membership will be allocated starting immediately, first-come first-serve, through the memberships-only process (and then through the request period if it’s still available).
- JOFcon, March 28-30, 2014, Linthicum, MD (near BWI airport). JOFcon is a collaborative convention for those who are interested in learning about convention running, teaching about convention running, and talking about fannish conventions.
JOFcon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust. NOTE: because this con is happening fairly soon after the next assistance period, the memberships will be allocated starting immediately, first-come first-serve, through the memberships-only process (and then through the request period if they’re still available).
- JordanCon 6, April 11-13, 2014, Roswell, GA, USA. JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late author, Robert Jordan. Its Guests of Honor are Patrick Rothfuss (Author), Larry Elmore (Artist), and the cast of TWoTCast (Toastmasters).
JordanCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust. NOTE: these must be claimed by March 1, 2014; therefore, the memberships will be allocated starting immediately, first-come first-serve, through the memberships-only process (and then through the request period if they’re still available).
- ConGregate, July 11-13, 2014, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. ConGregate is a new general SF convention being organized by a group of highly experienced convention runners. The featured guests are Larry Correia (Writer GoH), Mark Poole (Artist GoH), Toni Weisskopf (Special Literary Guest), and Jennifer McCollom (Special Media Arts Guest).
ConGregate has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.
- Detcon1, July 17-20, 2014, Detroit, MI, USA. Detcon1 is the 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), which is held in years when the Worldcon is held outside of North America. Detcon1’s Guests of Honor are Steven Barnes (Author), John Picacio (Artist), Bernadette Bosky (Fan), Arthur D. Hlavaty (Fan), Kevin J. Maroney (Fan), Helen Greiner (Scientist), Bill Sutton (Musician), and Brenda Sutton (Musician).
Detcon1 has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.
- Loncon 3, August 14-18, 2014, London, England, UK. Loncon is the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). Its Guests of Honor are Iain M Banks (in Memoriam), John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb, and Bryan Talbot.
An individual has donated one membership to Loncon.
In addition, Mary Kay and Jordin Kare have donated $1,000 to be used specifically to assist fans of color to attend Worldcon, whether this year’s or subsequent ones.
- GeekGirlCon, October 11-12, 2014, Seattle, WA, USA. GeekGirlCon is the celebration of the female geek. Contributors for 2014 have not been announced yet; here are some highlights from 2013.
GeekGirlCon has donated six passes to Con or Bust.
- World Fantasy Con 2014, November 6-9, 2014, Arlington, VA, USA. The World Fantasy Convention is an annual gathering of professionals, collectors, and others interested in the field of Light and Dark Fantasy art and literature. Its Guests of Honor are Guy Gavriel Kay, Les Edwards, Stuart David Schiff, Lail Finlay, and Jane Yolen.
WFC 2014 has donated a hotel room for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, as well as two banquet tickets.
If you would like to donate memberships or other con-specific assistance, please contact me at email@example.com. I look forward to adding more cons to this list!