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free membership to MidSouthCon available through 1/31

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following free membership is available now, first-come first-serve:

  • MidSouthCon, March 24–26, 2017, Memphis, TN, USA. MidSouthCon is the longest-running annual ran-run multi-genre Science Fiction Convention in the Mid-South. Its GoHs are: Author GoH – Jack Campbell; Comics GoH – Tom DeFalco; Science GoH – Les Johnson; Artist GoH – Matt Stawicki; Gaming GoH – Keith Baker; Editor GoH – Allan Gilbreath; Toastmaster – Michael Bielaczyc; and Toastmaster – Paul Bielaczyc.

    An individual has donated one membership to MidSouthCon, which must be claimed by January 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!

Ways to support Con or Bust on #GivingTuesday

On this Giving Tuesday, a quick reminder of the ways you can support Con or Bust and help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons:

  • Donate money directly;
  • Shop at Amazon;
  • Donate con memberships; and/or
  • Buy a T-shirt.

Donating Money

If you have a PayPal account and would like to make a one-time donation, please consider following this link to the PayPal Giving Fund; through December 31, PayPal will add 1% to your donation (and deduct no fees).

One-time donations by credit card can be made by clicking the PayPal button below (PayPal deducts a reduced charity fee from these donations).

You can also make a recurring donation with a PayPal account:

How often would you like to donate automatically?

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Or you can mail a donation to:

Con or Bust, Inc.
P.O. Box 9432
Niskayuna, NY 12309

Amazon Smile

If you shop at Amazon, you can have Amazon automatically donate a portion of your purchases to Con or Bust.

Click on the above banner, log in, and every time you start shopping from, a portion of your eligible purchases will be donated to Con or Bust.

Donating Con Memberships

You can donate SFF con memberships on behalf of a con or as an individual; please email with the following information:

  1. The con you are donating memberships to, or other support for;
  2. What information you need about the recipients to register them; and
  3. When you need that information by.

Buy a T-shirt

Finally, you can buy a T-shirt with Con or Bust’s logo.

Con or Bust, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which means that donations to Con or Bust are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Invisible 3 call for submissions

Jim Hines and Mary Anne Mohanraj have put out a call for submissions for essays and poems to be included in Invisible 3, an anthology whose proceeds benefit Con or Bust:

We’re looking for personal, first-hand stories between 400 and 1000 words talking about the impact of SF/F stories and what it’s like to see yourself misrepresented or erased, or relegated to the backgrounds. We’re also interested in the ways underrepresented and marginalized writers have worked to reclaim space in the genre.

While the primary focus is on these personal essays, we’d like to incorporate a few poems for this volume as well.

Proposals are due by December 1; head to Jim’s site for more details.

Con or Bust now accepts automatic recurring donations

I am pleased to announce that you can now make automatic recurring donations to Con or Bust, via PayPal, to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons. If this is something you’d like to do, the sign-up form is below the read more!

(You can also provide monetary support through one-time donations and shopping at Amazon; please see the Support page for full details.)

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last-minute free passes to Salt Lake Comic Con

Fans of color/non-white fans, the following free passes are available, first-come first-serve:

  • Salt Lake Comic Con, September 1-3, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. Salt Lake Comic Con is the largest comic con in North America per capita.

    An individual has donated (1) a Thursday-only pass and (2) two all-con children’s passes (require an adult with a wristband to accompany them). The recipient will need to go to preregistration on August 31 or register starting at 8:00 a.m. on September 1 to get a wristband for entry. Note that Mark Hamill and William Shatner will be on panels at an arena across the street from the con on Thursday, which the Thursday pass wristband will allow access to.

    These passes should be claimed by Tuesday, August 30.

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!

This is an archive view of Con or Bust's 2013-2016 auctions and posts. For the 2017 auction, to request assistance, and other current information, please see Con or Bust's main site.