Author: Kate Nepveu

Con or Bust Newsletter for March 1, 2017

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Dear all,

Welcome back to the Con or Bust newsletter, which approximately twice a month updates you on Con or Bust events and deadlines and brings 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

  • 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.
  • March 17, 2017: deadline to request a membership to Lunacon, April 7-9, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA.

New Conventions

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

  • Lunacon, April 7-9, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA.
  • CrossingsCon, August 4–August 6, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA.

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 notavailable to these cons.

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 — two days from now! 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’s continued operation depends on awesome people taking an interest!
  • Con or Bust’s annual auction will take place in mid-to-late April. Start thinking about what you might like to offer and what you might like to bid on — you’ll be able to offer items for bid well in advance of the auction (to be announced as soon as I get the website all squeaky-clean and ready).

Fandom News

  • 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.
  • Fear No Lit is accepting applications through August 31, 2017, for the Submerging Writer Fellowship. The Fellowship provides $500 toward AWP 18, $500 no-strings-attached, and a chapbook and launch party at AWP. Writers are eligible if they don’t have a book, a major award, or current participation in an MFA/PhD program.
  • Writing the Other is offering a five-week online course titled Writing Inclusive Fiction, taught by Nisi Shawl and K Tempest Bradford, that runs from April 6 – May 14, 2017. Pay-what-you-can-afford and scholarships are available (deadline March 28).

And finally, here is a cute animal picture, of a cheerful retriever mix.

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

Kate Nepveu

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Board of Directors candidate statements due Friday, March 3!

Reminder: Con or Bust is now run by a Board of Directors, and will be holding elections for four open seats on March 19. Being a Director is a low time commitment but critical to keeping Con or Bust running and helping shape its future, so we’re looking for as many awesome people as possible–especially since right now, only one person is running and there are four open seats total!

Candidate statements should be submitted by this Friday, March 3, by email to [email protected]. The statement should describe who you are, why you want to serve on Con or Bust’s Board, and what you’ll bring to the Board if elected; it should 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. For full details, see the announcement post.

Thanks, and please signal boost!

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free memberships to CrossingsCon

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

  • CrossingsCon, August 4–August 6, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA. CrossingsCon is this universe’s first Young Wizards convention, and is two days of panels, readings, transformative works, discussions, meta, and hugs, with some wonderful special guests and a third day of offsite events. Its Guests of Honor are Emily Skrutskie and Mark Oshiro (current Con or Bust President!).

    CrossingsCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by July 15.

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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free memberships still available to HELIOsphere!

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following con has extended the deadline to claim free memberships, which are available now through February 28, first-come first-serve:

  • HELIOsphere, March 10-12, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA. HELIOsphere is a new science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Guests of Honor are Jacqueline Carey, David Gerrold, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail, with Special Guest Charles Gannon.

    HELIOsphere has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by February 28, 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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reminder: Con or Bust is looking for Board of Directors candidates

Reminder: Con or Bust is now run by a Board of Directors, and will be holding elections for four open seats on March 19. Being a Director is a low time commitment but critical to keeping Con or Bust running and helping shape its future, so we’re looking for as many awesome people as possible.

Candidate statements should be submitted by March 3 to [email protected] and describe who you are, why you want to serve on Con or Bust’s Board, and what you’ll bring to the Board if elected. Statements should 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. For full details, see the announcement post.

Thanks, and please signal boost!

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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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Con or Bust Newsletter for February 17, 2017

[Crossposted from Tinyletter. Get future newsletters delivered to your inbox by subscribing.]

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; [email protected] 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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temporary email glitch

Our @con-or-bust.org emails are having a temporary hiccup; if it’s urgent please use [email protected] 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 [email protected] if you’d like to be safe!)

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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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