Category: Information

free memberships to ConQuesT to be available

Fans of color/non-white fans: during the next period to request assistance, November 15-25, free memberships will be available to ConQuesT, May 27-29, 2016, Kansas City, MO, USA. ConQuesT is an annual science fiction convention held in the Kansas City, Missouri area that is sponsored by the long-running (since 1971) Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (KaCSFFS, pronounced kax-fuss). The convention is held to celebrate science fiction, fantasy, and horror “in all its various forms”, but with a nod toward the literary side of these related genres. The Guests of Honor are Nnedi Okorafor, Julie Dillon, Lindsay Ellis, Diane Lacey, and Seanan McGuire. ConQuesT has donated four memberships to Con or Bust.

Many other cons have also donated memberships; for ones in the next several months, the memberships are available first-come, first-served. The ones later in 2016, like ConQuesT, will be available from November 15-25 (and thereafter if unclaimed). Check out the Upcoming Cons page for the full list, or learn how to request assistance. And please spread the word!


Request assistance through Tuesday, August 25

Reminder: Con or Bust will be accepting requests for assistance from fans of color/non-white fans to attend SFF cons through Tuesday, August 25. (Requests must be timestamped on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern; I may or may not be awake to turn the form off.)

Here’s how to request assistance, and here’s the list of upcoming cons for which specific assistance is available. Please spread the word!


free memberships to Con-Volution available now

Con or Bust is pleased to announce that two free memberships to the following con are available now, first-come first-serve, to fans of color/non-white fans:

Con-Volution, October 2-4, 2015, Burlingame, CA, USA. Con-Volution is an annual 3-day science fiction, fantasy, and media convention featuring guests, performers and vendors from a wide spectrum of the speculative fiction industry and community. This year’s theme is Legion of Fandom and this year’s Guests of Honor are Jackie Kashian (Toastmistress), Brianna Wu, Balogun Ojetade, and Bonnie Burton. The memberships must be claimed by September 14.

Fans of color can also request monetary assistance to attend Con-Volution, or other upcoming SFF cons, through August 25, 2015. Find out more at the Request Assistance page, and please spread the word!


free memberships to NerdCon available now

Fans of color/non-white fans: four free memberships to the following new con are available now: NerdCon: Stories, October 9-10, 2015, Minneapolis, MN, USA. This is a diverse gathering of story tellers. Podcasters, novelists, cartoonists, musicians, poets, and more will gather in Minneapolis for an exceptional celebration.

You can also request monetary assistance to attend NerdCon or other cons, or free memberships to many other cons, during August 15-25. Please check out the Upcoming Cons page for the full list of cons, and the Request Assistance page for more information. Thanks, and please spread the word!


last-minute membership to Sasquan (WorldCon) potentially available

Fans of color/non-white fans: Con or Bust may have available a last-minute transferred membership to Sasquan (August 19-23, 2015, Spokane, WA, USA). Sasquan is the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon). Its guests of honor are Brad Foster, David Gerrold, Vonda N. McIntyre, Tom Smith, and Leslie Turek.

Anyone interested should fill out the form to request only a membership, available through the Request Assistance page, and I will determine whether the membership is still available. Note that this will require registering at the con, as preregistration is closed.

Thanks, and spread the word!


reminder: request many memberships now, all assistance during August 15-25

Reminder to fans of color/non-white fans:

Con or Bust currently has many free memberships available to upcoming cons, first-come first-served. It will also be taking requests for monetary assistance to attend cons, plus free memberships to other cons that are more distant in time, from August 15-25, 2015.

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; this is also reproduced behind the “read more” as of today.

Please mark your calendars and spread the word!

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Assistance to attend Arisia, CON.TXT to be available

Fans of color/non-white fans: assistance to the following new cons will be available during the next request period, August 15-25:

  • Arisia, January 15-18, 2016, Boston, MA, USA. Arisia is New England’s largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Author Guest of Honor is John Scalzi; its Artist Guest of Honor is Johnna Y. Klukas; and its Fan Guest of Honor is Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez III.

    Arisia has donated six memberships and two hotel rooms (double beds, available Friday through Monday) to Con or Bust.

  • CON.TXT, July 29-31, 2016, Arlington, VA, USA. CON.TXT is a media convention with a focus on fanworks; the proposed theme for its tenth anniversary is “Queering the Canon!”

    CON.TXT has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed before May 2016. In addition, all attendees must be 18 or older on July 29, 2016.

To find out how to request these memberships during August 15-25, see the Request Assistance page; or check out the full list of upcoming cons to which assistance is available.


Free membership to be available to Satellite 5 (and many more!)

Fans of color/non-white fans: during Con or Bust’s next request assistance period, August 15-25, you can request monetary assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons, and free memberships to cons a bit further in the future—such as this one:

  • Satellite 5, 28th – 29th May 2016, Glasgow, Scotland, UK. Satellite focusses on the interface between science fact and science fiction; Satellite 5 heads back into orbit to look at science and SF relating to space stations, orbiting habitats, floating cities etc. The Guest of Honor is Jaine Fenn.

    Satellite has donated one membership to Con or Bust.

Many more cons have donated memberships that can be requested in August; for your planning purposes, they’re behind the cut, but you can always find the full and up-to-date list of at the Upcoming Cons, and you can find out how to request them at the Request Assistance page! (For con memberships available now, also see the Upcoming Cons page!)

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free memberships to Myths and Legends Convention (and many more)

Con or Bust has free memberships available, first-come first-serve, for fans of color/non-white fans to the following new con:

  • Myths and Legends Convention (MALCon), August 14 – 16, 2015, Denver, CO, USA. Myths and Legends Convention celebrates our modern myths and legends; the focus in 2015 is on Firefly, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Supernatural, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones. Guests include Keith DiCandido, Brian of Draco and the Malfoys, Stant Litore, Pandora Celtica, Tomas O’Dreams, Kilted Man, Quincy Allen, and Vivian Trask.

    MALCon has donated three weekend tickets to Con or Bust, which should be claimed by August 7.

Behind the cut are allllllll the other cons that fans of color/non-white fans can get free memberships to right now. Check out the Upcoming Cons page for the complete, most up-to-date list, and claim them from using the form linked on the Request Assistance page!

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