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Free membership to World Fantasy Con

Fans of color/non-white fans: an individual has donated a membership to 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 has hit its preliminary membership cap and is currently working through a waiting list.

The con has separately donated a banquet ticket, so this would be the full package, as it were. It’s available immediately, first-come first-serve, over at the Request Assistance page.

Please spread the word!

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Free memberships to October cons!

If you’re a fan of color/non-white fan, Con or Bust currently has free memberships to attend three different SFF cons in October. Request them now first-come first-served!

  • Maneki Neko Con, October 3-5, 2014, Matteson, IL, USA. Maneki Neko Con is an all-ages science fiction, fantasy, and Japanese animation – anime – gaming, comics, and miscellaneous geeky fandom convention in Chicago’s south suburbs. The organizers state that it is run and attended by 90% young people of color.

    Maneki Neko Con has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by September 21, 2014.

  • GeekGirlCon, October 11-12, 2014, Seattle, WA, USA. GeekGirlCon is the celebration of the female geek. Check out some highlights from 2013.

    GeekGirlCon has donated six passes to Con or Bust, of which four are still available.

  • Sirens, October 16-19, 2014, Stevenson, WA, USA. Sirens is a conference on women in fantasy literature; its 2014 theme is “hauntings” and its Guests of Honor are Kendare Blake, Rosemary Clement-Moore, and Andrea Hairston.

    Sirens has donated one membership to Con or Bust.

In addition, for your future planning purposes, several cons have donated assistance that will be available during the November 15-25 request period (at which time monetary assistance may also be requested), and thereafter if not claimed. These are behind the jump:

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Con or Bust now accepting requests for assistance

From now through August 25, 2014, Con or Bust is accepting requests for assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons from fans of color/non-white fans. (Requests must be timestamped on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern; I may or may not be awake to turn the form off.)

Specific assistance is available to attend the following:

  • Maneki Neko Con (October 3-5, 2014, Matteson, IL, USA);

  • Sirens (October 16-19, 2014, Stevenson, WA, USA);
  • World Fantasy Con 2014 (November 6-9, 2014, Arlington, VA, USA);
  • Arisia (January 16-19, 2015, Boston, MA, USA);
  • FOGcon (March 6-8, 2015, Walnut Creek, CA, USA); and
  • (new!) Archipelacon (June 25-28, 2015, Mariehamn, Åland, Finland), which has donated two memberships (more information coming when I’m not in a con panel!).

Learn more about these specific cons at the Upcoming Cons page.

To find out how to request assistance to these cons, or to any upcoming SFF con, head to the Request Assistance page. And please spread the word!

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Last minute: free memberships (two!) to the Discworld Convention!

Fans of color/non-white fans: an individual has donated a free membership to The International Discworld Convention, which is being held this weekend, 8-11 August 2014, in Manchester, UK. DW Con is a gathering of fans of Sir Terry Pratchett that happens in the UK once every two years. This year the con is also The Ankh-Morpork Grand Exhibition, a four-day celebration of the culture, technology and industry of the great city of Ankh-Morpork.

ETA: and DW Con itself has now donated another. Thanks very much!

This membership is available first-come first-served at the Request Assistance page (you’ll pick up your badge at Ops at the con). Please spread the word!

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Reminder: request assistance August 15-25

Fans of color/non-white fans can request assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons from August 15-25, 2014.

Specific assistance is available to attend Maneki Neko Con (October 3-5, 2014, Matteson, IL, USA); Sirens (October 16-19, 2014, Stevenson, WA, USA); World Fantasy Con 2014 (November 6-9, 2014, Arlington, VA, USA); Arisia (January 16-19, 2015, Boston, MA, USA); and FOGcon (March 6-8, 2015, Walnut Creek, CA, USA). Learn more about these specific cons at the Upcoming Cons page.

To find out how to request assistance to these cons, or to any upcoming SFF con, head to the Request Assistance page. And please spread the word!

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Last call for free Nine Worlds memberships; plus child memberships to Loncon 3

Fans of color/non-white fans: there are still five donated memberships available to Nine Worlds Convention (8-10 August 2014, London, England, UK). These must be claimed by August 1st—that’s tomorrow—so get them now!

Also, there is still an abundance of free memberships to Loncon 3 (August 14-18, 2014, London, England, UK), this year’s Worldcon. These can be claimed even while the con’s in progress! But also available now are two child memberships, for attendees aged between 6 and 15 years on 14 August 2014, thanks to an individual donor. There’s a track of really great workshops for kids and a programming track specifically about Young Adult fiction, so if you are between 6 and 15 years old, or your friends or family include someone who is, this is a great opportunity.

Finally, two memberships are still available to Shamrokon (22-24 August 2014, Dublin, Ireland), this year’s Eurocon.

Claim these through the Request Assistance page, and please spread the word!

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In Other Words review (pre-order now!)

At Strange Horizons, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz reviews In Other Words, a chapbook anthology created and edited by Saira Ali and Julia Rios to benefit Con or Bust. Loenen-Ruiz calls it “an impressive chapbook . . . [with] poems and fictions that you will want to read for yourself. They are in conversation—not just with the reader but also with each other and with the world.”

Check out the review (or the table of contents, behind the jump), and then pre-order! The print edition will be hand-printed on a nineteenth century letterpress and is $25 plus $3 for shipping, and 6.25% sales tax if your shipping address is in Massachusetts. The ebook alone is $8, and will come for free with the print edition. Pre-order by emailing orders@kitabiyatpress.com to receive a PayPal invoice.

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Free memberships to Shamrokon (Eurocon) and others

The following memberships are currently available free, first-come first-served, to fans of color/non-white fans. Please see the Request Assistance page to claim them.

  • (new) Shamrokon, 22-24 August 2014, Dublin, Ireland. Shamrokon is the European science fiction convention (Eurocon) which is held in a different country each year. Its Guests of Honor are Michael Carroll, Jim Fitzpatrick, Seanan McGuire, Andrzej Sapkowski, and Ylva Spångberg.

    An individual has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by August 10.

  • Nine Worlds Convention, 8-10 August 2014, London, England, UK. It’s about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party.

    Nine Worlds has donated ten memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by August 1, 2014; (edit) five memberships remain.

  • 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.

    Loncon has donated five attending memberships to Con or Bust and has matched up individuals’ donations of attending memberships up to another twenty. At present, eleven attending memberships have been claimed and thirty-six remain available.

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In Other Words anthology: pre-order special

nettlestungteaser2 An announcement regarding a project to benefit Con or Bust:

Saira Ali and Julia Rios are pleased to announce the table of contents for In Other Words, a chapbook of poetry and flash fiction to benefit Con or Bust. The chapbook will be hand-printed on a nineteenth century letterpress, and includes work from Hugo Award winning and nominated authors.

We are also opening pre-orders now, and for this weekend only, we are offering a special for pre-orders made during Readercon: all print edition pre-orders will receive a special broadside of Shweta Narayan’s stunning poem “Nettle-stung,” illustrated by the poet [teasers for which are included in this post]. The broadsides are printed and will be mailed next week, or you can flag Saira down at Readercon to get one.

nettlestungteaserFor now, you can pre-order by emailing orders@kitabiyatpress.com, and we’ll send you a PayPal invoice. The print edition is $25 plus $3 for shipping, and 6.25% sales tax if your shipping address is in Massachusetts. The ebook alone is $8, and will come for free with the print edition.

Table of Contents:

  • “Nettle-stung” by Shweta Narayan
  • “A Corpse Full of Birds” by John Chu
  • “If They Catch Me, I’m Using Your Name” by Nisi Shawl
  • “Volcano Woman” by Kiini Ibura Salaam
  • “Self-Portrait” by Emily Jiang
  • “The Bean Between the E and the I” by LaShawn Wanak
  • “Every Day of the Dead” by Sabrina Vourvoulias
  • “The Adventures of Ja’far al-Barmaki” by Sofia Samatar
  • “Ce Qu’on Dit Du Vent” by Amal el-Mohtar
  • “What is Said of the Wind” translated by Amal el-Mohtar
  • “Crystal” by Ken Liu
  • “Ancestors” by JT Stewart
  • “After the Near-Miss by the Planet Destroying Asteroid” by Rahul Kanakia
  • “Stolen” by David Findlay
  • “Pretty Apocalypse” by Lisa Bradley
  • “Eating Words” by Yoon Ha Lee
  • “Drive Careful” by Tom Greene

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