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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.

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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:

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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 smile.amazon.com, 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 katenepveu@con-or-bust.org 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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reminder: request assistance through Friday, Nov. 25

Fans of color/non-white fans: request monetary assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons now through Friday, November 25, 2016 (yes, that’s the day after U.S. Thanksgiving). 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.

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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.

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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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new free memberships to OryCon (and others still available)

Fans of color/non-white fans: free memberships are available to the following SFF cons that are happening very soon, including to one new con, OryCon:

  • World Fantasy Convention 2016, 27 – 30 October 2016, Columbus, OH, USA. The World Fantasy Convention is an annual gathering (almost a reunion) of professionals, collectors, and others interested in the field of Light and Dark Fantasy art and literature. The 2016 Guests of Honor are Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, L.E. Modesitt, Jr, and Randal Spangler.

    Individuals have donated three transferred memberships to Con or Bust. (Another transferred membership has been claimed.) These must be claimed in time for the donor to write a letter transferring the membership and scan+email, fax, or snail-mail it to the recipient.

  • Windycon, November 11-13, 2016, Lombard, IL, USA. Windycon is Chicagoland’s oldest science fiction convention. Its Guests are: Author Guest of Honor: Adam Selzer; Artist Guest of Honor: Art Baltazar; Costuming Guest of Honor: Nerd Circus; Music Guest of Honor: Ookla the Mok; Fan Guests of Honor: Doc & Anne Passovoy; and Toastmaster: Tanya Huff.

    Individuals have donated three memberships to Windycon.

  • OryCon, November 18-20, 2016, Portland, OR, USA. OryCon is Oregon’s premier, fan run, annual science fiction/fantasy convention held in Portland since 1979. Its Guests of Honor include: Writer: David Weber; Editor: Diana Gill; Artist: David Mattingly; and Music: Mark Osier.

    OryCon has donated 10 memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by November 5, 2016.

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.

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last-minute con memberships still available!

Fans of color/non-white fans: there are a number of free con memberships available now, first-come first-serve, but I want to highlight these ones that need to be claimed very soon, as soon as tomorrow (October 6) in one case:

  • GeekGirlCon, October 8 & 9, 2016, Seattle, WA, USA. GeekGirlCon celebrates and honors the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women world-wide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture through events.

    GeekGirlCon has donated ten passes to Con or Bust, (edit) which have been claimed; an individual has also donated one membership, which is still available. These must be claimed by Thursday, October 6, 2016, 3 p.m. Eastern.

  • Octocon 2016, 14th- 16th October, 2016, Dublin, Ireland. Octocon is the National Irish Science Fiction Convention; its Guests of Honor are Rhianna Pratchett, Diane Duane and Peter Morwood and its 2016 theme is Rebellion.

    Octocon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which have been claimed. An individual has donated a third, which is still available and must be claimed by October 12, 2016.

  • Sirens, October 20-23, 2016, Denver, CO, USA. Sirens is a conference dedicated to the diverse, remarkable women of fantasy literature: readers, authors, scholars, librarians, educators, publishing professionals, and characters. Its 2016 theme is lovers, and its guests of honor are Renée Ahdieh, Laurie J. Marks, and Kiini Ibura Salaam.

    Sirens has donated three scholarships to Con or Bust, which include a full registration to Sirens and a Sirens Shuttle ticket; one remains available. The registration gives attendees access to everything from Thursday afternoon to Sunday, including all Guest of Honor keynote addresses. The shuttle ticket covers ground transportation to and from the Denver airport to the Inverness Hotel (more info, including schedule). The scholarships do not include tickets to the pre-conference events of the Sirens Studio and Sirens Supper; transportation to Denver; or hotel costs. It must be claimed before the con (registration can be done at the door).

  • World Fantasy Convention 2016, 27 – 30 October 2016, Columbus, OH, USA. The World Fantasy Convention is an annual gathering (almost a reunion) of professionals, collectors, and others interested in the field of Light and Dark Fantasy art and literature. The 2016 Guests of Honor are Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, L.E. Modesitt, Jr, and Randal Spangler.

    Individuals have donated three transferred memberships to Con or Bust. (Another transferred membership has been claimed.) These must be claimed in time for the donor to write a letter transferring the membership and scan+email, fax, or snail-mail it to the recipient.

  • Eurocon/Bcon 2016, 4, 5 & 6 November 2016, Barcelona, Spain. Eurocon is the annual European science fiction convention; Bcon is the 2016 Spanish national convention Hispacon happening alongside the Eurocon. The Guests of Honor are Aliette de Bodard, Richard Morgan, Enrique Corominas, Andrzej Sapkowski, Johanna Sinisalo, Rosa Montero, Rhianna Pratchett, and Péter Michaleczky, with special guests Brandon Sanderson and Albert Sánchez Piñol.

    Eurocon has donated four memberships to Con or Bust, which should be claimed by October 15, 2016.

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.

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