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Request assistance now through June 6

Fans of color/non-white fans: Con or Bust is now taking requests for monetary assistance to attend cons, plus free memberships to cons, through Monday, June 6, 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.

This is a one-time change in the dates to request assistance, so please mark your calendars and spread the word!

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auction bidding note: subscriptions to new comments

If you subscribed to new comments on an auction post in the last little while (ballpark of 9:30-10:45 p.m. Eastern), there’s a chance your subscription might have gotten eaten by my trying to debug a problem. To be sure that you’re subscribed if you want to be, go to the post and, down below the commenting form, click on the word “subscribe” where it says “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.” Enter your email address, and then you’ll definitely be subscribed (if you were already, it won’t tell you that, but it also won’t send you two copies of every comment).

Apologies for not noticing this problem before bidding went live. Please let me know if you have any questions or problems.

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Bidding now live on Con or Bust auction!

Support Con or Bust as it helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons: check out its annual online auction, on which bidding is now live! There are three ways to browse items: scroll through all the posts by viewing the 2016 auction category; browse the 2016 auction tags; or see a Google Docs spreadsheet indexing all offers.

To bid, all you need to do is leave a comment stating the amount of your bid in U.S. dollars, with a working email address (which will not be displayed). If you like, check the box that says “Notify me of followup comments via e-mail” to make sure you don’t miss any later bids. You can also enter your email address where it says “Subscribe without commenting.” Bidding will end Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown), unless last-minute bids are received (more details). This auction is Con or Bust’s principal source of funds for the entire year, so please take a look!

You can also donate to Con or Bust outside the auction. If you’re paying through a PayPal account and want 100% of your payment to go directly to Con or Bust, you can donate via the PayPal Giving Fund (note that the Giving Fund doesn’t allow you to send a message with your donation and doesn’t notify us immediately that your donation has been made; of course you may forward your acknowledgment email from the Giving Fund on to katenepveu@con-or-bust.org). If you’re using a credit card or need to send a message directly with the donation, please use the button below:




Finally, if you were hoping to offer something in the auction now that bidding’s started, please email me to discuss at katenepveu@con-or-bust.org.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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free Eurocon memberships to be available

Con or Bust is pleased to announce that the following new free memberships can be requested by fans of color/non-white fans during May 27-June 6, 2016.

  • 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.

Many other free memberships are available, some immediately; please see the Upcoming Cons page for a list, or learn how to request assistance. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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Offer something in Con or Bust’s auction through Tuesday May 24!

Support Con or Bust as it helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons: offer something in Con or Bust’s annual online auction through tomorrow, Tuesday, May 24!

Any kind of good or service that’s legal, practical, and morally and ethically appropriate is welcome. Crafts, books, local delicacies, critiques, that set of comic books/movies/etc. that you’ve been meaning to find a good home for… anything at all is extremely welcome. All you need to do is fill out a web form, no registration or login needed. Find out more at the main auction information page, or go right to the Submit an Auction form.

Ideally items would be submitted by 9:00 p.m. Eastern tomorrow, Tuesday the 24th (time zone conversions, countdown), so that I will have time to list them before bidding starts at 12:01 a.m. on the 25th. However, if it’s a bit later than that, I can manage! (If we add more than the “occasional” item after bidding opens, however, we might have to collect sales taxes, so please try for the 24th if at all possible.)

This auction is Con or Bust’s principal source of funds for the year, so please consider offering something if you can, and spread the word!

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Less than a week to offer something for auction!

Hi all:

This is your six-and-a-half-day reminder that you have until Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern to offer something in Con or Bust’s annual online auction, to help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons (time zone conversions, countdown).

If you craft, or write, or live someplace with interesting stuff that would make a neat grab bag, or read Tarot over Skype, or consult on wardrobe revamps, or have interesting things that you’ve been looking to dispose of, or things I can’t even think of, would you consider offering something? The auction is Con or Bust’s principal fundraiser for the year, and its success dictates how many fans of color Con or Bust can help attend SFF cons. All you need to do is fill out a web form, no registration or login needed. Find out more at the main auction information page, or go right to the Submit an Auction form.

Thanks for your support, and please: spread the word!

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Free memberships to Readercon now available

The following free con memberships are available immediately, first-come first-serve, for fans of color/non-white fans:

  • Readercon, July 7-10, 2016, Quincy, MA, USA. Readercon features a near-total focus on the written word; its 2016 Guests of Honor are Catherynne M. Valente & Tim Powers, and its Memorial Guest of Honor is Diana Wynne Jones.

    Readercon has donated three memberships to Con or Bust, which should be claimed by June 19.

Many other free memberships are available, some also immediately; please see the Upcoming Cons page for a list, or learn how to request memberships and other assistance. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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Offer items for auction through May 24; request assistance May 27-June 6

Two reminders, to be temporarily sticky’ed to the top of the page (scroll down for new auction items, or see the sidebar):

Con or Bust is accepting items for auction now through May 24. The annual online auction is Con or Bust’s principal source of funds for the year; anyone can offer something for auction, all you need is an email address. You can find out more about offering things for auction at the main auction information page, or go right to the Submit an Auction form.

Bidding will start May 25; unlike past years, our ability to post new offers once bidding has started is very limited for tax reasons, so please get your offers in by May 24!

Fans of color/non-white fans can request assistance from May 27 through June 6. This is a one-time change from the usual May 15-25 period. Here’s how to request assistance, and here’s the list of upcoming cons for which specific assistance is available.

Thanks for your support, and please spread the word!

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free memberships to be available to Sirens

Con or Bust is pleased to announce that the following new free memberships can be requested by fans of color/non-white fans during May 27-June 6, 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. 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.

Many other free memberships are available, some immediately; please see the Upcoming Cons page for a list, or learn how to request assistance. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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free memberships to WisCon available now

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

  • WisCon 40, May 27-30, 2016, Madison, WI, USA. WisCon is the world’s leading feminist science fiction convention. Its 2016 Guests of Honor are Sofia Samatar, Justine Larbalestier, and returning GoH Nalo Hopkinson.

    Individuals have donated two memberships to WisCon. (Previously, WisCon donated four memberships to Con or Bust, all of which have been claimed.)

There are many more free memberships available now; please see the Upcoming Cons page for more information. To request free memberships, or to learn more about requesting other assistance at the next request-assistance period (May 27-June 6), please see the Request Assistance page. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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