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request assistance (including new con memberships!) through August 25

Fans of color/non-white fans:

Now through Thursday, August 25, request assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons. This includes the following free memberships:

  • 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.

    An individual has donated a transferred membership to Con or Bust. (Another transferred membership has been claimed.)

  • Capricon, February 16-19, 2017, Wheeling, IL, USA. Capricon’s Author Guest of Honor is Beth Revis; Artist Guest of Honor is Nilah Magruder; and Fan Guest of Honor is Meg Frank.

    Capricon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, and individuals have donated four memberships, to be claimed by January 15, 2017.

  • LexiCon, 2-4 June 2017, Taupō, New Zealand. LexiCon is the 38th New Zealand National Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention. Its Guest of Honour is Seanan McGuire (aka Mira Grant); its Fan Guest of Honour is John Toon; and its Ghost of Honour is Orville, a rat in the Hobbit films.

    LexiCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by May 25, 2017.

Request these memberships, assistance to attend these cons, other free memberships, or assistance to attend any upcoming SFF con, at the Request Assistance page. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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another last-minute membership to MidAmeriCon II (WorldCon)

Edit: the full membership has been claimed, the young adult membership remains available.

Another last-minute membership is now available, first-come first-serve, to fans of color/non-white fans:

  • MidAmeriCon II, August 17-21, 2016, Kansas City, MO, USA. MidAmeriCon is the 2016 WorldCon; its Guests of Honor are Kinuko Y. Craft, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Tamora Pierce, and Michael Swanwick, and its Toastmaster is Pat Cadigan.

    An individual has donated a regular attending membership; another individual also has donated an attending young adult membership (16th birthday on or before 17 August, 2016 but will not have 26th birthday on or before 17 August, 2016).

To request either of these memberships, 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: free young adult membership to MidAmeriCon II

The following membership is now available, first-come first-serve, to fans of color/non-white fans:

MidAmeriCon II, August 17-21, 2016, Kansas City, MO, USA. MidAmeriCon is the 2016 WorldCon; its Guests of Honor are Kinuko Y. Craft, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Tamora Pierce, and Michael Swanwick, and its Toastmaster is Pat Cadigan.

An individual has donated a young adult membership (16th birthday on or before 17 August, 2016 but will not have 26th birthday on or before 17 August, 2016) to Con or Bust.

To request this membership, see the Request Assistance page. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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free memberships to Octocon

New free memberships are available now, first-come first-serve, to fans of color/non-white fans:

  • 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.

Many more free memberships are available now, and monetary assistance can be requested from August 15-25. 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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VividCon membership & stipend available now

Edit: this has been claimed!

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following assistance is available immediately, first-come first-serve:

  • VividCon, August 12-14, 2016, Chicago, IL, USA. VividCon is an annual convention for anyone who enjoys fanvids – watching them, talking about them, or making them.

    VividCon has donated a membership, a Saturday lunch ticket, and a $500 stipend to Con or Bust, to be claimed by August 11, 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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assistance to be available for Arisia, ConFusion

Fans of color/non-white fans, plan ahead for the winter: assistance will be available to the following two January cons during the August 15-25 request-assistance period.

  • Arisia, January 13 – 16, 2017, Boston, MA, USA. Arisia is New England’s largest and most diverse science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Author Guest of Honor is Ursula Vernon; its Artist Guest of Honor is Stephanie Law; its Radio Guest of Honor is Krypton Radio; and its Fan Guest of Honor is Greykell Dutton.

    Arisia has donated ten memberships and two hotels rooms for three nights each.

  • ConFusion, January 19th -22nd, 2017, Novi, MI, USA. ConFusion is the longest-running fan-run sf/f convention in Michigan and a premier event for publishing professionals and fans alike.

    ConFusion has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by December 31, 2016. In addition, individuals have donated two memberships and $400 toward other costs of attending ConFusion.

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–many memberships are available now, first-come first-serve, and more will be available from August 15-25.

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Support Con or Bust when shopping at Curious Turtle Books in the Readercon dealer’s room

If you’re at Readercon this weekend (now in Quincy and Red Line accessible!), stop by the dealer’s room, where Curious Turtle Books will be donating 10% of its sales on Saturday to Con or Bust!

If you can’t make it on Saturday, Curious Turtle Books is also donating a portion of its sales on the other two days of the con: Friday’s beneficiary will be the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund and Sunday’s will be the Shared Worlds Writing Program.

(And if you’re coming to Readercon at all, feel free to say hi if you see me!)

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Support Con or Bust when shopping at Amazon

Amazon shoppers, here’s an easy way to help fans of color/non-white fans go to SFF cons: you can now have Amazon automatically donate a portion of your purchases to Con or Bust.

Specifically, if you click on the above banner or go to Con or Bust’s Amazon Smile page and then log in, Amazon will donate 0.5% of every eligible purchase you make to Con or Bust–as long as you start shopping at smile.amazon.com. (After you log in, it’ll give you some suggestions for doing that automatically, and also remind you from the website itself if you’re logged in.)

And for Amazon Prime members, next Tuesday, July 12, is Prime Day, where there will be many deals exclusively for Prime members, so now’s an awesome time to sign up for Amazon Smile.

(I realize that some people choose not to shop at Amazon; this is not meant as a request to reconsider those choices, but as information for those who’ve chosen otherwise.)

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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