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free memberships to Boskone; note on gaming cons

Fans of color/non-white fans, the following new free memberships are available now, first-come first serve:

  • Boskone, February 17-19, 2017, Boston, MA, USA. Boskone is an annual science fiction convention, the oldest in New England. Its 2017 Guests are: Guest of Honor: Brandon Sanderson; Official Artist: Dave Seeley; Special Guest: Maryelizabeth Yturralde; Featured Filkers: The Fabulous Lorraine & Lojo Russo; Hal Clement Science Speaker: Milton Davis; and NESFA Press Guest: Ken MacLeod.

    Boskone has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.

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.

Finally, a note on gaming cons: Con or Bust is semi-regularly asked whether it can distribute donated memberships to cons solely focused on gaming. Unfortunately, Con or Bust doesn’t have the resources to expand to gaming cons, and so we’ve had to decline these generous offers. But our friends at I Need Diverse Games — newly set up as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization! — are delighted to accept donated memberships to gaming cons to distribute to POC/LGBTQIA/Disabled/other marginalized people. Please check out their assistance page for details!

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free memberships for ConClave, StokerCon

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following new free memberships are available immediately, first-come first-serve:

  • ConClave, October 7-9, 2016, Livonia, MI, USA. ConClave celebrates Fantasy and Science Fiction in all its forms; its Guests of Honor are Jacqueline Carey and Michael O. Varhola.

    ConClave has donated five memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by September 30, 2016.

And the following new free memberships can be requested during November 15-25, 2016:

  • StokerCon, April 27-30, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA. StokerCon is the annual convention of The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy. This will be its second annual convention and will be held aboard the legendary (and haunted) Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The Bram Stoker Awards (R) Banquet takes place on the evening of Saturday, April 29th. Guests of Honor include George R.R. Martin, Elizabeth Hand, Chuck Wendig, Peter Crowther, Bill Bridges, Tananarive Due, Gretchen McNeil, Becky Spratford, Stephen Graham Jones and Toastmaster Nancy Holder.

    StokerCon has donated six memberships to Con or Bust, which should be claimed by March 15, 2017.

To learn how to request assistance, including 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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many free memberships to SFF cons available now

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following memberships to upcoming SFF cons are available now, first-come first-served. Please check out this list and see if anything catches your eye! And if something does, head to the Request Assistance page to claim a membership.

  • 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, of which three have been claimed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 hotel rooms for three nights each, which should be claimed by December 15, 2016; one of each have been claimed so far.

  • 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; one remains. In addition, individuals have donated two memberships and $400 toward other costs of attending ConFusion; the monetary assistance has been claimed, but both individually-donated memberships remain.

  • 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.

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last-minute free passes to Salt Lake Comic Con

Fans of color/non-white fans, the following free passes are available, first-come first-serve:

  • Salt Lake Comic Con, September 1-3, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT, USA. Salt Lake Comic Con is the largest comic con in North America per capita.

    An individual has donated (1) a Thursday-only pass and (2) two all-con children’s passes (require an adult with a wristband to accompany them). The recipient will need to go to preregistration on August 31 or register starting at 8:00 a.m. on September 1 to get a wristband for entry. Note that Mark Hamill and William Shatner will be on panels at an arena across the street from the con on Thursday, which the Thursday pass wristband will allow access to.

    These passes should be claimed by Tuesday, August 30.

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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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