Category: Memberships

new free memberships, hotel rooms

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

Boskone, February 16-18, 2018, Boston, MA, USA (@boskonenews). Boskone is the longest-running science fiction & fantasy convention in New England. Its Guest of Honor is Mary Robinette Kowal; Special Guest: Craig Miller; Official Artist: Marianne Plumridge; Young Adult Fiction Guest: Tamora Pierce; Hal Clement Science Speaker: Catherine Asaro; and NESFA Press Guest: Nat Segaloff.

Boskone has donated two memberships. In addition, the Boston Speculative Fiction Writing Group has donated one.


Starburst Media City Festival, 16th – 18th March 2018, Greater Manchester, England, UK (@starburstff). The Starburst Media City Festival is a multi-media Festival in the heart of Greater Manchester’s media zone, featuring literary programming, script-editing and adaptation workshops, and film screenings.

The Starburst Media City Festival has donated four tickets, to be claimed by 18th February.


The following assistance can be requested from November 1st-10th (to start with; but, not right away):

Arisia, January 12-15, 2018, Boston, MA, USA (@arisia). Arisia is New England’s largest, most diverse sci-fi & fantasy convention. Its Featured Guests are: V. E. Schwab, Author Guest of Honor; Ashe Samuels, Artist Guest of Honor; Shannon Watters, Comics Industry Guest of Honor; Mikki Kendall, Fan Guest of Honor.

Arisia has donated ten memberships and two hotel rooms (three nights each; can be doubles if have, or willing to have, roommate also receiving Con or Bust assistance). In addition, the Boston Speculative Fiction Writing Group has donated one.


WorldCon 76, August 16-20, 2018, San Jose, CA, USA (@worldcon2018). Worldcon is the annual convention of the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS). Its Guests of Honor are: Spider Robinson, Author; Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Author; Pierre & Sandy Pettinger, Fans; Edgar Pangborn, Ghost of Honor; Bob Wilkins, gHost of Honor; Frank Hayes, Music Guest of Honor; John Picacio, Art Guest of Honor.

WorldCon 76 has donated six attending memberships.


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 November 1-10 (new dates); assistance to be available

Fans of color/non-white fans:

Con or Bust will be accepting requests for assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons from November 1-10, 2017, not November 15-25, as in the past. This is a change to all future request periods, which will all run during the first ten days of the month, every three months (February, May, August, and November).

The following new assistance can be requested at that time:

CON.TXT, July 27-29, 2018, Arlington, VA, USA (@contxt_announce). CON.TXT is a media con, a place for fans to gather and celebrate the joy of fandom, a place where you can indulge in endless conversation about your favorites, debate metaslash topics of great import, and squee, all in the company of like-minded folk.

CON.TXT has donated one membership and one hotel room night to Con or Bust. The recipient must be 18 years of age or older.


Dublin 2019, August 15-19, 2019, Dublin, Ireland (@dublin2019). Dublin 2019 is the first WorldCon in Ireland and the 77th WorldCon (aka not next year, but the year after).

Dublin 2019 has donated twelve memberships.


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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free memberships (still!) available to GeekGirlCon

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

GeekGirlCon, September 30 & October 1, 2017, 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 donated ten fifteen twenty passes to Con or Bust; four remain available and should be claimed by September 26, 2017.

(I’m making a separate post for this because I’d briefly moved the con off the “available” list on the main page, so wanted to let anyone know who’d checked during that time!)

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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new free memberships:Octocon, 6-8 October 2017, Dublin, Ireland

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

Octocon, 6-8 October 2017, Dublin, Ireland. Octocon, the National Irish Science Fiction Convention, is a weekend celebration of our favourite stories from books, comics, TV, films and games; attracting artists, writers, film-makers and fans from across the human sphere of influence. Its Guests of Honor are Dan Abnett and Nik Abnett.

Octocon has donated two memberships, to be claimed by September 30, 2017.

To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. (Now through August 25, monetary assistance to any upcoming SFF con, as well as memberships to specific cons, may be requested.) 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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new free memberships for Colorado SFF cons

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


Myths and Legends Convention (MALCon), August 4-6, 2017, Denver, CO, USA (@MALConDenver). The Myths and Legends Convention celebrates our modern myths and legends; in 2017, it focuses on Harry Potter, Firefly, Lord of the Rings, Dresden Files, Game of Thrones, and Jacqueline Carey’s works. Its Author Guest of Honor is Jacqueline Carey; its Music Guest of Honor is Marian Call; and its Artist Guest of Honor is Jim Humble.

MALCon has donated twenty passes to Con or Bust, to be claimed by the start of the convention.


And the following memberships will be available during the next request-assistance period, August 15-25, 2017:

WhimsyCon, March 2 – 4, 2018, Denver, CO, USA (@shinygardengeek). WhimsyCon is Denver’s Steampunk and Costuming Convention. Its Author Guest of Honor is Milton Davis and its Costuming Guest of Honor is Kitty Krell.

WhimsyCon has donated twenty passes to Con or Bust, to be claimed by the start of the convention.


Westercon 71 / MALCon 6, July 4 – July 8, 2018, Denver, CO, USA (@DenWestercon71). Westercon, or the West Coast Science Fantasy Conference, is a regional science fiction and fantasy convention founded in 1948. In 2018 it will be co-hosted with the Myths and Legends Convention. Nancy Kress is Literary Guest of Honor; Rebecca Moesta is Editor Guest of Honor; Jeff Sturgeon is Artist Guest of Honor; Margaret Davis and Kristoph Klover are Filk Guests of Honor; Mem Morman and Kent Bloom are Fan Guests of Honor; and Andrew Mayne is Entertainment Guest of Honor.

Westercon 71 / MALCon 6 has donated twenty passes to Con or Bust, to be claimed by the start of the convention.


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–of which there are many!–see the Upcoming Cons page.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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free memberships to Readercon & many other cons

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

(new!) Readercon, July 13-16, 2017, Quincy, MA, USA. Readercon features a near-total focus on the written word; its Guests of Honor are Naomi Novik & Nnedi Okorafor, and its Memorial Guest of Honor is Tanith Lee.

(Edit) There are two memberships still available; Readercon has donated three memberships to Con or Bust, and an individual has donated one.


(updated!) GeekGirlCon, September 30 & October 1, 2017, 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 fifteen passes (five still available) to Con or Bust, to be claimed by September 26, 2017.


And not new or updated, but needing to be claimed soon:

ConneXions, Friday, July 21st – Sunday July 23rd, 2017, Arlington, VA, USA. ConneXions is a media convention for slashers held in odd-numbered years just outside Washington, DC.

ConneXions has donated one membership to Con or Bust, to be claimed by July 7, 2017.


Nine Worlds, 4-6 August 2017, London, England, UK. Nine Worlds is a geekfest, or a multi media, multi-genre residential pop culture convention.

Nine Worlds has donated twenty tickets to Con or Bust. Fifteen tickets remain available.


CrossingsCon, August 4–August 6, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA. CrossingsCon is this universe’s first Young Wizards convention, and is two days of panels, readings, transformative works, discussions, meta, and hugs, with some wonderful special guests and a third day of offsite events. Its Guests of Honor are Emily Skrutskie and Mark Oshiro (current Con or Bust President!).

CrossingsCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by July 15.


Worldcon 75, 9-13 August, 2017, Helsinki, Finland. Worldcon 75 is the annual World Science Fiction Convention for 2017. Its Guests of Honor are John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, and Walter Jon Williams.

Now available: six memberships donated by individuals (one without Hugo voting rights; another for first-time WorldCon attendees only). Previously claimed: 25 attending memberships and 25 hotel room nights donated by Worldcon 75; and twelve memberships donated by individuals.


Kitacon Quest, 18th to 20th August 2017, Coventry, UK. Kitacon is the UK’s largest residential, non-profit, anime and geek culture convention celebrating popular fandoms, Japanese culture and geekery.

Kitacon has donated two standard tickets to Con or Bust, to be claimed by July 15, 2017; one remains available.


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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new free membership: ConneXions

Fans of color/non-white fans: the following new free membership is available now, first-come first-served:

ConneXions, Friday, July 21st – Sunday July 23rd, 2017, Arlington, VA, USA. ConneXions is a media convention for slashers held in odd-numbered years just outside Washington, DC.

ConneXions has donated one membership to Con or Bust, to be claimed by July 7, 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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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new free memberships: VividCon, August 2017, Chicago

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

VividCon, August 4-6, 2017, Chicago, IL, USA. VividCon is an annual convention for anyone who enjoys fanvids – watching them, talking about them, or making them.

VividCon has donated three 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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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looking for memberships to CONvergence

June 15: found, thank you!

Do you have a membership to CONvergence that you can’t use? Con or Bust is looking for two donated memberships to transfer to specific fans of color/non-white fans who missed out on the recently-announced one. (The con previously generously donated four.) If you have a membership available, please email katenepveu@con-or-bust.org to arrange the donation.

Thanks very much, and please spread the word!

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last-minute memberships: Locus Awards Weekend, CONvergence, others

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

(new!) The Locus Awards Weekend, June 23-25, 2017, Seattle, WA, USA. The Locus Awards Weekend includes not only the awards ceremony but also readings, a kickoff party, panels, and an autograph session.

Locus has donated two memberships to the 2017 Awards Weekend, to be claimed by June 23, 2018.


(new!) CONvergence, July 6-9, 2017, Bloomington, MN, USA. CONvergence 2017: To Infinity & Beyond is a celebration of all things space opera. Its Guests of Honor are Lois McMaster Bujold, Kristopher Carter, Norman Cates, Eric Chu, Tracee Lee Cocco, Naomi Kritzer, Seanan McGuire, Jai Nitz, Ian Truitner, and Saymoukda Vongsay.

An individual has donated the cost of one membership, to be paid at the door. Previously, CONvergence donated four memberships to Con or Bust, which were claimed.


(new!) Worldcon 75, 9-13 August, 2017, Helsinki, Finland. Worldcon 75 is the annual World Science Fiction Convention for 2017. Its Guests of Honor are John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, and Walter Jon Williams.

Now available: two memberships donated by individuals. Previously claimed: 25 attending memberships and 25 hotel room nights donated by Worldcon 75; and twelve memberships donated by individuals.


And these memberships are not new, but are also available now and, in some cases, need to be claimed soon:

Westercon 70, July 1-4, 2017, Tempe, AZ, USA. Westercon is the most prestigious regional science fiction and fantasy convention on the west coast; Westercon 70 is also Leprecon 43 (an annual Arizona con). Its Guests of Honor are Julie Dillon, Tom Deadstuff, Larry Elmore, Connie Willis, Gini Koch, Tim Griffin, and Weston Ochse.

Westercon 70 has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by June 15, 2017.


NorthAmeriCon ’17, July 6-9, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA. NorthAmeriCon is the North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), which is held only in years when the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) is held outside of North America. Its Guests of Honor are Daína Chaviano, Tobias S. Buckell, Brother Guy Consolmagno S.J., Javier Grillo-Marxuach, George Perez, and Paula Smith.

NorthAmeriCon has donated five memberships, and an individual has donated one membership, to Con or Bust, to be claimed by June 15, 2017.


Nine Worlds, 4-6 August 2017, London, England, UK. Nine Worlds is a geekfest, or a multi media, multi-genre residential pop culture convention.

Nine Worlds has donated twenty tickets to Con or Bust. Sixteen tickets remain available.


CrossingsCon, August 4–August 6, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA. CrossingsCon is this universe’s first Young Wizards convention, and is two days of panels, readings, transformative works, discussions, meta, and hugs, with some wonderful special guests and a third day of offsite events. Its Guests of Honor are Emily Skrutskie and Mark Oshiro (current Con or Bust President!).

CrossingsCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by July 15.


Kitacon Quest, 18th to 20th August 2017, Coventry, UK. Kitacon is the UK’s largest residential, non-profit, anime and geek culture convention celebrating popular fandoms, Japanese culture and geekery.

Kitacon has donated two standard tickets to Con or Bust, to be claimed by July 15, 2017; one remains available.


FantasyCon 2017, 29th September – 1st October, 2017, Peterborough UK. Fantasycon is an essential annual destination for readers, writers, artists, editors, and publishers of all things Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction, run in partnership with the British Fantasy Society.

FantasyCon has donated two weekend memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by August 31, 2017.


GeekGirlCon, September 30 & October 1, 2017, 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 (three still available) to Con or Bust, to be claimed by September 26, 2017.


Imaginarium Convention, October 6-8, 2017, Louisville, KY, USA. Imaginarium is a unique all-genre creative writing convention. Its 2017 Guest of Honor is John Gilstrap.

Apex Magazine has donated one Imaginarium membership to Con or Bust, to be claimed during pre-registration.


OryCon, November 17-19, 2017, Portland, OR, USA. OryCon is Oregon’s premier, fan run, annual science fiction/fantasy convention held in Portland since 1979. Its Guests of Honor are Timothy Zahn; Briana Lawrence (Brichibi Cosplays) and Jessica Walsh (Snow Tigra); David Boop; and Sarah Clemens.

OryCon has donated ten memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by October 31, 2017; seven remain available.


To learn how to request these memberships, see the Request Assistance page. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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