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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Support Con or Bust when shopping at Amazon on Tues., July 11

If you already shop at Amazon, you can have Amazon automatically donate a portion of your purchases to Con or Bust:

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 if you’re an Amazon Prime member, there will be many deals exclusively for Prime members tomorrow, Tuesday, July 11, 2017; so if there’s something you had your eye on, check it out.

(As always, 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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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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Con or Bust Newsletter for June 7, 2017

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Dear all,

Welcome back to the Con or Bust newsletter, which, approximately twice a month, updates you on Con or Bust events and deadlines and brings you news related to diversity in SFF fandom (scholarships, workshops, calls for submissions, awards, and the like). Your email address will always be kept private and you can unsubscribe at any time, at the bottom of the email.

Con or Bust News

Upcoming Deadlines

  • June 15, 2017: request membership to Westercon 70, July 1-4, 2017, Tempe, AZ, USA.
  • June 15, 2017: request membership to NorthAmeriCon ’17, July 6-9, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA.
  • June 23, 2017: request membership to The Locus Awards Weekend, June 23-25, 2017, Seattle, WA, USA.

New Conventions

Memberships to the following cons were recently donated to Con or Bust:

Here is the full list of conventions to which memberships are available, and here is how to request a membership.

Fandom News

And finally, here is a picture of a cat straight out of Le Guin’s Catwings series.

Thanks for reading! See you in a couple of weeks.

Kate Nepveu

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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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available now: free membership to WisCon (May 26-29)

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

WisCon, May 26-29, 2017, Madison, WI, USA. WisCon is a 1,000-member science fiction convention with a feminist/social justice focus. Its Guests of Honor are Amal El-Mohtar and Kelly Sue DeConnick.

An individual has donated one membership to WisCon. (Previously: individuals donated three memberships to WisCon and two dessert tickets, which have all been claimed.)

For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. (Reminder: you can request monetary assistance to attend any con now through May 25. However, this does not include monetary assistance to WisCon, because the con will take place before any decisions can be made on assistance, and Con or Bust only provides assistance to upcoming cons.)

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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