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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reminder: request assistance through Friday, August 25

Fans of color/non-white fans: a reminder that you can request assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons now through this Friday, August 25, 2017. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. (Please note the updated policy regarding travel insurance!) For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Please feel free to comment with any questions, 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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request assistance now through August 25

Fans of color/non-white fans: you can request assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons now through August 25, 2017. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. (Please note the updated policy regarding travel insurance!) For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

Please feel free to comment with any questions, and please spread the word!

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updated policy regarding requesting monetary assistance

Fans of color/non-white fans: as of now, if you request monetary assistance from Con or Bust for non-refundable expenses, i.e., flights (or, occasionally, hotel pre-payment), you are required to purchase travel cancellation insurance.

Here is some background information on travel insurance: a short article from Consumer Reports; USA Today on comparing plans; and Frommers.com’s Top 8 Travel Insurance Providers. Con or Bust is requiring travel cancellation insurance, so we can get back at least part of the cost of your non-refundable plane tickets if you have to cancel. Any other kind of insurance is not mandatory.

Monetary assistance can next be requested August 15-25. 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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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.)

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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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