free con memberships: Farpoint, Kitacon, and lots more

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

  • Farpoint, February 17-19, 2017, Baltimore, MD, USA. Farpoint is an annual gathering for fans of all genres of imaginative fiction – Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, SuperHeroes – in all the media formats in which they might appear. Its celebrity guests are Sam Witwer from the Star Wars universe and Once Upon A Time, Enver Gjokaj from Marvel’s Agent Carter and Star Trek legend/Oscar-nominated director Nicholas Meyer.

    Farpoint has donated four weekend membership tickets to Con or Bust, to be claimed by February 5, 2017. Attendees should note that their ticket INCLUDES one signature from the celebrity of their choice on Saturday and one on Sunday at no additional charge on an item they bring to the convention to be signed.

  • 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.

The following memberships are not new, but are also still available:

  • 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, one of which has been claimed, and individuals have donated four memberships; all should be claimed by January 15, 2017.

  • MidSouthCon, March 24–26, 2017, Memphis, TN, USA. MidSouthCon is the longest-running annual ran-run multi-genre Science Fiction Convention in the Mid-South. Its GoHs are: Author GoH – Jack Campbell; Comics GoH – Tom DeFalco; Science GoH – Les Johnson; Artist GoH – Matt Stawicki; Gaming GoH – Keith Baker; Editor GoH – Allan Gilbreath; Toastmaster – Michael Bielaczyc; and Toastmaster – Paul Bielaczyc.

    An individual has donated one membership to MidSouthCon, which must be claimed by January 31, 2017.

  • 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, which should be claimed by January 31, 2017.

  • HELIOsphere, March 10-12, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA. HELIOsphere is a new science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Guests of Honor are Jacqueline Carey, David Gerrold, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail, with Special Guest Charles Gannon.

    HELIOsphere has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by February 21, 2017.

  • Norwescon, April 13–16, 2017, Seattle, WA, USA. Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s premier science fiction and fantasy convention and one of the largest regional science fiction and fantasy conventions in the United States. Its Guests of Honor are Cory & Catska Ench (Artists), Ethan Siegel (Science), Nancy Kress (Toastmaster), and Angry Robot Books (Spotlight Publisher).

    Norwescon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by April 1, 2017.

  • 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; one has been claimed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Worldcon 75 has donated 25 attending memberships and 25 hotel room nights to Con or Bust; four attending memberships remain, but all of the hotel room nights have been claimed. An individual has also donated a membership.

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

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Arisa Bake Sale: Saturday Jan. 14

I will be running the Arisia Bake Sale this year on Saturday, January 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (or whenever we run out of food), to benefit both Con or Bust and the Tiptree Award.

If you’re coming to Arisia, please stop by—to buy something, to bring food, or both! All non-refrigerated foods are welcome (particularly those that also suit dietary restrictions). If you are thinking of bringing something, I’d appreciate it if you’d drop a line to bakesale@arisia.org (or comment here). You can also drop food off ahead of time at the Arisia Team HQ (Quincy), if you won’t be around Saturday morning.

Let me know if you have any questions, and hope to see you there!

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free memberships to Norwescon; backup request forms

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

  • Norwescon, April 13–16, 2017, Seattle, WA, USA. Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s premier science fiction and fantasy convention and one of the largest regional science fiction and fantasy conventions in the United States. Its Guests of Honor are Cory & Catska Ench (Artists), Ethan Siegel (Science), Nancy Kress (Toastmaster), and Angry Robot Books (Spotlight Publisher).

    Norwescon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by April 1, 2017.

To learn how to request 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.

In addition: for those who cannot access the Google Docs forms to request memberships & assistance, there are now locally-hosted backup forms that can be found at the Request Assistance page. (It makes my life considerably easier if people who can use the Google Docs form, do use the Google Docs form, however.)

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free con memberships: HELIOsphere and more

Fans of color/non-white fans: Con or Bust has been donated the following new free memberships, available now first-come first-serve:

  • HELIOsphere, March 10-12, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA. HELIOsphere is a new science fiction and fantasy convention. Its Guests of Honor are Jacqueline Carey, David Gerrold, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail, with Special Guest Charles Gannon.

    HELIOsphere has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by February 21, 2017.

The following other memberships remain available:

  • 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.

    Three memberships are available: one of two donated by the con, and two donated by individuals. These must be claimed by December 31, 2016.

  • 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.

    Five memberships remain available: one of two donated by the con, and four donated by individuals. These must be claimed by January 15, 2017.

  • MidSouthCon, March 24–26, 2017, Memphis, TN, USA. MidSouthCon is the longest-running annual ran-run multi-genre Science Fiction Convention in the Mid-South. Its GoHs are: Author GoH – Jack Campbell; Comics GoH – Tom DeFalco; Science GoH – Les Johnson; Artist GoH – Matt Stawicki; Gaming GoH – Keith Baker; Editor GoH – Allan Gilbreath; Toastmaster – Michael Bielaczyc; and Toastmaster – Paul Bielaczyc.

    An individual has donated one membership to MidSouthCon, which must be claimed by January 31, 2017.

  • 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.

  • 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; one has been claimed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Seven attending memberships remain available: 6 of 25 donated by the con, and one donated by an individual.

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

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free membership to MidSouthCon available through 1/31

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

  • MidSouthCon, March 24–26, 2017, Memphis, TN, USA. MidSouthCon is the longest-running annual ran-run multi-genre Science Fiction Convention in the Mid-South. Its GoHs are: Author GoH – Jack Campbell; Comics GoH – Tom DeFalco; Science GoH – Les Johnson; Artist GoH – Matt Stawicki; Gaming GoH – Keith Baker; Editor GoH – Allan Gilbreath; Toastmaster – Michael Bielaczyc; and Toastmaster – Paul Bielaczyc.

    An individual has donated one membership to MidSouthCon, which must be claimed by January 31, 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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Ways to support Con or Bust on #GivingTuesday

On this Giving Tuesday, a quick reminder of the ways you can support Con or Bust and help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons:

  • Donate money directly;
  • Shop at Amazon;
  • Donate con memberships; and/or
  • Buy a T-shirt.

Donating Money

If you have a PayPal account and would like to make a one-time donation, please consider following this link to the PayPal Giving Fund; through December 31, PayPal will add 1% to your donation (and deduct no fees).

One-time donations by credit card can be made by clicking the PayPal button below (PayPal deducts a reduced charity fee from these donations).





You can also make a recurring donation with a PayPal account:

How often would you like to donate automatically?

How many times would you to donate (including this payment)?

How much would you like to donate each time?



Or you can mail a donation to:

Con or Bust, Inc.
P.O. Box 9432
Niskayuna, NY 12309

Amazon Smile

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

Click on the above banner, log in, and every time you start shopping from smile.amazon.com, a portion of your eligible purchases will be donated to Con or Bust.

Donating Con Memberships

You can donate SFF con memberships on behalf of a con or as an individual; please email katenepveu@con-or-bust.org with the following information:

  1. The con you are donating memberships to, or other support for;
  2. What information you need about the recipients to register them; and
  3. When you need that information by.

Buy a T-shirt

Finally, you can buy a T-shirt with Con or Bust’s logo.

Con or Bust, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which means that donations to Con or Bust are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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reminder: request assistance through Friday, Nov. 25

Fans of color/non-white fans: request monetary assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons now through Friday, November 25, 2016 (yes, that’s the day after U.S. Thanksgiving). 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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Invisible 3 call for submissions

Jim Hines and Mary Anne Mohanraj have put out a call for submissions for essays and poems to be included in Invisible 3, an anthology whose proceeds benefit Con or Bust:

We’re looking for personal, first-hand stories between 400 and 1000 words talking about the impact of SF/F stories and what it’s like to see yourself misrepresented or erased, or relegated to the backgrounds. We’re also interested in the ways underrepresented and marginalized writers have worked to reclaim space in the genre.

While the primary focus is on these personal essays, we’d like to incorporate a few poems for this volume as well.

Proposals are due by December 1; head to Jim’s site for more details.

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reminder: request assistance November 15-25

Fans of color/non-white fans: a reminder that you can request monetary assistance to attend upcoming SFF cons during November 15-25, 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.

Thanks, and please spread the word!

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