Upcoming Cons

Last updated October 10, 2017.

This page lists the upcoming cons for which specific assistance (usually donated memberships) is available for fans of color/non-white fans. They are divided into two lists, depending on how far in the future the con is. If a con will take place before or shortly after the next assistance period, the listed membership can be requested immediately, first-come first-served. If the con is further in the future, memberships should be requested during the next quarterly application period, because it’s more efficient to allocate memberships along with other assistance that might be needed. Go to the Request Assistance page for the appropriate form.

(This page also lists upcoming cons for which assistance was donated by the con but is no longer available, for people’s general information.)

All descriptions are from the cons’ websites.

Available immediately, first-come first-served

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.


ConFusion, January 19-21, 2018, Detroit, MI, USA. ConFusion is the longest-running fan-run sf/f convention in Michigan and a premier event for publishing professionals and fans alike.

Apex Magazine has donated a membership to ConFusion.


(new!) 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.


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.


(new!) 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.


Available during the next request-assistance period (November 1-10, 2017)

(new!) 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.


Ice & Fire Con, April 27-28, 2018, Mt Sterling, OH, USA. Ice & Fire Con is a convention themed around George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series and HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Ice & Fire Con has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by April 20, 2018. Note that attendees must be 18 years or older.


WisCon, May 25-28, 2018, Madison, WI, USA. WisCon is a 1,000-member science fiction convention with a feminist/social justice focus. Its Guests of Honor are Saladin Ahmed and Tananarive Due.

An individual has donated one membership to WisCon.


The Locus Awards Weekend, June 22-24, 2018, 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 2018 Awards Weekend, to be claimed by June 18, 2018.


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.


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.


(new!) 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.


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.


Upcoming Cons that Donated Claimed/Now-Unavailable Assistance

Sirens, October 26-29, 2017, Vail, 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 women who work magic, and its guests of honor are Zoraida Córdova, N. K. Jemisin, and Victoria Schwab.

Sirens donated three scholarships to Con or Bust, which included a full registration to Sirens and a Sirens Shuttle ticket. All of them have been claimed.