Upcoming Cons

Last updated September 6, 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

(new!) 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.


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.


Available during the next request-assistance period (August 15-25, 2017)

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.


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.


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.


Upcoming Cons that Donated Claimed/Now-Unavailable Assistance

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 donated two weekend memberships to Con or Bust, which have been claimed.


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 twenty passes to Con or Bust, all of which have been claimed.


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.