Upcoming Cons

Last updated January 15, 2018.

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

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, to be claimed by January 16, 2018. In addition, the Boston Speculative Fiction Writing Group (B-Spec) has donated one.


(new!) StokerCon, March 1st through March 4th, 2018, Providence, RI, USA (@StokerCon). StokerCon is the annual convention of The Horror Writers Association (HWA), the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy. Its Guests of Honor are Ramsey Campbell, Craig Engler, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Victor LaValle, Elizabeth Massie, Sam Weller, and Jeff Strand.

StokerCon has donated six memberships, to be claimed by February 20, 2018.


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.


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.


(new!) Norwescon, March 29–April 1, 2018, SeaTac, WA, USA (@norwescon). 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. While maintaining a primarily literary focus, Norwescon is large enough to provide a venue for many of the other aspects of Science Fiction and Fantasy and the interests of its fans such as anime, costuming, art, gaming, and much, much more. Its Guests of Honor are Ken Liu (Writer), Galen Dara (Artist), Mathew Wedel (Science), and Green Ronin Publishing (Spotlight Publisher).

Norwescon has donated four memberships, to be claimed by March 1, 2018.


(new!) Swancon, 29 March 2018 to 2 April 2018, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (@swancon). Swancon is the Australian Natcon in 2018. Its Guests of Honour are Kameron Hurley, Ryan J Griffen, Emily Smith and Wolf Bylsma.

Swancon has donated the following, to be claimed by the start of the con (29 March): 5 full memberships; 5 Friday memberships; 5 Saturday memberships; and 5 Sunday memberships.


Follycon, 30 March – 2 April 2018, Harrogate, England, UK (@Follycon2018). Follycon is the 69th British National Science Fiction Convention, or Eastercon. Its Guests of Honour are Kieron Gillen, Christina Lake, Nnedi Okorafor and Kim Stanley Robinson.

Follycon has donated five attending memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by March 1, 2018. Three have been claimed.


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.


Penguicon, May 4-6, 2018, Southfield, MI, USA (@Penguicon). Penguicon is a non-profit, community-run convention for open source software and hardware, science fiction, gaming, DIY, and more!

An individual has donated two memberships, to be claimed by April 1, 2018.


Available during the next request-assistance period (February 1st-10th, 2017)

The 2018 SFWA Nebula Conference, May 17-20, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (@sfwa). The SFWA Nebula Conference focuses on three tracks relevant to professionals in the genre and allows attendees to choose from career management, professional development, and expert knowledge panels and workshops throughout the weekend, and includes the Nebula Awards ceremony and banquet. You do not have to be a SFWA member to attend.

The SFWA Givers Fund has awarded $4,000 to Con or Bust to enable people of color/non-white people attend SFWA Nebula Conferences. Those interested should request assistance during February 1-10, 2018.


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.


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, to be claimed by June 1, 2018. Four remain available.


Beach City Con, October 12 – 14, 2018, Virginia Beach, VA, USA (@beachcitycon). Beach City Con is a Steven Universe fan convention.

Beach City Con has donated four weekend passes, to be claimed by September 14, 2018.


Scintillation, October 5-7, 2018, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Scintillation is a small literary focused SF convention with program by Jo Walton; details at its Kickstarter page.

Scintillation has donated three memberships and $100 to Con or Bust.


Dublin 2019, August 15-19, 2019, Dublin, Ireland (@dublin2019). Dublin 2019 is the first WorldCon in Ireland and the 77th WorldCon (aka not this year, but the year after).

Dublin 2019 has donated twelve memberships.


Upcoming Cons that Donated Claimed/Now-Unavailable Assistance

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, which has been claimed.


JoCo Cruise 2018, February 18th-25th, 2018, departing from San Diego, CA, USA (@jococruise). JoCo Cruise 2018 is a whole cruise ship (Holland America’s ms Oosterdam) full of music, comedy, and general nerdery, departing from San Diego, CA for a 7-night adventure along the Mexican Riviera.

JoCo Cruise donated ten cabins, which have all been claimed.


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, which has been claimed.