Upcoming Cons

Last updated February 25, 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 long it is until the con. 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 away, 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

  • 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 28, 2017.

  • Lunacon, April 7-9, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA. Lunacon is the New York area’s longest-running Science Fiction convention, held a short trip north of New York City in Westchester County. Its guests are: Writer Guest of Honor Ben Bova; Artist Guest of Honor Bob Eggleton; Fan Guest of Honor Roberta Rogow; Musical Guests Boogie Knights; Special Guest Artist Marianne Plumridge.

    Lunacon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by March 17, 2017.

  • TGIF/F, April 7-9, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, USA. TGIF/F is a multi-fandom femslash convention designed to bring together various fan communities to build connections, encourage discussion, and create art; its programming includes panels on SFF genre works, fantasy, video games, and more topics of SFF interest.

    TGIF/F has donated five passes to Con or Bust, to be claimed by April 6, 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; four have 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.

  • (new!) 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 has donated two weekend memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by August 31, 2017.

  • 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; nine remain available.

Upcoming Cons that Donated Claimed/Now-Unavailable Assistance

  • 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 donated four memberships, which were not claimed by the deadline.

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

  • 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; two were claimed by the deadline.

  • Emerald City Comicon, March 2-5, 2017, Seattle, WA, USA. Emerald City Comicon is the premier comic book and pop culture convention in the Northwest.

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

  • 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 donated one membership to MidSouthCon, which was not claimed by the deadline.

  • 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 have been claimed.

  • 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 donated 25 attending memberships and 25 hotel room nights, all of which have been claimed; three memberships donated by individuals have also been claimed.

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