Category: Memberships

free memberships to Worldcon 75 available now

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

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.

Newly donated by individuals are two first-time attendee and three regular attending memberships. Previously claimed: 25 attending memberships and 25 hotel room nights donated by Worldcon 75; and five memberships donated by individuals.

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.

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last-minute free membership: StokerCon, April 27-30, CA, USA

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

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.

Currently available is one membership donated by an individual. Previously, StokerCon donated six memberships to Con or Bust; four were claimed by the deadline of March 15, 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.

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new free memberships: GeekGirlCon

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

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 has donated ten passes to Con or Bust.

To learn how to request 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.

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new free memberships: Sirens (CO, USA); Imaginarium (KY, USA)

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

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.


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 has donated three scholarships to Con or Bust (one remains available), which include a full registration to Sirens and a Sirens Shuttle ticket. The registration gives attendees access to everything from Thursday afternoon to Sunday, including all Guest of Honor keynote addresses and accompanying meals. The shuttle ticket covers ground transportation to and from the Denver airport to the Hotel Talisa (more info, including schedule). The scholarships do not include tickets to the pre-conference events of the Sirens Studio and Sirens Supper; transportation to Denver; or hotel costs. These should be claimed by September 23, 2017.


To learn how to request memberships, see the Request Assistance page (this also provides information on requesting monetary assistance during May 15-25). For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

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new free memberships: MISTI-Con (May 18-22, NH, USA)

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

MISTI-Con, May 18-22, 2017, Laconia, NH, USA. MISTI-Con is a Harry Potter fan convention sponsored by The Group That Shall Not Be Named (HP-NYC), in cooperation with the Margate Hotel in Laconia, New Hampshire. The third MISTI-Con, MISTI-Con 2017 will be held in May of 2017. Designed to fill the need for smaller, more intimate HP conventions, MISTI-Con will transform the Margate into an immersive magical experience. Its theme for 2017 is Coming Home.

An individual has donated two memberships to MISTI-Con, to be claimed by May 3, 2017.

To learn how to request a membership, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

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reminder: request free memberships to Ice & Fire Con by April 20 (tomorrow)

Fans of color/non-white fans: a reminder that the following memberships are available, first-come first-served, by tomorrow, Thursday, April 20:

Ice & Fire Con, April 28-30, 2017, Pembroke, VA, 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, 2017. Note that attendees must be 18 years or older.

To learn how to request a membership, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page.

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Con or Bust is looking for donated WorldCon memberships

Con or Bust is looking for at least one donated attending membership to WorldCon 75. If you have one that you will be unable to use, and would like to transfer it to Con or Bust to be donated to a fan of color/non-white fan, please drop an email to katenepveu@con-or-bust.org, and I will arrange the transfer.

(If there’s more than one person out there, we can arrange to offer your membership for a certain period of time, after which you can reclaim possession of it to sell or otherwise dispose of. But demand for donated memberships to WorldCons generally, and WorldCons outside North America specifically, is always pretty high, for what that’s worth.)

Thanks, and please spread the word!

Edit: one kind person has offered a membership, so that’s the immediate need met, but as I said above, there will almost certainly be more demand!

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new free memberships: NorthAmeriCon ’17 (the 2017 NASFiC)

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

NorthAmeriCon ’17, July 6-9, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA. NorthAmeriCon is the North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), which is held only in years when the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) is held outside of North America. Its Guests of Honor are Daína Chaviano, Tobias S. Buckell, Brother Guy Consolmagno S.J., Javier Grillo-Marxuach, George Perez, and Paula Smith.

NorthAmeriCon has donated five memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by June 15, 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.

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free memberships: CONvergence, TGIF/F, Nine Worlds

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

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 (tomorrow!).


(new!) CONvergence, July 6-9, 2017, Bloomington, MN, USA. CONvergence 2017: To Infinity & Beyond is a celebration of all things space opera. Its Guests of Honor are Lois McMaster Bujold, Kristopher Carter, Norman Cates, Eric Chu, Tracee Lee Cocco, Naomi Kritzer, Seanan McGuire, Jai Nitz, and Ian Truitner.

CONvergence has donated four memberships to Con or Bust, to be claimed by May 20, 2017.


Nine Worlds, 4-6 August 2017, London, England, UK. Nine Worlds is a geekfest, or a multi media, multi-genre residential pop culture convention.

Nine Worlds has donated twenty tickets to Con or Bust. Anyone who requests a membership by the end of Thursday, April 6 (also tomorrow!) will be emailed the booking link for the convention hotel that Saturday (more information). Eighteen tickets remain available.


There are lots more memberships available; these are just the newest or the ones with the closest deadlines. For the full list of cons, see the Upcoming Cons page. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. Thanks, and please spread the word!

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new free memberships: Ice & Fire Con; Beach City Con

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

Ice & Fire Con, April 28-30, 2017, Pembroke, VA, 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, 2017. Note that attendees must be 18 years or older.


Beach City Con, October 13-15, 2017, Virginia Beach, VA, USA. The first Steven Universe convention is a fan-run non-profit event that will offer traditional convention programming with a Crystal Gem twist.

Beach City Con has donated two tickets to Con or Bust, to be claimed by October 6, 2018.


And for planning-ahead purposes, the following memberships will be available during May 15-25, 2017, when fans of color can next request monetary assistance to cons as well as memberships:

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.


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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