Con Or Bust: Helping Fans of Color Attend SFF Cons


[sticky post]Sticky Post: Welcome to Con or Bust!
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This is the LJ of Con or Bust, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF conventions.

If you are a fan of color/non-white fan, here is how to request assistance.

Here is how to donate money or otherwise support Con or Bust.

Please see Con or Bust's website for full information on its activities.

Annual Report for 2016 and Board Meeting Minutes
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A new post, Annual Report for 2016 and Board Meeting Minutes, was posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu, in the category or categories Information. Please view and comment on the post there.

available now: two free memberships to WorldCon 75
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A new post, available now: two free memberships to WorldCon 75, was posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu, in the category or categories Information. Please view and comment on the post there.

Shakespeare for Babies: Behowl the Moon, An Ageless Story from A Midsummer Night's Dream (signed cop
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A new post, Shakespeare for Babies: Behowl the Moon, An Ageless Story from A Midsummer Night's Dream (signed copy), was posted at Con or Bust by Erin Parekh, in the category or categories 2017 Auction. Please view and comment on the post there.

Elevator Lady Spice Cookies
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A new post, Elevator Lady Spice Cookies, was posted at Con or Bust by Madeleine Robins, in the category or categories 2017 Auction. Please view and comment on the post there.

homemade chocolate chip cookies
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A new post, homemade chocolate chip cookies, was posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu, in the category or categories 2017 Auction. Please view and comment on the post there.

Announcing Con or Bust's 2017 auction!
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A new post, Announcing Con or Bust's 2017 auction!, was posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu, in the category or categories 2017 Auction, Information. Please view and comment on the post there.

Amazon donating 5% of eligible purchases to Con or Bust today only
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Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

Today, March 16, 2017, from 12:00 a.m. PST (when this post is scheduled to publish) through 11:59 PST, Amazon will donate 5% of the price of eligible products to Con or Bust through AmazonSmile—10 times its usual rate.



Click on the above banner or go to Con or Bust’s Amazon Smile page and log in for your purchases to be counted. Again, this is a donation from Amazon, and does not affect the purchase price of your product. So if you were planning to get something from Amazon anyway, now would be a great time to do it!


Thanks, and please spread the word!


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Con or Bust Newsletter for March 1, 2017
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Originally posted at Con or Bust by Kate Nepveu. All comments must be made there.

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Dear all,


Welcome back to the Con or Bust newsletter, which approximately twice a month updates you on Con or Bust events and deadlines and brings you news related to diversity in SFF fandom (scholarships, workshops, calls for submissions, awards, and the like). Your email address will always be kept private and you can unsubscribe at any time, at the bottom of the email.


Con or Bust News


Upcoming Deadlines



  • March 3, 2017: deadline to become a candidate for election to Con or Bust’s Board of Directors.

  • March 15, 2017: deadline to request a membership to StokerCon, April 27-30, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA.

  • March 17, 2017: deadline to request a membership to Lunacon, April 7-9, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA.


New Conventions


The following cons have recently donated memberships to Con or Bust:



  • Lunacon, April 7-9, 2017, Tarrytown, NY, USA.

  • CrossingsCon, August 4–August 6, 2017, Long Beach, CA, USA.


Here is the full list of conventions to which memberships are available.


Upcoming Conventions


The following cons donated memberships to Con or Bust (or, occasionally, an individual donated memberships), and are happening now or soon, in case you’re looking for last-minute plans. Unless otherwise noted, memberships are notavailable to these cons.



Other News



  • As noted above, Con or Bust will be electing up to four members to its Board of Directors on March 19; candidate statements are due March 3 — two days from now! Anyone can be a candidate; if you are interested, or if you want to encourage someone else to run, head to the website for more information. Please spread the word — being a Director is a low time commitment, but Con or Bust’s continued operation depends on awesome people taking an interest!

  • Con or Bust’s annual auction will take place in mid-to-late April. Start thinking about what you might like to offer and what you might like to bid on — you’ll be able to offer items for bid well in advance of the auction (to be announced as soon as I get the website all squeaky-clean and ready).


Fandom News



  • The Horror Writers Association is accepting applications through March 15, 2017, for its Scholarship From Hell, which includes a trip to StokerCon and participation in the intensive, hands-on workshop environment of “Horror University.” StokerCon is April 27-30, 2017, in Long Beach, CA, USA.

  • Fear No Lit is accepting applications through August 31, 2017, for the Submerging Writer Fellowship. The Fellowship provides $500 toward AWP 18, $500 no-strings-attached, and a chapbook and launch party at AWP. Writers are eligible if they don’t have a book, a major award, or current participation in an MFA/PhD program.

  • Writing the Other is offering a five-week online course titled Writing Inclusive Fiction, taught by Nisi Shawl and K Tempest Bradford, that runs from April 6 – May 14, 2017. Pay-what-you-can-afford and scholarships are available (deadline March 28).


And finally, here is a cute animal picture, of a cheerful retriever mix.


Thanks for reading! See you in a couple of weeks.


Kate Nepveu


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