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The BristolCon Foundation

The BristolCon Foundation was formed in 2011 with the simple mission ‘to encourage the creation and enjoyment of Speculative Fiction, in all its forms, with a focus on the West Country and South Wales.’

BristolCon doesn’t set out to make a profit, but if any funds are left over after each annual convention, the Foundation provides loans or grants for projects and activities we hope will bring specfic to wider audiences, bring new creators to the genre and help provide development for those starting their careers, whether that’s by running workshops, helping fund launches, or providing what promotion we can. There are various things we might be able to do for you – don’t be too shy to ask! That’s what the Foundation is there for.

Bristol and its surrounding towns are home to a thriving community of fans, writers and artists, but this network can be invisible to people who have yet to discover it. The Foundation aims to support and strengthen the community, reaching out to everyone in the city and the surrounding areas and helping them to connect with one another, sometimes over coffee or a pint, sometimes at wide-ranging local or national events. We work on a number of levels, and as long as there’s cake, we’re likely to be there in some form.

If you’re involved in a project that you think we’d be interested in and would like to apply for a loan or grant of up to £250, or if you just want to pick our brains or reach out to the Bristol SF&F community, please contact MEG at chair[at]bristolcon[dot]org.



The BristolCon Fringe – ongoing monthly readings in Bristol

Launch party for David J Rodger’s The Social Club

Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion and the Airship Ball – an anthology of steampunk stories set in Bristol, and its spectacular launch party

North by South West – an anthology produced by the North Bristol Creative Writing Group

Fight Like A Girl launch event

Launch of RB Watkinson’s The Cracked Amulet






6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 RB Watkinson // Jan 22, 2016 at 12:01 am

    I’d love to be considered for a spot of some sort at your Bristolcon this year if that’s possible. I’ve just had my first book published: The Cracked Amulet – epic fantasy, bk 1 of The Wefan Weaves trilogy. Publisher – Claret Press, London. It’s on Amazon, and Nielson, etc. If you want a copy of the book, I’d happily send you a copy. Obviously, I’d be over the moon if you considered me.
    All the best
    RB Watkinson

  • 2 Roz Clarke // Jan 29, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Hi RB. I will ask our memberships manager to mark you down as a potential participant and you will be contacted the the programme manager or myself in late spring / early summer to go through the proposed panels for this year’s convention. You will need to have a membership before we can confirm your participation. We look forward to welcoming you to BristolCon!

  • 3 RB Watkinson // Jan 29, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Hello and thanks for your reply
    I’m happy to become a member, but I was rather unsure of which choice to make. Should I pay £25 to become a member from June 1st? Would that cover me for the actual convention?

    All the best
    RB Watkinson

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