You can donate to Norwescon either directly to us at the convention, or at any time during the year via PayPal! Donations are used for the Norwescon Community Fund.

Norwescon Charities

Each year we ask Norwescon members to donate items for sale during the convention to support a chosen nonprofit or to offer as prizes to our hard-working volunteers. This year our chosen nonprofit is the Young Black & Brilliant Book Club. Using the transformative power of books, YB&B fosters literacy and life skills for our local youth. They will be joining us at Norwescon this year.

We accept donations of items that are fannish in nature, such as art, jewelry, books, and games. Items will be available for sale throughout the convention in the art show. Please stop by to see what we have to offer—it’s all for a good cause! If you would like to donate an item, please drop it off in the art show with a staff member. Reach out to us about donations at charities@norwescon.org.

Norwescon Community Fund

The Norwescon Community Fund (NWCF), inspired by prior funds and initiatives, is here to support bringing more people into our community. The NWCF is a special fund to help defray the expenses of attending Norwescon for the following groups of people:

  • Black, Indigenous, People of Color
  • Pacific Northwest people of limited means

See the full Norwescon Community Fund page for more information on the fund and how to apply for assistance.

Community Partners

Over the years, Norwescon has developed relationships with many charitable and educational organizations. Norwescon is proud to partner with these estimable members of the Northwest community:

Clarion West

Clarion West is an intensive six-week workshop for writers preparing for professional careers in science fiction and fantasy, held annually in Seattle, Washington, USA. The mission of Clarion West is to provide a high quality educational opportunity for writers of speculative fiction at the start of their careers. Norwescon provides an annual scholarship to Clarion West’s intensive six-week summer workshop for writers preparing for professional careers in science fiction and fantasy.

Recipients of the Norwescon Clarion West Scholarship

  • M.T. Khan (2024)
  • Mae Juniper Stokes (2023)
  • Sam Davis (2022)
  • Joule Zelman (2021)
  • No recipient (2020**)
  • Catie Peterson (2019)
  • Rafeeat Aliyu (2018)
  • Emma Törzs (2017)
  • Lora Gray (2016)
  • Tegan Moore (2015*)
  • Evan J. Peterson (2015*)
  • Yang-Yang Wang (2014)
  • Kelly Sandoval (2013)
  • Cory Skerry (2012)
  • Jack Nicholls (2011)
  • Jack Graham (2010)

* The 2015 scholarship was split between both recipients.
** The 2020 Clarion West workshop was canceled due to COVID-19.

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