Current through August 28, 2021
as amended, Bouchercon XLVIII , St. Petersburg, September 2018, Bouchercon L ,
Dallas, November 2019, Bouchercon LI , Sacramento, October 2020
I. Bouchercon, Inc., the World Mystery Convention, is a nonprofit organization (hereinafter referred to as “Bouchercon”)
which holds an annual convention (hereinafter referred to as “Annual Convention”) in honor of Anthony Boucher, the
distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author whose real name was William Anthony Parker White. It is the
world’s premier event bringing together all parts of the mystery and crime fiction community and is commonly referred to
as Bouchercon with the appropriate sequential number appended.
II. Membership. Full-time registered attendees and Guests of Honor of each Annual Convention (hereinafter referred to as
“Members”) shall constitute the membership of Bouchercon from the beginning of each year’s Convention until the
commencement of the following year’s Convention.
III. Board of Directors.
A. The Bouchercon Board of Directors (hereinafter referred to as “Board”) shall be established to further the goals of
1. Unless authorized by the Members, Board members are not entitled to receive remuneration for the duties they
perform on behalf of Bouchercon, except they may be reimbursed for expenses.
2. Every Board member shall be deemed to have assumed office on the express understanding, agreement and
condition that each director and officer shall be indemnified and saved harmless from any costs, charges or
expenses arising from any action, suit or proceeding relating to the activities of Bouchercon and its Board unless
it arose from their own willful neglect, fraudulent misconduct, or failure to act honestly and in good faith with a
view to the best interests of Bouchercon.
B. The officers shall be Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The Board shall appoint its officers to one-year
terms commencing after the conclusion of each General Members Meeting.
C. The Board shall:
1. Act in the interim between Annual Conventions as needed to maintain and improve Bouchercon.
2. Conduct a General Members Meeting at each Annual Convention
3. Prepare proposals for Bylaws (hereinafter referred to as “Bylaws”) and Rules (hereinafter referred to as “Rules”)
changes to be put before the members at the General Members Meeting.
4. Determine if bids submitted for future Annual Conventions meet minimum requirements established in the Bylaws
and Rules. Any bid deemed by the Board to meet these requirements will be presented to the Members for
approval, except that if more than three acceptable bids are submitted for any one year, the Board can choose to
limit presentations to the top three.
5. Maintain a “best practices” manual and a history of Bouchercon.
6. Assist Local Organizing Committees to conduct successful Annual Conventions and review results of each year’s
7. Appoint committees and conduct projects that lead to the long-term success of Bouchercon.
8. Receive excess revenue generated by each Annual Convention; distribute funds to Local Organizing Committees
as seed money or for operations, conduct special projects, and fund Board operations. None of these funds shall
inure to the benefit of any Board member. All revenue received shall be used for the purposes of Bouchercon.
9. Report at each General Members Meeting on Bouchercon’s receipts, disbursements, and financial status.
10. Protect and promote the Bouchercon name, image, and brand.
11. Hire an Administrator, in order that the business of Bouchercon not unduly burden individual officers and
committees of the Board. Said Administrator shall serve at the will of the Board of Directors and report to the
Chair of the Board. The Administrator is not a member of the Board but serves as an ex-officio and non-voting
member. The Administrator shall carry out an ongoing program of record-keeping, organizational reporting, and
general administrative support as determined by the Board.
12. Create a position of Immediate Past-Chair, who as a non-voting ex-officio member will serve a one-year term in
an advisory capacity.
IV. Annual Convention.
A. The Annual Convention shall be held in September, October, or November of each year in a location approved by the
Members at a General Members Meeting; Annual Conventions may be approved up to five years in advance.
B. Local Organizing Committees shall bid to hold Annual Conventions through a process enumerated in the Rules.
C. A bid for an Annual Convention in a non-North American site may be awarded if it will occur at least five years from
another non-North American Annual Convention.
D. If at the conclusion of the General Members Meeting a location has not been approved for an Annual Convention
scheduled within 36 months, or if an approved bid is withdrawn for a Convention planned within 36 months, the Board
can approve a location for such Annual Convention.
V. Local Organizing Committees.
A. Local Organizing Committees wishing to host an Annual Convention must submit a bid to be placed before the
Members at the General Members Meeting. A Local Organizing Committee awarded a bid must either become a
subsidiary of Bouchercon, or be or become a tax-exempt, but not tax-deductible, nonprofit corporation.
B. The chair, or at least one of any co-chairs, of the Local Organizing Committee must, within six weeks of a bid being
approved, sign a contract with the chair of the Board agreeing to hold the Annual Convention under the provisions of
its bid, these Bylaws and the Standing Rules.
C. Guests of Honor.
1. The Local Organizing Committee for each Annual Convention shall select its Guests of Honor, which may include
Fan Guests, Author Guests, Toastmaster, Special Guests, Distinguished Contribution to the Mystery Community,
and Lifetime Achievement.
2. Guests of Honor may have their hotel, travel and meal expenses covered by the Local Organizing Committee but
shall not receive any honorarium for appearing or speaking at an Annual Convention.
3. An individual may serve in different Guest capacities at different Annual Conventions but should not serve in the
same capacity twice.
D. Anthony Awards.
1. The Anthony Awards shall be given to honor the memory of Anthony Boucher. The Local Organizing Committee
shall oversee the determination and awarding of the Anthony Awards within the provisions of these Bylaws and
2. Anthony Awards are given for work with a first publication date (when applicable) during the year before the
Annual Convention. In the event the work’s first publication occurs in a non-North American country, nominations
may be made based on that date, or on a subsequent North American publication date.
3. Awards shall be designated by the year they are awarded, rather than when the work was published or produced.
E. Each Local Organizing Committee is responsible for all expenses associated with holding its Annual Convention and
acknowledges that Bouchercon and all other Local Organizing Committees have no liability for covering any
F. Local Organizing Committees shall present progress reports at each General Members Meeting before and during its
G. Within 90 days after its Annual Convention, the Local Organizing Committee shall provide the Board with a full
accounting of the finances of its Annual Convention and provide the Board and any upcoming Local Organizing
Committees with its membership list.
H. Within one year after its Annual Convention, the Local Organizing Committee shall provide the Board with a full and
final accounting of the finances of its Annual Convention. During that year, the Local Organizing Committee will
continue to provide financial reports as outlined in the Rules.
I. Each Local Organizing Committee shall prepare a program book for its Annual Convention.
J. After the Local Organizing Committee has paid all expenses for its Annual Convention, any funds remaining must be
turned over to the Board for the purposes established in the Bylaws and Rules.
VI. General Members Meeting.
A. The Board shall hold a General Members Meeting at each Annual Convention open and advertised to all Members;
the current Local Organizing Committee and the Board shall encourage Members to attend.
B. Unless otherwise specified, a simple majority of the Members present and voting at the meeting shall be sufficient to
C. There shall be no quorum for the General Members Meeting.
D. Actions that may be taken at the General Members Meeting include but are not limited to:
1. Awarding bids for future Annual Conventions.
2. Electing members to the Board.
3. Approving Bylaws and Rules; and
4. Such other items as deemed appropriate.
E. The agenda for the General Members Meeting shall be established by the Board.
VII. Membership number 000 is retired in memory of the late Mrs. Phyllis White, widow and lifetime helpmate of Anthony Boucher and longtime supporter of Bouchercon during her lifetime.
A. The current Bylaws shall be published and distributed to all Members at each Annual Convention; when possible,
proposed amendments to bylaws shall also be published and distributed.
1. Amendments to the Bylaws may be proposed by a Member or the Board.
2. Proposed amendments shall be written and shall be distributed and discussed at a General Members Meeting. If
the proposal receives a majority of votes at that Meeting, it shall be considered for adoption at the subsequent
General Members meeting.
3. At the subsequent General Members Meeting a two-thirds majority is required for adoption.