Sorry I haven’t been around but I’m participating in NanoWrimo again this year and it’s been hectic. I just heard about this from a friend whose work is featured in the giveaway. Details below:

The Carl Brandon Society announces a prize drawing to support The
Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Carl Brandon Society, an organization dedicated to racial and
ethnic diversity in speculative fiction, will hold a prize drawing of
five eReaders to benefit the Butler Scholarship, a fund that sends two
emerging writers of color to the Clarion writers workshops annually.

In keeping with the Society’s support of literature from and about
people of color, the prizes include five eReaders: two Barnes & Noble
Nooks, two Kobo Readers, and one Alex eReader from Spring Design. Each eReader will come pre-loaded with books, short stories and essays by writers of color from the speculative fiction field. Writers include:
N. K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Terence Taylor, Ted
Chiang, Shweta Narayan, Chesya Burke, Moondancer Drake, Saladin Ahmed, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and more.

“Octavia wanted everyone to enjoy the powerful stories writers of
color can produce when we write speculative fiction, so this drawing
would have made her very happy. It’s a wonderful win-win-win event,
raising money for a scholarship that helps writers of color while
sharing their creations with the world,” said Carl Brandon Society
co-founder Nisi Shawl, winner of the 2008 James Tiptree, Jr. Award.

“It’s so appropriate that booksellers are supporting the development
of the next generation of writers, with the next generation of reading
devices. This fundraiser will help ensure that great and
thought-provoking literature will be coming out of our community for a
long time,” added Claire Light, CBS Vice President.

“We’re thankful for the generosity shown by Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and
Spring Design in donating the devices for this drawing,” said K.
Tempest Bradford, Special Events volunteer. “Thanks to them we can
offer some of the best eReading devices available.”

The drawing’s tickets will cost one dollar US ($1) and can be
purchased at http://carlbrandon.org/drawing.html. Entrants may
purchase an unlimited number of tickets, which will be available from
November 5, 2010 through November 22nd, 2010. Sales will close at
11:59PM EDT on November 22nd. Winners will be drawn randomly from a digital “hat” and announced online.

To purchase tickets, read details about the eReaders, or to learn more
about the Carl Brandon Society, please visit the Carl Brandon Society Website: http://carlbrandon.org/

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