Genre for Japan

We have all been made aware of the terrible events in Japan since the earthquake and tsunami on 11th March and many of us have felt that we ought to be able to do something to help. Well thanks to the efforts of a group of genre enthusiasts we can.

Genre for Japan is an online auction of prizes donated by authors, publishers and others involved in genre fiction. It’s an appeal to the speculative fiction community to raise money for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

The press release is below: ~

Press Release: Time to Donate Prizes!

Genre for Japan

We’ve all heard the news and seen the horrific pictures coming from Japan in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami – and no doubt we’ve all wondered how to help.

Following the example of Authors for Japan, where bids are now closed, we’d like to introduce Genre for Japan, a chance for the comics, science fiction, fantasy and horror communities to unite and show our generosity to those who need it right now. We are planning to run auctions for genre-themed prizes and we need YOU to donate. We are looking for really fantastic prizes: examples might include signed first editions, coaching sessions with agents for that perfect submission letter or original artwork!

Some of the prizes already donated include a year’s supply of books from Tor, signed artwork from Solaris Books and editing/critiques from professional authors and editors.The prizes will be auctioned on our website, through JustGiving, in aid of the British Red Cross Tsunami Appeal.

If you have something really special to donate, please drop us a line at including information such as a starting bid amount, a sentence or two about the item, and whether you wish to send the prize to a central collecting point or would be willing to post it to the winning bidder. Photos would also help us to list the item, if relevant.

The deadline to receive offers of prizes is 25th March, with the auction set to begin on 28th March.

Find out more information on our website:

Follow us on twitter: @genreforjapan
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Genre for Japan is organised by:

Amanda Rutter: reviewer and webmistress at Floor to Ceiling Books
Jenni Hill: editor for science fiction, fantasy and horror publishers Solaris Books
Louise Morgan: author and interviewer for the British Fantasy Society
Ro Smith: writer and reviewer; blogger at In Search of the Happiness Max
Alasdair Stuart is the editor of Hub magazine.

If you’re an author or publisher, I encourage you to get involved. If you have collectables that you would be willing to donate, then likewise. If you are a speculative fiction reader, please take a look at the fabulous items available – tell your friends about it – tweet about it – put it on Facebook – Phone your auntie and tell her.

For my part I am offering the following: ~

For Readers

The winning bidder gets to have one of the fey-human characters in the third book of The Courts of the Feyre series named after them, with a mention in the explanatory notes at the back of the book which Mike always includes. He is also open to discussions on physical appearance and magical ability, though within the constraints of the plot and story arc. Note that this character may or may not ‘survive’ the book to appear in later work and may or may not be one of the ‘good guys’.

For Writers

Not for the faint-hearted, this is a no-holds-barred detailed critique of up to 10,000 words of a single piece of prose with explanatory notes, comments and suggestions. The work can be a short story, part of a novel, or even a synopsis and agent query. As a professional author, Mike will endeavour to help you take your writing to the next level. Submission and critique via email.

The auction will start on Monday 28th March, so start saving your pocket money.

  1. #1 by MEG on March 22, 2011 - 11:44 am

    This looks absolutely fantastic! Wonderful idea, professionally presented and a great cause. I’ll be checking to see what I can offer and definitely intend to bid on a few things.

    Your prizes are wonderful, too. They’ll generate a few pounds!

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