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Greetings Authors!

As you may know, the Author Auction is the primary source of funding for the GCLS Scholarship Fund. Over the last few years we have been able to offer over 40 scholarships to attendees who would otherwise not be able to join us at the conference. This is the only formal fundraiser for this Scholarship fund at this time and, thus, is the main source of donations.


This year, the Author Auction will be done in a different format.

Our plan is to present the auction as a Silent Auction. We will have a dedicated table in the vendor room with prominent signage highlighting the Auction. We will have a minimum bid (to be determined) and what you offer can include more than just the first dance (i.e. having coffee, providing editing expertise, lunch, etc). We will promote the auction throughout the conference including introductions of the authors who participate. 


We hope that you feel comfortable participating and will have some fun while helping to raise money for our Conference Scholarship program.

Historically, the Author Auction has been a live event during which attendees bid for the opportunity to share the first dance at the celebration following the awards ceremony. Over the years, we've had authors indicate that they would rather spend some time with the winning bidder over coffee or a drink. Other authors preferred to, perhaps, look over a few pages of the winning bidder's writing and provide feedback. 

While we are using a different format for the auction this year, we don't want to "do away" with the First Dance option. We know there are many, many attendees who look forward to this opportunity each year. And, there are authors who also look forward to it. So, if you are one of the folks who loves to dance and still wants that to be a part of your participation, please know that it is still a very welcome option.

Throughout the conference, we will be "talking up" the author auction. We'll encourage attendees to bid during the Opening session, the Con Virgins meeting, the Membership Meeting, etc.

There will be a microphone available for our use during lunches in the vendor room and other areas where people will be eating.

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