The Con or Bust Auction to provide assistance for Fans of Color to attend Wiscon has opened. Bids are being taken on donated items through March 6, 2011. Items include original works of art, autographed books, and more. Originally founded in 2009, the auction was taken over by the Carl Brandon Society in 2010 when it raised more than $6,000. This year, Con or Bust hope to raise at least $7,000.
Stephanie Dray is holding the Cleopatra Literary Contest for Young Women. Young women between the ages of 13 and 22 are invited to submit short stories, essays, poems on a variety of themes in two age categories (13-18, 19-22). The winner in each category will receive $100 cash or a new e-reader, in addition to an award certificate, a month-long writing mentorship with Ms. Dray, a feature article in her blog and newsletter, and a critique from NY literary agent, Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates. The submission deadline is March 1.