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    This year’s Authors for Voices of Color auction includes lost chapters and query critiques.

    Jessie Gaynor

    September 7, 2021, 12:39pm

    Last year, Authors for Voices of Color, an initiative that “unites publishing professionals in the fight to dismantle systemic racism and elevate voices of color,” founded by Andrea Bartz and Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, raised over $14,000 for racial justice non-profits with its inaugural auction. Today, the second annual auction launched online, and the offerings are, once again, extremely cool.

    The goods include exclusive lost chapters, author-annotated books (including Zakiya Dalila Harris’ The Other Black Girl and Dawnie Walton’s The Final Revival of Opal & Nev), query critiques with agents and authors, a one-hour writing consultation with Roxane Gay, and personalized reading recommendations from Jia Tolentino. (Also, if you have some money to burn on a high-concept burn, the copyediting services of Benjamin Dreyer would make a lovely, slightly passive-aggressive, gift.)

    The proceeds will go to 12 organizations that “focus on amplifying marginalized voices and increasing racial justice in education, publishing, literacy, and creative storytelling on a national or multistate level,” including Barbershop Books, American Indian College Fund, and We Need Diverse Books.

    The auction runs through September 30th, so get clicking.

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