This auction ended on 11th Jan 2020.
Total confirmed donations to date: $515,324
AUTHORS FOR FIREYS
A Twitter auction channelling funds directly to our brave Australian firefighters.
Click here to go straight to the donation instructions.
Authors For Fireys is an auction of signed books, illustrations, unique experiences, one-off opportunities and writers' services. Over 500 writers and illustrators are auctioning on Twitter from 6th Jan 2020 under the hashtags #AuthorsForFireys and #AuthorsForFiries. The auction ends on 11th Jan 2020 at 11pm (Syd/Mel time). This is the supporting site.
Please note that while the official end time for the auction is 11th Jan 2020 at 11pm (Syd/Mel time) you must check the item you are bidding on and the person who is running that auction item as they may have reasons for an earlier finish time.
ABOUT THE AUCTION
A guide for creators and bidders
#AuthorsForFireys works in the same way as the September 2017 auction #AuthorsForAsylum. It starts on Monday 6th Jan 2020 and ends at 11pm Sydney/Melbourne time on Saturday 11th Jan 2020.
Each author/illustrator involved (open invitation) creates a tweet announcing an item, unique opportunity or writing service they are offering to donate. The tweet will include a supporting image, plus the auction end time and hashtag #AuthorsForFireys (please note that the hashtag #AuthorsForFiries is also now in use).
Twitter users reply to that tweet with their bid in Australian dollars. Bidding continues on that thread (in increments of $1 Australian dollar or more) until the auction end time.
When the auction has ended, the item ‘owner’ messages the highest bidder on the thread.
The highest bidder is instructed to donate directly to an Australian state fire service. Some authors will nominate, others will leave it up to the highest bidder to choose. Either way they must provide proof of donation to the item ‘owner’.
When proof of donation is received, the item or service is dispatched.
To sum up...
Creators run their own individual auction / tweet under the hashtag.
Twitter users scroll through the auction items under the hashtag and reply to the items to make their bids. Make your bids on the original item thread only. (ie. If you see an item quote-tweeted, do not bid there.) TOP TIP: open up the thread under the item to see what others are bidding.
HOW CAN I TAKE PART?
All you need is a Twitter account. Bid on items you are interested in by replying to the item tweet. Keep track of them in case you are outbid. Anyone can bid on an item, and all authors and illustrators are invited to join in if they have an item they'd like to auction.
IF I HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED AS THE HIGHEST BIDDER, WHERE DO I MAKE THE PAYMENT?
Click here to find out more about payment options. The item owner will be in touch with you to make arrangements regarding the item to have won once you have provided them with proof of your donation.
WHO ARE YOU?
We are a small batch of YA and Children's authors who have successfully organised auctions like this in the past. However, anyone is welcome to take part on Twitter. Follow the hashtag to see how it works and jump in!
DISCLAIMER: every effort will be made to honour the correct highest bidder in each individual auction, and, acting in good faith, each individual, organisation and commercial entity offering goods and services in return for donations to approved state fire services as part of the #AuthorsforFireys auction will attempt to rectify any genuine errors in timely fashion. However, auctioneers retain the right to determine the winning bid on each item offered within reasonable limits, and no further correspondence will be entered into. Thank you for participating and we urge everyone to make a donation to a bushfire-related charity regardless of your success or otherwise in the auction.