All winning bidders contacted

Just to let you know, we’ve now contacted all winning bidders via e-mail.

Thank you to everyone who has already completed the payment process over at the justgiving site, and thank you too to everyone who has been kind enough to send donations. We really appreciate it.

We’re working through the lists of everyone who has taken part, and over the next few days we will either be arranging for items to be sent out, or – where appropriate – putting winners and donors in touch. This might take a little while, so please bear with us!

Thanks again for your involvement: we’ll be bringing you the total raised once we’ve checked all the payments are in, but so far (and including all those extra donations) you’ve raised £11, 139.36. And we’re grateful for every single penny.

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JustGiving donations

Perhaps you didn’t find anything that caught your eye in our auctions – but you’d still like to be involved…

Several people have been in touch to ask whether it’s possible to make a donation to Genre for Japan without having won an auction: we’re delighted to say that it is, and we welcome any and all additional donations.

Our justgiving page can be found here, and it’s now up and running.

If you’d like to make a donation, then please feel free to – and thank you.

All donations will, along with the bids, go directly to the BRC’s Japan Tsunami Appeal, where the money will make a real difference.

To help us with the admin, if you would like to make a donation, please let us know that it’s not connected to the auction lots!

Additionally, if you’re either completing your bid or are making a donation (and you’re a UK taxpayer) please consider adding Gift Aid, as this will help raise even more money for a fantastic cause. (Note: this is only the case for “additional” donations – to the best of our knowledge, donations which are connected to an auction item are unfortunately not eligible for Gift Aid)

Thank you again for your generosity. We’re absolutely overwhelmed.

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Auctions now closed, and a note on late bids

As you already know, our auctions are now closed.

We will be contacting all our winning bidders over the next few days with instructions as to how to proceed – it might take us a little while to get to everyone, but we will contact you!

Since we closed last night, we’ve had some queries about the cut-off point for placed bids.

To clarify, we closed the auctions at midnight, and disabled the comment boxes on all the items. The system takes a minute or two to process this: it’s something we couldn’t avoid, and on a couple of items, one or two bids made just after midnight went through. Unfortunately, we are unable to include these in the auction.

In the interest of fairness, we will only be accepting bids placed up to & including 12:00, according to the WordPress comment timestamps, in line with the advertised closing time.

The highest bid (or bids, for multiple items) which were registered at or by 12:00 (midnight) will be the winning bids.

We appreciate this may have caused some concern, and apologise for any confusion or disappointment.

In the meantime, thank you so much to all our wonderful supporters and donors, and to everyone who has got involved in bidding, and in spreading the word about Genre for Japan. It’s been a greater success than we ever imagined possible, and your generosity has been nothing short of amazing.

We are deeply grateful to have been involved in such a positive experience–and we really can’t thank you enough.

Without all of you, none of this would have been possible – and we hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have!


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Bidding now closed

Bidding on our auctions has now CLOSED.

Thank you to everyone who took part.

We will be contacting the winning bidders over the next few days with instructions. Please don’t do anything until you’ve heard from us!

Once again, thank you to all our supporters and all of you who’ve bid on items. We’re absolutely floored by your enthusiasm and your generosity.

You made this event. All of you.

 – The Genre for Japan team.

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Last Day

Time’s running out to bid on our auction items… at midnight tonight, the clock turns black, we turn into pumpkins and we will close to bids.

We’ve said it before, but it can’t be said often enough: thank you to all our supporters for their generosity, and to everyone who has bid so far. You’re all wonderful, and have made us so proud to be part of this community.

Don’t miss your chance to get your hands on that item you’ve been eyeing all week: if you’ve been holding back, it’s now or never!

And remember: time is short.

Tick… tock…


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Bonus items now live

We told you we had more surprise items up our sleeves.

We meant it.

You’ll see that we’ve added several lovely new items this morning including convention tickests and more fantastic signed books – scroll through the site, or check the index for details…

Happy bidding!

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Item 138: signed, numbered, slipcased edition of A FEAST FOR CROWS by George R. R. Martin

The highest bidder will receive a numbered, slipcased edition of A FEAST FOR CROWS by George R. R. Martin, signed by the author.

Minimum Bid: £5.00

– donated by George R. R. Martin

The fourth volume in the hugely popular and highly acclaimed epic fantasy. There is passion here, and misery and charm, grandeur and squalor, tragedy, nobility and courage. Bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning, the Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne in the name of the boy-king Tommen. But fear and deceit are in the air: their enemies are poised to strike. The Martells of Dorne seek vengeance for their dead, and the heir of King Balon of the Iron Isles, Euron Crow’s Eye, is as black a pirate as ever raised a sail. Across the war-torn landscape of the Seven Kingdoms, Brienne the Beauty (thus named in mockery of her great size and strength) seeks for Sansa Stark, having vowed to protect Sansa from the wrath of Queen Cersei, Tommen’s power-hungry mother. Meanwhile apprentice Maester Samwell Tarly brings a mysterious babe in arms south to the Citadel from the cruel frozen north where the sinister Others threaten the Wall.

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