The 2016 Lulu Awards: Silent Auction

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In order to give people who can’t make it to the event a chance to bid on some special items, we are making a few of our silent auction items available for online bidding in advance of the event.  If you would like to bid on any of the items below, but are not attending The 2016 Lulu Awards at AWP, please email and include the following information:

  • your name
  • your contact information (phone and email)
  • the item(s) you would like to bid on
  • your starting bid amount  (there is a required minimum bid posted with each item)
  • maximum bid amount for each item(s)

There will be auction attendants onsite during the silent auction event to bid on the item(s) for you, up to your specified maximum bid amount. All bidding will be done according to the bid increments posted with each item, we won’t use your maximum bid unless the bidding escalates step by step to that amount. Your bid will never be advanced over another bidder by more than the bid increment. (For example, let’s say the minimum bid for a given item is $500 and the bid increment is $100 and you enter a starting bid of $600 and a maximum bid of $900. Let’s say your $600 bid is the only bid coming out of the online auction. Then at the silent auction, another bidder bids $700. Your bid will then become $800. If no one else bids again, you win). In the event of a tie between winning bids, the auction winner will be selected by random lottery.

Online bidding is open from Sunday, March 27th at 3pm to Thursday, March 31st at 5pm. Silent auction is open from 5:30 pm to 7:15 pm on Thursday, March 31st. Winning online bidders will be notified on Friday, April 1st. All payments must be made same day via Paypal. Winning auction bids are not deductible, as Lulu is not yet a designated non-profit by the IRS. We will be soon, though!

Please contact with any questions.



Select Auction Items

One week stay in beautiful Paris apartment  $1600 value

Welcome to Paris. Write, drink wine, eat great food, soak up the art. One week stay in this 1 bedroom apartment in the heart of the Latin Quarter that sleeps four – two in king size bed in bedroom and two on convertible sleeper sofa in living room. The apartment offers a unique historical atmosphere, while providing all the modern amenities and easy access to the delights of Paris. Stay close to Notre Dame and the Sorbonne, and the renowned expatriate bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. The Seine River is 200 yards from your doorstep. An abundance of restaurants gives you a full spectrum of the best in European and North African cuisine. More pictures can be seen here.

(If this specific property is not available for the dates requested, a comparable, mutually agreeable one bedroom that sleeps four or more in the exact same area will be substituted.  You can book your trip via Lulu on July 1 for various dates between 9/1/16 through 12/31/17. Some dates, especially holidays, might not be available. No pets. At time of booking, winner will be responsible for $200 security deposit, fully refundable upon departure assuming no damage.)

Opening bid $500
Bid increment $100


Author Shanna Mahin, Super Agent Wendy Sherman and To Be Named Big 5 Editor – Full Manuscript Evaluation from Shanna, Query Letter Evaluation from Wendy Sherman and First Chapter Evaluation from To Be Named Big 5 House Editor – $2500 value 

Shanna Mahin, author of the 2015 novel Oh! You Pretty Things, (called, “quite a breakout” in a glowing review by The New York Times) will read your novel or memoir up to 325 pages, offer you detailed written feedback (at least two pages of notes) and have an 30-minute long follow-up phone call with you to discuss your novel and her notes for revision. Then, you can revise and when you are ready, Shanna will send your revised first chapter to a To Be Named (by March 30) Editor from a Big 5 House for evaluation and your query letter to her super agent, Wendy Sherman, for her review and feedback.

Opening Bid $500
Bid increment $100


One week in the California desert – Joshua Tree  $1000 value

Fabulous views, dark nights, quiet times await in this special two bedroom property that sleeps eight. (Bedroom 1 has one king bed and bedroom 2 has one queen bed. There is a queen futon and a queen sofa bed). What better place to think, write and enjoy the solitude than the California desert? Lose yourself. Find yourself. Immerse in the work or take a break to re-charge. Inspiring and free of distractions. Start your book, finish that essay, revise, finish – whatever work you need to do you will make great strides here.  Just don’t forget to look up to see the beautiful night sky. The stars will mesmerize you.

(If this property is not available for the dates requested, a mutually agreeable 2 bedroom or greater property that sleeps four or more will be substituted. Booking available starting July 1 through Lulu for various dates between 9/1/16 through 12/31/17. Some dates, especially holidays, might not be available. No pets. At time of booking, winner will be responsible for $200 security deposit, fully refundable upon departure assuming no damage).

Opening Bid $400
Bid Increment $100


Writing Coaching for One Year with Anna March  $2600 value

Writing can feel damn lonely and the road to finishing projects and publishing them is hell. A coach who does more than just cheerlead can be just the ticket to getting the work finished and out the door. Lulu co-founder Anna March (Modern Love, NY Magazine , VQR, Tin House, and regularly at Salon) will be your writing coach for one year to help you clarify your goals and meet them.  (She’s recently completed a novel and a memoir and knows how tough it can be to write your way to the end.)  She will give you advice, help you break through blocks in your writing and your productivity, help you brainstorm about editors and agents if that’s needed, help you develop your materials and open up new way of thinking about your writing and writing projects.  She’ll be an honest friend, supporter, sounding board and voice of reason. Every two weeks you will send her an email update about what’s going on – as long or brief as you want and then you two will talk for 30 minutes. In between those calls, you can send her an email and she will send a thoughtful reply. That’s 26 phone calls with Anna and 26 emails from her.And if things get REALLY crazy for you, you can always text. Anna will be on call for you if something’s pressing like a writing therapist. Anna will offer practical support, encouragement, and will guide you as you make connections with editors, agents and other writers as appropriate. She will be an ally on the road to meeting your goals.

Opening bid $300
Bid increment $50