Clarion West Benefit Auction

See below for details on how you can donate auction items. Potlatch 24 is pleased and proud to host the Clarion West Auction, which has been held at every Potlatch for the last 23 years. The auction raises funds for the nonprofit writing workshop Clarion West. The auction will take place on Saturday evening during the convention. A preview table will be available during the convention, giving you opportunity to drool, covet, and scheme. Maybe you’ll even find that perfect Valentine’s Day present (just in time!). Over the years, Potlatch auctions have received and sold:

  • One of the first personal laser printers
  • Vonda McIntyre’s beaded sea creatures and other works of scientific art
  • Ursula K. Le Guin-authored, privately distributed chapbooks
  • Original art jewelry by Elise Matthesen and Laurie Toby Edison
  • Books to tempt even the most eclectic of collectors

We will accept cash, checks, or credit card payments for items purchased at the auction.

Auction Donations

The auction is a rollicking good time and an opportunity to acquire fabulous treasures, but it can’t happen unless you (yes, you!) donate some of the loot. What should you give? Cool stuff. Geeky stuff. Techy stuff. Artistic creations. Personalized artifacts. Rare, collectible, author-signed, or otherwise nifty books. Or, perhaps best of all, one-of-a-kind good or services (please limit these to the sort that you’re willing to describe in public). Please let us know what you plan to donate by completing this online Google Docs form.  All donations are fully tax-deductible and the money is going to a good cause: helping great new writers get some of the best training on the planet so that they can write the stories that you want to read! Donated items may be shipped in advance (preferred) or delivered to the Potlatch registration Table by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6. To ship items in advance, please either print out and complete the Auction donation form and enclose it with the shipment, or fill out the online Google Docs form so we’ll know what you’re shipping. Donated items should be shipped to:

CW Auction c/o M. Huw Evans 136 North 81st Street Seattle, WA 98103  

Please email auction coordinator Huw Evans at micaiah.evans  [at] if you have questions or would like to volunteer help with the auction. Don’t have any marvelous swag to donate? Don’t be sad. Come to the auction and buy something instead! Or if your house is full and you still want to support Clarion West, monetary donations will be eagerly and gratefully accepted at the auction or through Clarion West’s online donation page.

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