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    BookLand Press, Inc. / Canadian Aid Charity

    Seriously, the things I get in my email....


    Dear Writer,

    Canadian Aid Charity invites you to participate in the 2007 Canadian Aid FUNDRAISING PUBLISHING RAFFLE.

    PRIZE: The 2007 Canadian Aid Publishing Raffle winner will receive a TRADE BOOK PUBLISHING CONTRACT for publishing of the winner's manuscript by the raffle sponsor BookLand Press (www.booklandpress.com).

    THE RAFFLE COMMITTEE:

    - Alex Palmer, Project Manager, Canadian Aid Charity
    - Robert Morgan, Publisher, BookLand Press
    - Anne Millyard, Co-founder of Annick Press
    - Joan Yolleck, Published Author, The Globe and Mail book reviewer
    - Martin Avery, Published Author (www.martinavery.com)
    - Christina Kilbourne, Published Author
    - Marianne Paul, Published Author (www.mariannepaul.com)

    RULES AND GUIDELINES:

    - Raffle tickets are: 1 ticket for $40, 3 tickets for $100, 6 tickets for $150, and 10 tickets for $200;
    - Purchase as many tickets as you'd like;
    - Raffle tickets are tax-deductible. Canadian Aid Charity will issue official tax-deductible charitable receipts (Revenue Canada charitable registration number 822819074 RR0001);
    - ALL MONEY RAISED WILL GO TO SUPPORTING CANADIAN AID CHARITABLE PROJECTS;
    - Pledge forms are available. Ask your friends, relatives and colleagues to purchase more raffle tickets for you;
    - The winning draw will take place at the Canadian Aid Charity office at 5650 Yonge Street, Suite 1500, Toronto ON M2M 4G3 on Friday, April 27 at 2:00 PM. All raffle ticket holders are welcome to attend but there is no requirement to be present at the draw. All sold ticket numbers will be included in the draw. The Raffle Committee will supervise the draw;
    - The winning ticket number will be posted online at www.canadianaid.org and www.canadianaid.com on April 27 after the draw;
    - The winning ticket holder will receive a Trade Book Publishing Contract with BookLand Press for a manuscript of the winner's choice.

    THE FINE PRINT:

    - The raffle is open to all writers;
    - Purchase as many raffle tickets as you'd like;
    - The winning ticket holder must submit a manuscript of his or her choice (50 typed, double-spaced pages minimum) to BookLand Press for publishing within 6 (six) months after the draw;
    - The manuscript must not be previously published;
    - Eligible genres: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Short Stories and Children's Books;
    - The publisher reserves the right to refuse any manuscript if it contains excessive use of coarse language, pornographic materials or other offensive matters of similar nature;
    - The publisher reserves the right to edit the winning manuscript at publisher's discretion.

    TO RECEIVE A TICKET ORDER FORM by email or post please email your request to fundraising@canadianaid.org or call 1-888-4-CANAID, ext. 702 or (416) 607-6083, ext. 702.

    For information about Canadian Aid Charity please visit www.canadianaid.org (for high-speed internet access) or www.canadianaid.com (for dial-up internet access). For information about BookLand Press please visit www.booklandpress.com.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

    Sincerely,

    Canadian Aid Charity/La charité canadienne d'aide
    5650 Yonge Street
    Suite 1500
    Toronto, ON M2M 4G3
    Toll Free: 1-888-4-CANAID (1-888-422-6243)
    Tel: (416) 607-6083
    E-mail: fundraising@canadianaid.org
    Web: www.canadianaid.org, www.canadianaid.com
    Revenue Canada Charitable Registration No. 82281 9074 RR0001

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    Ah, yes. Writer Beware blogged about this one recently.

    http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2007/0...ng-raffle.html
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    The short version, for anyone who doesn't want to click the link: the charity and the publisher share staff--at any rate, the contact person is the same for each,. They also share a fax number.

    The publisher has put out just a few books (and what kind of publisher would offer a contract to a raffle winner?). The charity is registered, but as of this date, its website doesn't disclose the names of its board or its staff (this is incredibly unusual for a bona fide charitable organization) and apart from vague mission statement wordage, there don't seem to be any specific charitable programs. Other than online directory-type listings, the only discoverable references to the charity are in connection with the raffle/contest.

    Hard to tell exactly what's going on here, but at the very least, there's a lack of disclosure.

    - Victoria

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    Some follow-up from Writer Beware: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2007/0...-literary.html
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