At Sirens, we’re committed to keeping the cost of attendance as low as possible for all attendees. Because of that commitment, we run an unusual budget structure: the costs of presenting Sirens far exceed our registration revenue.
Each year, exceptionally kind individuals, many of them on our staff, cover approximately half that gap through thousands of dollars in donations. And each year the Sirens auction and bookstore raise thousands more dollars to cover the rest of that gap. In other words, our donors’ generosity, and our auction and bookstore, are necessary to making Sirens, a space that discusses and celebrates the remarkable women of fantasy literature, real.
And you can help.
Our auction includes both a silent component, during our Insurgents Ball, and a live component, during our final breakfast. The items, all donations from wonderful individuals, have ranged from unique articles such as t-shirts, pillows, journals, and jewelry; to professional services such as manuscript editorial letters to synopsis drafting; to art pieces such as custom digital artwork, character naming rights for upcoming books, and original watercolors. The sky’s the limit, and if you are interested in donating an item or two for our auction, please email us at (donate at sirensconference.org).
Once a year, we dig through our bookshelves, inquire of our friends, and stock a bookstore full of (almost) entirely fantasy works written by women. While we select much of our new inventory, friends of Sirens have been known to send us new books that they want to make sure we have for sale. Our bookstore also contains a used section, where every book is only $5, and that section is stocked with donations of gently used books. If you would like to donate fantasy books by or featuring remarkable women, whether new or used, please send them to us at the following address, so that they arrive no later than September 19, 2015. (And remember, if you’re shipping only books, the USPS media mail option is terrifically cheap, but terrifically slow, so please leave time for your package to arrive.)
c/o Narrate Conferences
P.O. Box 149
Sedalia, CO 80135
We are always delighted to accept monetary donations as they defray thousands of dollars of Sirens’s costs each year. You can donate here. In July, after our programming is finalized, you’ll also have the option of sponsoring a programming topic that inspires your fancy and show your support for presenters.
Narrate Conferences, Inc., the presenting organization behind Sirens, is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Therefore, all donations to Sirens are eligible for tax deduction in accordance with U.S. law.
To everyone who donates to Sirens—whether cash, auction items, books, or time—we thank you.
You are the fairy godmothers who make Sirens possible.