09 December 2012

Christmas Prize Competition

We are pleased to announce this is year’s Prize Competition

140-character novel

In recent times authors have taken to writing novels in the 140 character format of Twitter. Your challenge is to write a novel (real or imaginary) by Anthony Powell in just a single 140 character message.

Maximum three entries per person.

The prize is a year’s membership of the Society or Society merchandise to the same value (please state your preference).

Entries by post, fax or email, with your name & address should be sent to:
Prize Competition, Anthony Powell Society
76 Ennismore Avenue, Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 0JW, UK
Fax: +44 (0)20 8020 1483
Email: comp@anthonypowell.org
by the closing date of 31 January 2013.

The winning entry will be the one which most amuses the Hon. Secretary.
The winner will be announced in the Spring 2013 Newsletter.

Competition Conditions
The judges’ decision is final and binding. Entry is open to Anthony Powell Society members and non-members. No purchase necessary. Entries must be original and the work of the person submitting them. Maximum three entries per person. No cash alternative. No correspondence will be entered into. The Anthony Powell Society reserves the right to publish the entries but otherwise copyright remains with the author.

Fundraising for the Society

Thanks to Society Vice-President Julian Allason we now have a new, improved way for UK members to raise money for the Society without it costing a penny more than normal.

easyfundraising.org.uk helps charities, schools, sports clubs, community groups, and other good causes to raise money when their supporters shop online. It works in a similar way to many other loyalty shopping sites, but instead of earning points when you shop, you raise a donation for your cause instead. You can shop with over 2,000 well known stores and each will donate a percentage of what you spend. For example, John Lewis will donate 1%, Amazon 2.5% and Body Shop 6%. It’s as simple as that!

Other retailers include M&S, Argos, Virgin, eBay, Debenhams, Tesco, GAP, Boots and Majestic Wine.

The Society is already registered as a recipient, so all you have to do is visit easyfundraising.org.uk, sign up and choose the Society as your chosen charity.

Then whenever you shop online you access your chosen retailer through the easyfundraising.org.uk site. The resulting sale will automatically generate a donation from the retailer to the Society easyfundraising.org.uk – and you will get to see how much each transaction generates.

In a four week trial I have raised almost £20 for the Society just by doing what I would normally do. Now that has to be worthwhile and knocks spots off what we currently earn in commission from Amazon UK sales.

What is even better is that if you are a UK taxpayer you can also Gift Aid the donation you generate. We get told every quarter how much your donations amount to and we claim the tax back from HMRC. (We do not get to see where the money was spent or on what!)
Yes, it really is as simple as it sounds!

You can also raise extra pennies by using easysearch.org.uk. This free search engine raises funds for your good cause whenever you use it. For regular internet users those pennies will soon accumulate into pounds for the Society.

Raising this sort of income for the Society will all help in the battle to stave off increases in membership subscriptions as well as keeping the website, and APLIST going.

There’s a link to easyfundraising.org.uk on our website – so there’s no excuse for not buying those last minute Christmas presents this way!

We’ll add other non-UK equivalent schemes when we find suitable ones.

In case you can’t see/follow those links the URLs are: