Thank you readers, writers, and bidders, for another successful volume of Significant Objects! Our final v3 auction concluded moments ago. Between February 22 and today, we’ve used 50 stories by our talented contributors to convert a trifling $58.28 worth of thrift-shop bric-a-brac into a whopping $1,748.82, every penny of which will be donated to Girls Write Now.
GWN is a nonprofit that “provides guidance, support, and opportunities for New York City’s underserved or at-risk high school girls, enabling them to develop their creative, independent voices, explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy choices in school, career, and life.” Didn’t win an SO v3 object? You can still support Girls Write Now by purchasing one of the limited-edition yet highly affordable Significant Objects v3 prints by Kate Bingaman-Burt, from 20X200.
Forthcoming: Will we launch a fourth volume of Significant Objects? Yes, but we’re going to take a few months off before we do. (That’s because Rob and Josh are working together, and separately, on several exciting literary and extra-literary projects, the nature of which will be revealed when the time is ripe.) Stick around! Between now and SO v4, we will publish some object-oriented fiction, and auction off the written-about objects.
We’ll also post Author Updates fairly frequently, so you can track the doings of our nearly 200 wonderful participants. We’ll report on fiction contests at our sister site, HiLobrow, and elsewhere (though not exhaustively); we may run a few contests here, too. We’ll continue to track the Significant Objects meme as it develops and spreads. And we’ll continue to analyze the findings from our original experiment.
Winning bidders: Send us photos of the significant object(s) you’ve won! As their thrift-shop rescuers and temporary owners, we’re eager to see them in their new homes. How have you displayed them — and the stories? Add photos to our Flickr pool, or use the contact info on our About page (see link at top of page) to email them to us.
Thanks again, everyone! And like we said, stick around. There will be plenty to see here over the next months.