Celebrate the work of Octavia Butler — and win an e-reader packed with great science fiction!

Want to help make the future of science fiction more diverse — and possibly win an e-book reader full of amazing writing by writers of color? Enter the Carl Brandon Society's drawing to support the Octavia Butler Memorial Scholarship fund.

The Octavia Butler Scholarship sends two writers of color to the Clarion writers workshops every year. It's organized by the Carl Brandon Society, "an organization dedicated to racial and ethnic diversity in speculative fiction." And this year, the Carl Brandon Society is holding a fundraiser, with prizes including five e-readers. (You choose which device you want to enter the drawing for, and then buy tickets for that particular raffle.)

Here are the details, via a press release:

In keeping with the Society's support of literature from and about people of color, the prizes include five eReaders: two Barnes & Noble Nooks, two Kobo Readers, and one Alex eReader from Spring Design. Each eReader will come pre-loaded with books, short stories and essays by writers of color from the speculative fiction field. Writers include: N. K. Jemisin, Nisi Shawl, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Terence Taylor, Ted Chiang, Shweta Narayan, Chesya Burke, Moondancer Drake, Saladin Ahmed, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and more. ...

The drawing's tickets will cost one dollar US ($1) and can be purchased at http://carlbrandon.org/drawing.html. Entrants may purchase an unlimited number of tickets, which will be available from November 5, 2010 through November 22nd, 2010. Sales will close at 11:59PM EDT on November 22nd. Winners will be drawn randomly from a digital "hat" and announced online.

To purchase tickets, read details about the eReaders, or to learn more about the Carl Brandon Society, please visit carlbrandon.org/drawing.html.

It's a great cause, and you could get yourself some great reading material into the bargain. [Carl Brandon Society]