Fountain Pen Day, November 4th, may seem far away but it’s in less than six weeks. I’m doing another give away this year and like last year it will be old school and require a handwritten entry. Unlike last year the giveaway will end rather than begin on Fountain Pen Day. Score one for advance planning.
The giveaway is a new TWSBI Eco fountain pen that’s black (with a clear barrel for ink viewing) and a random sample of inks. On a recent Goulet Pens order I included their “Random Ink Sample Package”. I won’t list the eight inks so you’ll be as surprised as I was (unless you can tell from the picture).
The giveaway is open worldwide. I’m giving more time this year because some international entries barely arrived in time (and one didn’t) despite being postmarked close to the contest announcement. So if you’re international don’t delay.
- Send a letter or postcard to me. “Letter” is very generic in this case. The letter can be anything, drawings, poems, a postcard, a standard letter, or a few words on an index card in the envelope, etc… as long as it’s delivered to the PO Box. Use a fountain pen if you have one, if you don’t have a fountain pen use your favorite writing instrument (or whatever is nearby) and include a few words about why you want a fountain pen. Not required, but I like to know the pens, nibs and inks used.
- Send your entry to:
PO Box 176
East Berlin, CT 06023
- The entry must arrive by Friday November 4, 2016 and be in the PO Box when I pick up the mail that afternoon.
- One entry per person. Households with multiple fountain pen users can enter once per person but each entry must be written and sent separately.
- Please be sure to include a legible copy of your address on the entry as I will ship the pen to this address. Optionally (but recommended), include an email address so I can contact you before shipping the pen and verify any information.
I hope to announce the winner on Fountain Pen Day or a soon as I can after.
The really fine print:
None of this is important to you entry but to clarify some potential questions:
If I can’t pick up the mail that Fountain Pen Day afternoon then any entry in the box when I do pick it up will be valid as long as the postmark is November 4th or earlier.
If your entry doesn’t include enough information for me to send you the pen or contact you (or if the info isn’t legible) I will pick another winner or, at my option, post a copy of the entry and give the winner 72 hours to contact me to provide the information and pick another winner if not contacted.
Each entry will be assigned a number in a random fashion. In other words, in batches as I get to it. The winning number will be picked at random.org.
I’m not responsible for loss or damage in shipping, meaning if the pen is lost or damaged in shipping I can’t afford to replace it. For international shipping (I’m in the U.S.) I’ll use the lowest cost method and this may take six weeks and won’t include tracking (although there may be tracking until it leaves the US). The pen will be declared as a gift but listing the value is also required and the cost of the pen (less than $30) will be listed for international customs.
So get writing.