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For $20K donation, 'Game of Thrones' author will write, and kill, contest winner

June 6, 2014 at 2:08 PM ET

Who you gonna call when your wolf sanctuary is in dire need of help? George R.R. Martin, who has offered bidders in the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary's fundraising drive a howling good prize: The chance to be written into, and then killed out of, one of his "A Song of Ice and Fire" (aka "Game of Thrones") books. But it costs $20,000. 

As the Prizeo web page explains, "There is one male character and one female character available. You can choose your character's station in the world (lordling, knight, peasant, whore, lady, maester, septon, anything) and you will certainly meet a grisly death!" 

Martin is orchestrating a slew of prizes on the website, which is part fundraiser and part contest. There are several big "extra rewards" prizes like the book appearance, breakfast with Martin ($15,000) and tickets to the "Game of Thrones" season 5 premiere ($7,500). 

(Update: Both $20,000 book-appearance prizes have been sold, according to the website). 

Other, smaller prizes (which include items like a signed Westeros poster) are in limited supply, but donors are at least guaranteed a result from a limited batch. And every person who donates will be entered into an overall contest to win a trip to Santa Fé, New Mexico, where they and Martin will share a helicopter ride to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary.

As Martin points out in a video on the fundraising site, he and his wife Parris McBride have long been supporters of the sanctuary, and he notes that the place even has a "Westeros Pack" on site.

The contest is only open until the end of July. But while being written into, and out of, literary fiction is an awesome prize, bidders beware: Martin is something of a slow writer — so it may take a while before the winners are given their rightful place in the history books.

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