January 24, 2010

100 Stories Needed to Help Haiti

From The Press Dispensary:

January 20, 2010 - Press Dispensary - Fundraisers are calling for urgent short story submissions to help raise money for disaster-stricken Haiti. Out of the submissions, 100 pieces of fiction will be chosen to appear in an e-book, the proceeds of which will go to the Red Cross.

The Red Cross is just one of a number of charities and humanitarian organisations mobilising a vast aid effort to reach the thousands of injured, hungry and thirsty survivors of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake to hit Haiti on 12 January.

100 Stories for Haiti is the brainchild of author Greg McQueen. On the morning of January 19, Greg posted a video on his blog saying: “Dear Twitterverse, I can't keep watching this on the news or trending on Twitter without doing something. I woke up this morning with the idea that together we could make an e-book and donate all the profits to the Red Cross.”

Within hours, news had spread throughout microblogging website, Twitter, and story submissions began arriving. Nick Harkaway, author of ‘The Gone Away World’, will be editing a story for the book as well as penning the introduction. Lorraine Mace, co-author of the ABC Checklist for Writers, and award-winning environmental journalist, Sarah Lewis-Hammond, are volunteering their time to help with the editorial process.

100 Stories for Haiti needs short story submissions and volunteers.

If you want to send a short story, please follow these guidelines:
• Do not exceed 1,000 words.
• No stories containing graphic violence, death or destruction.
• Send all stories in the body text of an email to 100storiesforhaiti@gmail.com . Stories sent as attachments will not be opened.
• Stories must be received by Monday 25 January, 2010.

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Greg McQueen is a UK author living in Aarhus, Denmark with his wife and three year old daughter. He writes mostly for teens and is the son of Geoff McQueen, creator of ‘The Bill’.

Greg's video can be found here http://www.ireallyshouldbewriting.net/100-stories-for-hait/i/

Story submissions and volunteers email: 100storiesforhaiti@gmail.com

The book will be sold on www.smashwords.com. Founder and CEO Mark Coker will be waiving the normal 15% commission.

100 Stories for Haiti will be published in mid-February, 2010.

For further information, please contact:
Greg McQueen, 100 stories for Haiti
Tel: +45 31 71 77 41
Email: gregmcqueen@gmail.com

3 comments:

  1. This is a great idea. Ive seen a few people on twitter etc talking about it.

    Just not sure I would have anything appropriate...

    Rich

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  2. Hi Rich - I had a dig around and found and old Critters piece which I scrubbed up and sent them. No death or horror is hard to find, eh? ;)

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  3. You know, I'm not sure there are many pieces (probably count them on one hand) where someone doesn't die or is dead.

    That's in 5-6 yrs of writing.

    I should look into that :)

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