If you are like me, you have been reading the stories about Haiti and wishing you could do something. And maybe you are like me and finding yourself unable to give as much financially as you would like to and would like some other way to contribute. Some fantastic people have established "100 Stories for Haiti," a short story anthology with proceeds going to the Red Cross.
The information for their site:
We want 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 and paperback, the proceeds of which will go to the Red Cross.
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.
• We want stories with a lot of HEART, a dash of COMPASSION, and unmeasurable amounts of HOPE. Stories that anyone can read. Stories that leave you feeling as though life really is worth living.
Send all stories in the body of an email to: email@example.com.
Stories sent as attachments will *not* be opened. Write “Submission” in the subject of the email.
Please follow the above guidelines carefully, and include your full contact details.
Stories must be received by Midnight, Monday 25 January, 2010. (Jenna's Note: this is midnight GMT, so check your time difference!)
Nick Harkaway, author of ‘The Gone Away World’, will be editing a story for the book as well as penning the introduction.
The e-book will be sold on www.smashwords.com. The paperback will be published and sold by Unbound Press, and will be available online about a week after the release of the e-book
Maybe you have a story tucked away that might work for this. Or maybe you already a story of hope, yet unwritten, that is burning to be free. Or maybe you aren't able to contribute words, but could buy one of these great books when they are available. A way to give and get at the same time.