Author Viktor Alexander is organizing a series of charity anthologies, with the proceeds going to provide clean drinking water for the residents of Flint, Michigan. From 2014 onward, improper treatment of municipal water led to high levels of toxic compounds and lead, which causes brain damage in young children. Residents have been provided with filters, but more than half were improperly installed or have other problems that prevent them from making drinking water safe.
Alexander is looking for stories with themes of hope, strength, and people triumphing during times of adversity. Stories should have happy or hopeful endings regardless of genre. Including water in any way as part of the theme are preferred, but not required. Racial and cultural diversity are also encouraged. More than half of Flint residents are black.
Length should be 5,000 to 20,000 words. Non-exclusive contract for one year (meaning your story can appear elsewhere). No payment.
The five anthology themes are:
- General fiction, which can include genres such as sci fi and horror (no gore) — Deadline Sept. 8–9
- Heterosexual romance, any heat level— Deadline Sept. 8–9
- LGBTQ romance, any heat level — Deadline Sept. 15–16
- Young adult and children’s fiction — Deadline Sept. 15–16
- Poetry and non-fiction stories of hope, courage, and strength — Deadline Sept. 22-23
You can find out more, sign up to participate, and give feedback on recipient charities on this Google Form.
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