Monday, January 17, 2011

100 Stories for Queensland

It's impossible not to have heard about the horrendous flooding that has been taking place in Australia, and now here's a project where writers can play their part in helping with the immense recovery process.

Following the huge success of the anthologies, 100 Stories for Haiti and 50 Stories for Pakistan, an anthology of 100 stories will be produced, which will be sold to raise money for the Queensland flood victims. 100% of the profits from this anthology will be donated to the Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.

100 Stories for Queensland is headed by Brisbane resident and co-owner of eMergent Publishing, Jodi Cleghorn, and UK author, Trevor Belshaw. The management team is made up of Maureen Vincent-Northam, David W Robinson and Nick Daws who all worked on the Haiti and Pakistan anthologies with McQueen. They are assisted by a growing band of 20 volunteer readers and editors from across the globe. McQueen is working behind the scenes, organising the audio book and podcasts in conjunction with UK author and podcaster Em Newman.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 28th January, and submissions should be made electronically, via the SubmishMash website (

Stories should be upbeat and generally positive, and can be in any genre, and must be between 500 and 1000 words in length. Further rules can be viewed at the SubmishMash website address above.
If you enjoy writing fiction, then give this a go. It's a tight deadline, but that's not a bad thing because it will help to focus your mind! There's just over ten days until the cut-off for submissions, so there's still time to plan an approach.

  • Spend a day creating and developing an idea.
  • Over the next three days, produce your first draft.
  • Put it aside on day five and ignore it.
  • Read it through on day six and undertake an initial edit.
  • Ignore it on day seven.
  • Review and edit further on day eight.
  • If needs be, put it aside again for another 24 hours.
  • Day ten, make one more read-through to check for errors and then submit it.
Submitting an entry is a great way to create a new short story, get experience of working to a tight deadline, and offer you an opportunity to help people cope with the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Good luck.