Saturday, 30 October 2010
Greg McQueen, the man behind the anthology, 100 Stories for Haiti, has done it again. On 5th September, after seeing pictures of flood victims displaced from their homes, Greg wrote a message on his Facebook wall.
‘Getting that, "Do something!" feeling again. Thinking of doing a book for Pakistan. I'll need some awesome short stories though... With me?’
The call was for 50 flash fiction stories of no more than 500 words. Any subject or genre was permitted with the proviso that it didn’t contain any death, violence or destruction.
The deadline for stories was 19th September and in less than two days Greg had received over 50 stories with dozens arriving daily from all over the globe. Quality was high and a team of volunteer editors read and edited hundreds of submissions.
One of the pictures that moved Greg so much was that of a man wading through water with a young boy. This picture, with the kind permission of Getty Images, was later to become the book’s cover image.
Proceeds from the sale of 50 Stories for Pakistan will be donated to the Red Cross Pakistan Flood Appeal.
I am very proud to have helped with editing this wonderful book and to have my story included in the Editors' Contributions.
The book is available from Blurb Books.