My colleague Greg McQueen – with whom I worked a few years ago on an anthology in aid of earthquake victims in Haiti – has just launched a new anthology project aimed at supporting refugees in Europe. The working title for the anthology is Refugees Welcome.
In this video, he explains the background to the project and how it will work:
On the website, Greg says:
The #RefugeesWelcome Anthology is a collection of short stories that aims to raise further awareness and support for refugees seeking safety and asylum in countries all across Europe.
From a practical point of view, the anthology also aims to raise money for the European Refugee Crisis Appeal run by the British Red Cross.
The British Red Cross provides resources on the ground giving food, water, and medical care where it is needed. In this case, it is for desperate families who have no choice but to risk their lives to flee war and persecution to seek asylum and safety wherever they can find it.
If you would like to contribute to The #RefugeesWelcome Anthology you can do so as a writer and as an editor or reader.
If you are interested in assisting this excellent cause – as a contributor, editor or proofreader – Greg asks that you first sign up at the Coboox website, which is the platform Greg is using to help compile the anthology.
Stories for the anthology need to be under 3000 words and have a positive, upbeat theme. To quote from the website again:
We want stories of any genre that are about happiness, friendship, community, and humanity. Stories with a dash of humour and lots of hope. Stories that somehow shine a light of hope in a dark situation.
* We DO NOT want stories about death, destruction, or war.
* Stories must be submitted through the Coboox system. We will not accept submissions via email.
The deadline for submitting short stories is 1st October 2015, so don’t delay if you have something suitable. Proofreaders and editors are also needed straight away.
I shall be working as a volunteer editor on this project myself, so look forward to working with you if you get involved, and maybe reading your work if you contribute a story.
Once again, here is the link to sign up in any capacity. Once you have done that, you will be able to see full information about this project.