100 Stories for Queensland

161896_159460610768434_2223708_nIn my last post I said I wasn’t going to be submitting much this year, preferring to concentrate on writing full length stuff. So how come I’ve sent off no less than three pieces in the last couple of days? I don’t think it was to demonstrate the power of an unreliable narrator …

One of them at least is for a very good cause. Hot on the heels of “100 Stories for Haiti” and “50 Stories for Pakistan”, submissions are now open for “100 Stories for Queensland.” Here’s the link to the Facebook page for the project and here’s where you need to go to submit something. Go on, you know you want to. Even if you don’t get accepted (and, frankly, there’s every chance they’ll throw my effort out) or don’t even submit, please buy the book when it comes out.

It’s fascinating to see how this came about, by the way. Trevor Belshaw, a veteran of both previous projects, put out a call on Twitter and Facebook by simply asking the question “100 Stories for Queensland?”. Jodi Cleghorn, a fellow writer, publisher and (more importantly) Brisbanite responded with “Yes.” And from there the momentum just grew and grew. The power of the net, once again.

Meanwhile, I have other things on my mind tonight. I’ve signed up for NYC Midnight’s “Tweet Me a Story” contest again. All you have to do is think up three tweets based on a given word, and you’re given five hours to do this in – so no problem, right? Wrong. If you’re in the UK, the five hours start at midnight. Wish me luck 🙂

4 thoughts on “100 Stories for Queensland

  1. Vanessa G says:

    me too and also submitted. See you at Sparks – anyone for a pizza as opposed to just a drink in t’bar afterwards?

  2. admin says:

    Excellent! Re Sparks, sounds a nice idea but may have to rush back to catch last train. Will consult timetable …

  3. Jodi Cleghorn says:

    Hi Jonathan. Thank you so much for sharing 100 Stories for Queensland with your readers… and looking forward to reading your story. Our able team of 20 readers have been in there reading and organising stories, while I’ve been organising the larger project.

    I think the net is the most powerful tool for social change and action at the moment. Only last night as I staggered to bed at 3am, I wondered if this project could have got off the ground without facebook and twitter. Maybe yes, via email and in the old days, fax. But not with the speed it has.

    It only takes one person with an idea who shares that idea… and the skies the limits.

    Thanks once again.

  4. admin says:

    Hi Jodi! Thanks for dropping in. You’re absolutely right that this couldn’t have happened like this in the old days. Really hope this one is as successful as it deserves to be.

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