When tragedy strikes, many of us wish there was something we could do to help. For Greg McQueen, a British-born writer living in Denmark, wishing wasn’t enough. On September 5, as the horrors of Pakistan’s recent floods continued to mount, McQueen sent out the word through his website, Big Bad Media: “it is once again time to do something!”
McQueen’s idea was simple: a collection of short stories, each no more than 500 words in length, collected into a Blurb for Good book that could be sold with proceeds donated to the Red Cross. He’d done it before, publishing 100 Stories for Haiti earlier this year. That project raised £4,000 pounds for earthquake relief.
The response was tremendous: after two weeks, McQueen had 250 submissions. By early October the list was whittled down to fifty edited stories. And by the end of the month, 50 Stories for Pakistan was finished. You can find it now in the Blurb for Good bookstore.
Aside from length, the only restriction placed on writers was “no stories with any violence, death, or mass destruction.” The results are wonderfully varied, full of surprises and humanity. Congratulations to all those involved in this excellent project!
You can follow the 50 Stories project on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/50StoriesforPakistan