By: Sang Kromah
Sometimes we have ideas that may seem just too crazy to happen. We downplay the ideas, thinking they’re impossible. I wanted to start a writing project to inspire girls, but I thought, “what if the story that I want to tell doesn’t reach a girl who really needs to be inspired?” Last year, I started working with Resources and Outreach for Liberia (ROL)’s Project R.E.A.D. (Restoration Education And Development), a project that will empower at-risk girls in post-war, and now, post-Ebola Liberia (West Africa), and the idea came to me to create a short story anthology in ebook form, where various female writers tell a fictional short story of a girl overcoming adversary, and, instead of being saved by a “knight in shining armor”, finds a way to save herself. This idea is finally coming together with GirlSpire: Stories to Inspire a Girl – an anthology of short stories dedicated to letting girls know that they aren’t alone and that it does get better!
Think “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” (it’s no secret that I am obsessed with all-things Buffy, so I had to throw that in there). No one expected a girl who seemed like your average California cheerleader to be the one who saves the day.
So, we’re looking for the best female writers to submit a story with the theme of female empowerment, and no more than 2,500- 5,000 words. All stories should be Young Adult or New Adult, but can be dark and ominous, humorous, or even fantastical; you decide. Stories should be submitted in standard manuscript format as a Microsoft word document. Send the story as an email attachment (stories sent in the body of the email will not be considered). All stories must be unpublished. Although, this is an unpaid endeavor, this is for a great cause, an great way to be published, and a great way to get reviews and press. Please send all submissions to our anthology Editorial Director, Alexandria Ayala email@example.com.
There are other ways to join the Project: GirlSpire team. You can volunteer your formatting, social media, marketing, or art services to this project as well. Or, are you interested in becoming a contributing writer for our blog? Email our Editor-in-Chief, Tina Lu firstname.lastname@example.org. Or interested in creating a video blog or podcast for Project GirlSpire? Email our Founder, Sang Kromah email@example.com. For more information about Project READ and GirlSpire, please visit http://www.projectreadliberia.com and projectgirlspire.com
I hope you guys consider contributing to GirlSpire’s short story anthology! This is your chance to inspire a girl!