I am just putting the final touches on a submission for 100 Stories for Queensland. Like 100 Stories for Haiti and 50 Stories for Pakistan before it this is a charity anthology to help those in need. In these case the flood victims in Australia.
I just found out about it two days ago, and was confronted with the void of the blank page yesterday morning when I sat down to write something for it. I seriously had no idea what to write about, but as I am learning, I just trusted the process and wrote the first image that popped into my head and let the story flow from there. I of course had to plow through some of the psychology of it; after all I have been accepted at the last two of these and there was the brief terror of failure (made worse by previous success). I did get over it, and did my best. I am hopeful it will help; either way I’ll be buying a copy.
There is not much time left, but it’s not too late. The constraints can be very focusing (time, length, content), and very useful. Why not go for it?
Oh, I almost forgot. Nick Daws who was involved in the other two projects blogged a bit about the editing process and what they are looking for. Check it out; I just love it when an editor pulls back the curtain.