Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Put up Your Dukes

It's a never ending fight, but one that needs to be fought with everything we have.

Cancer is a killer that takes more lives than anything else in the world, and, as of right now, there is very little that can be done about it. It's silent, it's deadly, and it tears people apart from the inside out. 

In children, it takes on a whole new level of low.

Children are precious, innocent, completely undeserving of the horrors of treatment that keeps them from having a real life. To those affected, their life revolves around painful tests, doctor appointments, and fear - something no child should face on a far too regular basis. All kids should be able to go out and play in the sun without worrying or wondering if it will be their last time. They should be snuggled into their own bed in their own room at night, every night, while their parents read them a bedtime story; not living for days, weeks, or even months at a time in a cold hospital room.

However, that's how many children live now, and it becomes the reality for even more everyday. 

St Jude's is a research hospital dedicated to helping every child that walks through their doors . They will never turn a child away, and are there when no one else is. They work tirelessly everyday to find newer, more effective treatments, while also striving to find a cure. 

But they can't do it alone. 

That's where you and I come in. It's time to put up our dukes and help fight this horrible killer. 

We need writers, artists, betas, and donors willing to take a stand and fight for a cure. 

Author signups begin today! All the information from this post will also be available on the Information Page for future reference. 

Author sign-ups open: January 7th, 2014

Story Teasers and Banners due: June 1st, 2014

Full submissions Due: July 15th, 2014

Last day to turn in Donation Slip: July 31st, 2014

Compilation distribution begins on August 1st, 2014

Authors can post submissions to websites/blogs on Sept. 1st, 2014

Author Information
We are welcoming contributions in Original Fiction only, with a minimum of 3,000 words. There is no maximum, however, we do ask that the contribution is able to stand on it's own.

We will NOT accept ANY submissions that contain rape, pedophilia, incest or bestiality. If you feel your story touches on controversial topics, please include the appropriate warning with your submission. If you're not sure if you have, or think you may be toeing the line too close, do not hesitate to ask. 

All contributions MUST be beta'ed, and will be subject to approval before being accepted. We're not asking for professional editing, but we are asking for donations to be free of spelling and grammar errors. 

Please fill out the form on the author sign-up page so we can add you to our roster. All questions should be sent to fightingpedscancer@yahoo.com.

 If you just want to donate and enjoy the compilation, the link is on the Donation Page. We are asking for a minimum $5 donation.
Five dollars might not seem like a lot, and in truth, it's not. But every five dollar donation is five dollars they didn't have before, and if we look at every dollar as if it were a step, it's five steps closer to a cure.

So . . . are you ready to take a few steps?