Friday, March 28, 2008

Nothing but Red

I've had a short story accepted for an anthology entitled 'Nothing But Red'. The idea behind the book is best described by its mission statement:

"The purpose of Nothing But Red is to bring attention to the issue of violence against women worldwide, as well as the continuing need for equality, through art—both written and visual—and by raising money for a charity that strives to help women of all faiths, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds, with the support of dedicated volunteers who share a desire to promote equality."

The book is being sold for charity. All of its proceeds are going to Equality Now and it will include Joss Whedon's original essay (culture of misogyny, violence against women, and the need for equality).
I was very happy my story was chosen for the anthology, and I got my edits today. The editor did a nice job cleaning up the prose and asked me to clarify a few points (she was right - they needed clarifying.) But, she said I had to change my title. My title is 'The Fatima Jihad'. The editor claims that the word Jihad was misused, because it is a religious war. But I disagree. A jihad is a struggle, often a moral struggle, and it can be religious or secular.
In this case, I used it as a struggle for women's rights.
More later.

I got news that I can keep my title - I'm glad because I liked the word Jihad better than revolt, which just sounds too organized, or revenge, which sounds like they already won.
Anyhow, I will keep you informed as to when and where the anthology will be available! Thanks!


Rosie said...

That's fantastic Sam! I'm so proud of you. I got the email today asking me if I wanted to pre-order NOTHING BUT RED. Wow! Now I know a contributor. Way to go.

Samantha said...


This is Samantha, from NBR. I just wanted to say thank you for helping spread the word here - and congrats on the acceptance!

Ordinary Girl said...


Sam said...

Thanks guys!

Travis Erwin said...


Charles Gramlich said...

Congratulations. And for a good cause. That's a good feeling. This issue was kind of on my mind this morning anyway because I watched the movie "Monster" last night and found it incredibly saddening.

Bernita said...

Good for you on Jihad.
You used it properly.