Dare to be a Voice FAQ

Anthology Project FAQ – updated January 2018

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS BOOK?

Any student between the ages of 9-15 and registers for and completes the DARE TO BE A VOICE Workshop. All participating writers will go through a fairly methodical process of choosing, assessing and revising their work; this will be done through a series of weekly online lessons and occasional group meetings.

There are a limited number of spaces for this project.

WHAT IS AN ANTHOLOGY?

Generally, an anthology is a collection of writings by various authors, usually in the same literary form, of the same period, or on the same subject. This particular anthology will be stories and/or non-fiction essays of environmental awareness. Subject matter includes but not limited to: climate change, pollution, illegal wildlife trade/trafficking, poaching, deforestation, shark-finning, species decline/extinction.

Some examples of Picture Book, Middle Grade, and Young Adult conservation-conscious stories include:

Hoot by Carl Hiassan (Actually, most of Hiassan’s books focus on a particular conservation issue. They’re quite popular reads.)

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Eco-Wolf and the Three Pigs by Anholt, Laurence and Arthur Robins (illustrator)

The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan

WILL WRITERS BE PAID?

This is a non-profit project sponsored by Writers for Wildlife, which is my fundraising program. 100% of the profits earned from book sales will be donated to World Wildlife Fund (after taxes are paid, of course).

WHAT GENRE CAN THE STORIES OR ESSAYS BE?

I am accepting any genre, fiction or non-fiction or personal narrative, as long as the piece concerns a current conservation issue. Kids can write a science fiction story with spaceships and galaxy battles; fantasies that involve dragons and knights; dystopian/apocalyptic; fairy tales; adventure; mystery—BUT the story must revolve around a current environmental crisis. I would have to approve the subject matter and if kids are having a tough time picking a topic, I can help.

No illustrations or pictures will be accepted.

HOW LONG CAN THE STORIES OR ESSAYS BE?

The word count limit will be 4,500 words (approximately 12 double-spaced pages).

WHAT IS THE REQUIRED TIME COMMITMENT FOR THE WRITERS?

There is no required time commitment outside of meeting with me one-on-one for manuscript reviews, and participating in the group workshops for peer feedback (which will be scheduled through a sign-up sheet online). Every writer should work at their own pace and write when they want to write. Some may whip through all required stages of writing and editing and proofing long before the final deadline of September 1, and that’s fine. Others may need the entire seven months to complete their work, and that’s fine. Basically, as long as the writer sends me their material at each juncture (which I will announce in plenty of time), then they will easily stay on track.

DO THE WRITERS GIVE UP ANY LEGAL RIGHTS WHEN SUBMITTING TO THIS ANTHOLOGY?

No. Each contributor fully owns the copyright to their own work included in the anthology. A copyright page will appear in the book, acknowledging each individual author as the copyright owner. I will simply have the right to publish your work in anthology form (hard copy and e-book). After that, all rights and ownership revert to each individual author; you will be able to republish your respective submission elsewhere at any time in the future without requiring any release or permission from me. In other words, you may do with your piece as you please after it is first published. The rights to the anthology itself are maintained by me: meaning that the whole book, in the form that it is released in, cannot be reprinted or republished without explicit written permission from me.

WHAT IF A WRITER WANTS TO QUIT MIDWAY THROUGH?

I offer a prorated 60-day refund if a student changes their mind and doesn’t want to participate in the anthology. After 60 days, any student is free to leave the project, but no percentage of the workshop tuition will be refunded. Any project material the student generated during that time belongs to the student and will not be used in the anthology at all.

In the event that a student misses a critical deadline that holds up the whole project—such as submission of their final proofs, etc.—then he or she will forfeit their place in our book and no refund will be given. 

ARE THERE ANY CHARGES FOR INCLUSION IN THIS BOOK?

Other than tuition for DARE TO BE A VOICE workshop—which is required for all students who want to be published in the anthology—there will be no additional fees or publishing costs. Guaranteed. Neither are individual authors obligated to purchase any copies of the book once published, although each writer will receive one free print copy.

WHAT OTHER MATERIAL MUST BE PREPARED?

Each student will be asked to write up a brief bio, which I’ll go over with them at a later date.

HOW DO I GET ON THE LIST?

PRE-REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW and this is your opportunity to reserve your spot while you think things over and talk to your young writer. (YOU ARE NOT OBLIGATED TO REGISTER BY RESERVING YOUR SPOT!) It costs nothing to reserve your spot other than a quick email to let me know! Pre-registration simply allows me to gauge interest and to ensure I answer your questions to help you decide if this project is right for your child.

Contact Kate Johnston at:

k.johnston@comcast.net

603-502-6645

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