Friday, January 19, 2007

Helping Orphans Worldwide

My friend, the novelist Natasha Radojcic, has partnered with writer and publisher Allison Weaver in a project with two purposes: raising money for orphanages and running a literary magazine. For a $5 donation, you can contribute to the cause and--maybe--get published, too. (Scroll down: accepted manuscripts will be paid a minimum of $200--that’s a pretty decent return on investment.)

Here’s what they say:
H.O.W.; a new journal representing the vision of two writers dedicated to publishing quality fiction and nonfiction while giving a voice to those suffering in silence worldwide.

H.O.W. was started with the purpose of raising money for orphanages across the world. For each submission you send us we ask that you include a donation of five dollars. The entire sum will be donated to the orphanage we are working with at the time. This year we are focusing our attention on a small orphanage run by Haregewoin Tefarra, an Ethiopian woman, who opened her home to hundreds of children orphaned by AIDS. She now operates two houses in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

The orphanage’s mission is: to house and support children, both HIV-positive and HIV-negative; to provide food, clothing, education, and medical care; to reunite children with surviving family members whenever possible; to seek new family situations if necessary through licensed inter-country adoption agencies from North America and Europe; and to promote employment among adults living with AIDS.

Submission Guidelines:
1. Please submit one story, or essay, at a time. Submit clearly typed manuscripts, double-spaced on 8 1/2 x 11 inch white paper, one side only, to: H.O.W. 22 West 15th street (apt 3B), NYC, 10011. The submission must contain your name, address, e-mail address, and a telephone number where you can be reached. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope or we cannot guarantee your work will be responded to or returned. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please let us know immediately, if your submission is accepted elsewhere. It takes up to 4 months to respond to submissions. We do not accept submissions via fax or email.

2. The word-length limit is roughly 8,000 words.

3. After edits are done to our satisfaction, writers will receive a payment. Payment varies according to the length and genre of the submission, but we pay $200.00 minimum for fiction and nonfiction. We buy First Serial Rights; nonexclusive, and one-time anthology rights. Authors proof their galleys and receive 2 copies of the issue in which their work appears.

4. All manuscripts are carefully considered. Due to the large number of submissions, we regret that we cannot comment on every manuscript.

5. Do not forget to include a check for $5.00 made out to Helping Orphans Worldwide, or else the submission will NOT be read.

Natasha Radojcic
earned her MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Pindeldyboz, The Boston Review and Small Spiral Notebook. Her two novels, Homecoming and You Don’t Have to Live Here, both published by Random House, have been translated into seven languages.

Alison Weaver earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from The New School University. Her short fiction has appeared in Small Spiral Notebook, Opium Magazine, Red China and The Fifth Street Review. Her memoir, Gone to the Crazies, will be published by Harper Collins this July.


Karissa Chen said...

hi i googled this bc i wsa looking for some info on this literary magazine (was forwarded some info on this). do u kno if the stories have to be of any particular theme (does it have to do with something about orphans, etc), or can it be about anything?

Unknown said...

Angelle--I don't know for sure but there is nothing in the flier to suggest that and, in fact, the flier stresses their committment to good writing, so I suspect that anything is fine...

MrWrite said...

Jason Sitzes of the Writers Retreat Workshop told me about the HOW writing contest. Cheers for you. Great cause. I read the submissions specs, but ... are there parameters about TYPE of entries? Must it be a short story? I write nonfiction, and am a newspaper columnist. Much of my stuff is commentary in the 1,000-word range. Some are, in fact, short stories -- but VERY short. Would my entry qualify for consideration? Best of luck on this project. -- david in kansas city

Unknown said...

Hi David--I'm just the messenger here, but it looks like they'll take nonfiction (no poetry yet). Give it a shot! And good luck!!!--Anne

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