Donating Net Proceeds to Communities in Need
We started the Pact Press anthologies to tell the stories of the marginalized and afflicted, those who felt oppressed by circumstance, thwarted by society or who were struggling to give voice to their narrative. We have selected several themes that we felt were pertinent to the modern world, and welcome ongoing submissions of poetry, short fiction, essays, articles or interviews for the upcoming anthologies.
Anthology#1: Speak and Speak Again
Our inaugural anthology, Speak and Speak Again, was published in May of 2017. It was featured in reading events at California’s Book Passage, A Great Place for Good Books, and Kaleidoscope Cafe. It was also selected as a August Book Bash title at Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, N.C. The net proceeds of this work are being donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center to support their fine work battling discrimination.
Anthology#2: Howling Up to the Sky
Our second anthology, Howling Up to the Sky, was published February 2, 2018. The opioid epidemic is devastating and affects an ever-increasing number of individuals – those afflicted as well as those who love them, and those who spend their professional lives treating them. For many of us, however, the epidemic is conveyed through news bites and statistics; we have no real understanding of what this battle is about in human terms, for those that are struggling with addiction on a daily basis. In this next anthology, we seek to shine a light on the crisis, to illuminate the human impact by publishing the stories of those who are deeply engaged in the opioid epidemic. Net proceeds from the sale of this anthology are donated to Shatterproof.org, a New York-based nonprofit that provides significant aid to individuals and families afflicted by this disease.
Anthology#3: We Refugees
We invite contributions to an anthology of writing by and about refugees, asylum seekers, and other forced migrants. We seek a range of formats and styles, including poetry, personal reflections, essays, and short stories.The anthology will amplify the voices of displaced people and bring their experiences to the awareness of readers. We also welcome submissions from people working or interacting closely with refugees and other displaced people.
Our aim is to provide insights into the lives of the displaced, insights that are often ignored in contemporary media accounts of the global refugee crisis. Rather than present a vision of crisis, we would like to present a vision of hope and energy, to celebrate the resilience of people who have been forced to leave their homes and seek new ones. Contributions that may discomfort or challenge readers, presenting the experience of displacement in a manner at odds with more typical representations, will be readily considered. Preference will be given to submissions that may motivate readers to engage further with the issue of displacement, or that incorporate ways for readers to act constructively on behalf of displaced people.
For more information, please visit our Call For Submissions post.