In 2010, I hadn’t planned to write anything for World AIDS Day for Flaming Red. Not for any particular reason. It just didn’t resonate with me and I just didn’t feel like it. But then Kenn messaged me, asking if I would submit a piece for his World AIDS Day blog anthology-thing and I immediately agreed with no idea what I was going to write. In fact, I was so blocked for inspiration that I was still up in the early morning hours of December 1 with nothing written. But I had promised Kenn and I wasn’t going to bed without something submitted. So, starting to see double a bit, I poured over Angels in America, and wrote the piece now known as More Life. Kenn thought maybe it could be turned into a yearly thing among friends, but that didn’t happen.
Still in love with the idea, this year I asked Kenn if I could do it, and he said yes. Awesome, right?
So here’s what I’m looking for
- A story (interpret that as you will… e.g. picture, poem, 100 words, 1,000 words) in response to this question “how HIV/AIDS has impacted your life?” OR
- What does World AIDS Day mean to you? OR
- Let’s face it, I’m not good at following themes (shh… don’t tell Olivia!) anything and everything in between
From Kenn’s original call-out:
I would expect everything from happy to sad and/but HIV/AIDS might only be a part of a bigger story. In the narrative form, such a story would have a beginning, a middle, and an end and would include dialogue. “The end” does not mean death, necessarily, as it could simply be the end of the particular anecdote that you are recounting. It could be written from any point of view, in the first-person or otherwise.
There is one caveat, however, it must be true. That said, you can change names, identifying details, etc.
This is not a contest. All submissions will be posted on my blog aless.ca, December 1 with appropriate credit, so make sure you include how you would like your name to appear, as well as, and this is optional, a brief bio.
You can e-mail these to firstname.lastname@example.org, send them via FB message, whatever works. If you e-mail and don’t hear from me within a few days, please leave a comment below.
Alternatively, you can submit using the official submissions form, found here.
Deadline: 10PM EST December 1.