Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tales for Canterbury: Help Earthquake Victims

This post has nothing to do with National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, but I think you'll forgive me.  I was so sad to hear about the earthquake that devastated Christchurch and the Canterbury region of New Zealand, not long because the disaster is a terrible tragedy but also because that area of the world is dear to my heart.  I spent a semester of my junior year of college studying in the southern part of New Zealand and Christchurch was one of the many places I visited that I loved.  When I came across the following post from Tales for Canterbury by J.C.Hart on Liza Kane's blog I wanted to help spread the word.  The main idea is that an anthology of short stories is being put together whose profits will go to the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal.  Read on for details!

Christchurch, New Zealand, and the wider Canterbury region, was rocked yesterday (22.2.11) by another round of serious earthquakes. This time they struck during the middle of the day causing more devastation, and loss of life, to a city still trying to pick up the pieces from last September’s quakes.

In an attempt to do something, anything, to make a difference, we are putting together an anthology of short stories loosely themed around survival, hope and the future. All profits of this anthology will be donated to the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal, or another registered charity aimed at aiding those in need in Canterbury.

The purpose of this Anthology is two-fold—to help financially, but also, we hope, to provide entertainment and alleviation in a time of crisis. We hope that our words will help make a difference.

We have already begun to approach authors, and the response is encouraging. Mainly due to time pressures, this anthology will be by invitation. However, if you are an established writer, and keen to contribute, please feel free to get in touch with us at just.cassie.hart@gmail.com. We are looking for stories between 1,500 and 5,000 words, of fairly upbeat nature in the general, literary, science fiction or fantasy genres.

Feel free to repost this and get the word out!

If you are not a writer but want to help, visit the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal to donate.  


  1. Ugh, I have a friend who lives out there with her 6 year old daughter. Her house was in shambles after the last earthquake, and this one totaled the place they were renting. Thankfully they are alive, and they have taken refuge across town with some friends. But not everyone has that option :( I can't even imagine.. thanks for sharing the video footage. I hadn't seen any yet.

  2. So sad~ makes me want to take someone in~ and it makes me worry about my little house on a hill. I didn't consider quakes when I bought my house, only floods :(Seriously will keep them in prayer.


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