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Submit your story about the Health MDGs
Voices of the Health Millennium Development Goals
Submit your story below about the Health MDGs by July 31, 2013 and win $1000!
Who We Are
Thirteen years ago a historic thing happened--- 192 countries agreed to do what they individually and collectively could to meet the ambitious, but achievable, Millennium Development Goals, and halve the number of people living in extreme poverty. While the job to complete these goals rests on all of us, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed several individuals to lead different aspects of this effort. In 2008 Ray Chambers was appointed the first Special Envoy for Malaria, charged with covering all those in need with the life saving interventions that would lead to near zero deaths from malaria by 2015. Earlier in 2013 Mr. Chambers’ role was expanded, and he is now the Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals.
In this position Mr. Chambers is taking the fight to the broader public, and iswriting a regular column in the Huffington Post to engage readers in the final Big Push to achieving the MDGs by 2015. While part of this fight to prevent child and maternal deaths will take place in the halls of governments across the globe, the real work will continue to be done by the people living every day with these disease and challenges. We want these voices to be heard, and plan to incorporate a story from a hero in the field in every column. We’re looking for your help to find those stories, and empower those who would not normally feel the freedom to stretch their works into writing.
In addition to these stories being used in our column, the full texts will be published in a separate online publication, which we hope will encourage emerging writers across the globe to reveal the dedication of their work, into creativity, and to share the product of this to inspire millions.
This space is open to all individuals past and present—from aid workers installing wells and birthing attendants delivering health babies, to fathers caring for undernourished babies.
Our ultimate goal is inspiration through publication; we want to hear your voices. We want to hear of your trials and accomplishments. We don’t need the hard hitting facts, we are not looking for statistics or journalism, but close quarter stories of what the challenges and successes really look like: healthy babies born in clinics with skilled attendants; supplies reaching pharmacies despite civil unrest; mothers no longer having to chose which children sleep under the bednet because she has another. And what you, , did to make a difference. So much is lost through distance and media and apathy. Yet we recognize the motivational power that results from new and powerful stories. And we are looking for your story. A story that reads and feels like fiction told through personal experience, and yet is so intangibly wild that it has to be real.
We’re only interested in original, nonfiction stories under 2,500 words, and may even be slightly more likely to take a chance on shorter stories. We will consider stories that are slightly longer than 2,500, but we really must put our foot down at some point—in other words, we simply will not read anything over 3,500 words.
The competition will run every month—with up to three winners selected each month. Each winner will receive $1000. To be considered for that month’s competition, all work must be submitted before the 1st day of the month.
We do not accept: Fiction, theoretical, scholarly, or critical essays, editorials, history reports or literary criticism.
The first entry deadline is July 31, 2013.
How to submit
Use the form below.
Do you accept multiple submissions?
Please don’t. Send us one, let us respond, and then send another.
Do you accept simultaneous submissions?
Yes. Just please be kind enough to withdraw your submission from us if you’re lucky enough to have it published somewhere else.
What do you mean by “original nonfiction?”
All unsolicited submissions must be new stories. Although we try to employ common sense in dealing with edge cases (translations, significant expansions, etc.), “original” means “not previously published.” We might reprint stories in the future. And as for “nonficition” that means these stories must be true. We know we can’t fact check every last detail but we’re using the honor system. There are plenty of other fiction competitions out there.
Have you read my story?
We will reply to everything we’ve finished evaluating.