Spring Benefit Book: The Least of These

Critical Press Media is committed to publishing two books annually for the purpose of raising money and awareness for selected charities. This presents an ideal opportunity for amateur writers, writing enthusiasts, and students to get professional critical feedback on their writing and possibly even publish a story! No submission will be turned away unread!

Matthew 25:34-40 (NIV)

34″Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Critical Press Media’s first Benefit project for 2010 will be part of Compassion 365, the year-long campaign by the Christian New Media Group to raise awareness and funds for Compassion International. We are looking for original fiction by new and upcoming authors with a passion for emotional storytelling, thought-provoking and well-reasoned essays where critical reasoning is brought to bear on the topic, and riveting news articles documenting the impact of suffering on humanity and the efforts of individuals and relief organizations.

Manuscripts suitable for the project will be:

  • 200-10,000 words in length
  • belong to any genre or style
  • use an act of compassion as a key element of the manuscript

What is an act of compassion?

“Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.”

The passage in Matthew defines six states of being wherein an act of compassion performed as ministry to another is actually service rendered to the Lord: hunger, thirst, alienation, vulnerability, sickness, and imprisonment.  A manuscript ideally suited to this project will treat one of these conditions as a central element or theme, and demonstrates the effects of these conditions both on the afflicted and their deliverer.

Don’t second-guess your story, send it in and let us read it!

Deadline for manuscript submission is June 1, 2010. No new manuscript submissions will be accepted after June 1.  Manuscripts should be submitted in the body of an email, or as an email attachment in HTML, DOC, RTF, or ODT format to winstonc@criticalpressmedia.com with the words “manuscript submission” in the subject line. Please include a brief synopsis of your submission and a few lines about you personally in the body of the email.  Remember, we’re looking for information, not ad copy.

All submissions will be read by the editorial staff at Critical Press Media, and authors will receive a detailed response about the manuscript’s strengths, weaknesses, and general marketability. If the manuscript is suitable for the project, editors will continue to work with the author until the project is complete. All authors published in the final project will receive a copy of the final book in print and e-book formats.

Critical Press Media is not associated with Compassion International, but we desire the Benefit Book to reflect the core values of that organization.

Now quit reading and start writing!

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