As everyone knows, bullying is a topic near and dear to my heart. Nobody deserves to be broken down and beaten up–physically or emotionally–by another person. Nobody. Ever.
And yet, we let it happen with great regularity. Even our anti-bully programs have been proven ineffective for many reasons: namely, that we are targeting our audience after their behavior patterns are set. Seldom do kids start bullying for the first time in middle school or high school. More often, these children have been exhibiting poor social skills (ie a propensity to bullying others) from their earliest school years.
Knowing all this, it is my pleasure to announce that I am heading up a middle grade anthology on bullying for Elephant’s Bookshelf Press. EBP is taking an active role in the anti-bullying movement and creating a collection of short stories that will delight young readers while empowering them to be stronger advocates for healthy relationships.
Studies show that targeting children before the age of ten and teaching them how to positively interact with each other before their behavior patterns are set is the biggest deterrent for future bullying. So, yay to EBP for recognizing this need and pulling together an anthology specifically with an eye to helping our youngsters grow socially.
- Submissions can be sent to my email address ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) with MG Anthology in the subject line.
- Submissions are due February 15, with a projected publication date of May 5.
- EBP will not be able to pay for a story, but they will send authors a gratis copy of the final anthology.
- So, spread the word, send me your stories and help ease the pain of bullying.