One House. Many Stories.

How to participate in THE international short-story

Hey! We hope you are doing good in these times! In the following we want to introduce to you our international short story project.

If you are already familiar with the project and wonder when you can FINALLY get your copy of the end result:

We have worked hard on the book over the last weeks, edited some small things, designed a cover page and found a printing company. Now, the book is ready for printing!

We were so glad about the support and enthusiasm we received from everyone for this project and want to spread the love even further. You can buy the book for a small donation and support the education of the book authors of the next generation. 

Through Robin’s old High School we got in contact with Brother Augustinus from the Franziskaner Mission who is collecting donations for the Frei Alberto school in Brazil every year. The collective donations from the book will go to the completely donation-based school in Brazil to help digitalize the children’s schooling in this pandemic! More than before the school has struggled to keep educating their pupils while supporting the poorest families of the community in their basic needs. To assist in this mission and support children’s education and their families needs, we want to dedicate our collectively written book to the Frei Alberto school.
We will cover the cost for the printing of the book, so that your entire donation will go to the Frei Alberto school. We have a local contact person at the school to make sure that the entire sum will be received and used where needed most. If you want more information about the Frei Alberto School, just shoot us a mail!

Read about the idea behind the project

It all began in the beginning of April. We were skyping and joked about how amazing it would be to write a short story together, each of us writing a page a day always receiving the last sentence of the other persons page before starting our next one, linking them together by only knowing this last sentence. One thing led to another and here we were. Sending us the last sentences of our pages back and forth. We wanted to see how this adventurous book-writing develops and how our quite different characters mirror in our style as well as in the content of writing.The first story is already ready be read (you can find it under “The Project – Together. Separated.”) and now we want to expand our project. And for this we need you!

In these days that countries are closing borders, travelling is restricted and governments are mainly concerned with national issues, we want to connect and create something together across national borders. We want to create an internationally written short story about life, about whatever drives you and about friendship and family! The limit is your own imagination.

Everyone who participates gets assigned a two day period they can more or less choose themselves according to their time schedule. But don’t worry, you won’t need much time to take part! At the beginning of your two day time period, you will receive the very first page of the story (written by us, containing some basics of the story like perspective and potential theme and characters) and the last written page so far. So the one written by the person before you. The page you would link yours to. Then you have two days to write your page and send it back to us. We will then take this page and send it to the next person. You are pretty free in what you can write and it is supposed to reflect something of yourself. It can be through your style of writing, by weaving your daily life or today’s thoughts into the story or any other way. You can either further develop the story line of the page before yours, start a new characters story or write some kind of excursion of thoughts as long as it roughly links to the page written before you. At the end it is your story as much as it is ours and everyone else’s!

We had a lot of fun reading our first story and actually seeing ourselves reflected in the way we wrote our parts. We are really excited about this new story and hopefully we were able to get you excited as well!

If you want to participate by contributing one page, click on the doodle link below and assign yourself to a time slot. First come, first serve! Please only sign up for dates that are still available. 🙂 After you have done so, fill-out the contact form below, so we have your contact details. If it’s okay for you, you’re welcome to also add your nationality. This way we will be able to see how far our story has extended over the globe so far!

Best wishes and stay well!

How to participate

So far this project is finished and the book is closed. However, if we start a second edition we will let you know through our newsletter. So make sure to sign up below!

Save yourself a copy of the book & contact us:

Let us know until Sunday, 15th August if you want to have a printed issue. The week after we will go into print! Ebook versions can be acquired until the 31st August, afterwards the donations will collectively be sent to Frei Alberto. 

Provide us with the following info in the contact form below: 

  1. your name 
  2. do you want a paperback or ebook version 
  3. your address, if you want us to send you the book

Add your nationality if you like 🙂
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