As a few authors have dropped their chapters, there is still space to contribute! Please reach out as soon as possible (1 September, at the latest), to find out more.
Invitation to Contribute
As the public and media have grown increasingly engaged with humanitarian issues, a few works have emerged to provide a glimpse into the real lives of aid workers and the people and communities whom they assist. This volume will capture compelling narratives from those in the humanitarian and human rights fields to entertain, inform, and inspire its readers. While the chapters may at times analyse and critique international humanitarian action – pointing out flaws and suggesting improvements – the book’s primary purpose is to emotionally engage with those affected by the crisis and those delivering aid. We’re not talking about case studies – we’re talking about personal stories.
Each chapter will range from 6,000 to 8,000 words, with a preference for those at the shorter end of this range. Chapters should generally be focused on a particular incident or narrow time period and are expected to focus on issues such as:
Of course, the points above are illustrative and not exhaustive. If you are interested in contributing to this volume, please Contact Us or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The chapter summary should both demonstrate the experience/narrative you wish to tell and should also demonstrate your writing abilities. Keep in mind that most chapters should revolve around – or at least begin with – a single experience (e.g., an hour, a day a week) or with another narrow issue (e.g., a single relationship or decision). Submissions which are broader and deal with one’s reflections on humanitarian work, for instance, are not encouraged. Readers should get to know and empathize with individuals in these chapters.
Note: If you want to tell a deeply personal story but are worried about issues such as your reputation or relations with past or future employers, we can discuss how to present these (including through the potential use of pseudonyms).