The deadline for submitting a story to be considered for the Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Short Story collection is one week away. Stories can be emailed (firstname.lastname@example.org) up until Friday March 31st 11:59 pm or postmark-dated March 31st.
The goal of the fictional short story collection is to pay tribute to the many victims, survivors and heroes who emerged from the disaster, to remember their stories and to educate readers further on the life-changing event of the twin cities of Halifax and Dartmouth.
To learn more, visit Call for Submissions.
Names. We all have them. Every character in a book who wants to be remembered has one. It might be Susan O’Toole or Frederick Butler or Dino, but readers need a name, a handle to use when they talk about their most favourite and least favourite characters.
On December 6, 2017, Halifax, Nova Scotia, will commemorate the one hundred anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. More than two thousand people were killed and another nine thousand were injured from the biggest man-made explosion of its time.
In December 1917, Canada was at war with the Central Powers in Europe (Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey). The ice-free harbour of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was strategically placed, making it a vital link to the conflict overseas. It was the perfect staging ground for trans-Atlantic convoys. Military personnel from across the country congregated in Halifax, Dartmouth and Bedford. They either prepared to be shipped overseas or remained at military facilities to help with the war effort on this side of the Atlantic. Civilian men and women also came for many reasons, including to work as labourers.