Sunday, December 4, 2011

Spec the Halls Anthology Raises Money for Charity

Today, Steven Saus is here to tell you about an exciting holiday anthology that is raising money for Heifer International, an organization that helps struggling families all over the world help themselves with a gift of livestock. Please read what Steven has to say and follow the link to purchase some wonderful stories and support a good cause!

My name is Steven Saus; I'm an author and publisher. I run Alliteration Ink, where I both publish original work and also provide publishing services. This year, I've taken up the mantle of running Spec The Halls from Abra Staffin-Wiebe. There's both a writing contest and a charity fundraiser. Right now, I'm doing a bit of a blog tour to support the fundraiser; each entry talks about something different, so you'll want to stop by them all. You can see a full linklist of the guest posts at and read more about the whole project (and get the charity eBook) at

Although I've spent a lot of time focusing on - and promoting - the charity aspect of Spec The Halls, it didn't start that way.

Originally, Spec The Halls was a contest with the aim of encouraging more speculative fiction, especially that based on and around the winter holidays. That is how I first came into contact with it, when Abra Staffin-Weibe was at the helm. I think it's really important to keep that part of Spec The Halls going, especially with the addition of the charity eBook.

Selected entries from this year's contest will form the core of next year's eBook. So not only will entrants get wonderful karma from sharing great fiction with the public and the chance to win cash prizes, but they will also have the chance to get a publishing credit and help with the charity next year.

Entries will be judged by crack teams of professional authors and editors, so you'll also have the chance for your work to come to their attention as well. All around, there's no reason not to enter!

This year's edition of Spec The Halls is only available for a limited time, so act quickly to get your copy!

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