Helpful Resources in a Time of Uncertainty #29

Here’s a great online publishing opportunity for writers 60 and older from McSweeney’s:

Click here to access this resource.

“The whole world needs In the past few weeks, the voices and even the lives of older people have been marginalized, scapegoated, written off. Most recently, certain politicians have presented a false and horrifying choice — either we protect citizens over 60 or we save the economy.

We thought it was time to hear their voices. They are living this anxious, troubled moment like no one else. Every day we will add more stories to this mosaic — some tragic, some wistful, some full of levity and hope. They will be at the top of this page every morning.

Please add your voice.

A Force Outside Myself: Citizens Over 60 Speak is a project where we publish the voices of people over 60. They are being marginalized and even written off. It’s time we hear from them.

Here’s how you can help:

  • If you are 60 or older, we’re interested in your thoughts right now and hope you can write a short first-person narrative. (100-500 words)
  • If not, ask your parents, grandparents to write something or interview them and put their thoughts into a first-person oral history. (100-500 words)
  • Send it to us. Include the narrator’s birth year and their current city and state or other location.

Prompts you can send along:

  • How are you feeling about the national mood now?
  • Compare it to other times in your life, other crises in your lifetime. How does it compare?
  • What should the citizens of the US know about you and your place in our society?
  • Tell us stories from your life. Things that might give us strength or a smile.
  • What gives you hope right now?

Obviously, many entries will be sad and fearful. Those are part of the mosaic of voices we want to hear from, but we also value levity, too. Details matter, what you’re specifically experiencing matters. This doesn’t have to be an essay with the star spangled banner playing behind it, the personal is powerful.

McSweeney’s reserves the right to edit entries for length and clarity. Please include the author’s current city and state or other location and their birth year. Names can be altered or abbreviated if privacy is a concern.

Send entries to Kitania Folk at aforce@mcsweeneys.net and watch our site for ongoing updates.

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