From the Guardian book club:
I came across this ‘job’ in the Guardian job site – it’s looking for stories for an anthology.
This is a position for any woman who has a story to share about a landmark in her life and describe the ways in which it affected her. The stories will be collected in an anthology and sold to charity. The 25 successful entrants will receive a free copy of the printed anthology.
RED INK is a grassroots non-profit which aims to empower and encourage women through life writing. The stories of women from all over the world are to be published in an anthology in 2014. The first volume, ‘Rites of Passage; Rights of Womanhood’ is themed on those landmarks and milestones that many of us have to go through in life. Submissions are wanted from women who have a story to share about a life experience–whether it be a positive story or harrowing tale–and get it published in the anthology. All profit will be given to Hopeforjustice.org, the UK’s leading charity for the prevention of human trafficking.
There is no age limit for the anthology; we are accepting submissions from any woman–young or old. There are also no geographical restrictions: whether from the UK, the US, or beyond, your story is important.
There is a limit of 25 stories for the anthology, however the stories that do not get published will be circulated on the RED INK website so that the important voices behind the project will still be able to reach and help others.
If you would like to submit, please send an email with a brief outline of your story and why the subject is important to you. For more information about the project and the terms and conditions, please visit the website: redinkforum.wordpress.com
Stories should be no longer than 3, 000 words.
The deadline for submissions is 10th January 2014″
You have reached that stage in your relationship when you can spend several days arguing about a shower curtain.
Well, all the big issues are behind you: where to live, the children’s education. And, as predicted by Philip Larkin, you made a haims of it. Time to stand back and watch your children repeat history. Not in the same way perhaps, but you know the end will be similar.
You should have bought the shower curtain you saw in Tesco’s. Five pounds, job done. It was for the Spanish holiday home and, if it wasn’t perfect, what’s five pounds? A charity shop could benefit if it was useless.
But, no, he had to argue. It had to be longer. So, as all the curtains in the shops were the same length, you spent time researching on line, found a longer one and ordered it at three time the price of the Tesco’s.
In Spain you hung the curtain. It was too long.
You had to alter it.
At home you are having a new bathroom fitted. It’s not having a shower curtain. Maybe there will be nothing to argue about.