Genre: Creative non-fiction
What: Short to medium length pieces (2,000 to 4,000 words approximately) on end-of-life experiences. We’re looking for a rich mix of stories: those that illustrate what it means to die a “good death” as well as those that highlight some of the ways in which our health-care system is failing the dying.
Where: This blog. View the previous posts for examples of the kind of piece we’re looking for.
When: We’re posting one story a week for as long as we have sufficient material and interest. We hope to be able to put together an anthology of these stories at some point, although we can make no promises about that at this time.
Why: The aim is to contribute to the discussion on how we treat the dying in the 21st Century. For example, between 70 percent and 86 percent of Canadians die without access to palliative care, and despite two decades of lobbying and research Canada is still without a federal palliative care strategy. Personal stories can impact the debate by drawing human stories out of the statistics.
How: Contact Phil Dwyer at firstname.lastname@example.org to pitch a story.