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Sunday, Aug. 12th, 2007 | 03:13 pm
posted by: apythia in phoenixchat

Our experiences with Phoenix Rising, Harry Potter fandom and New Orleans inspired us to take things a step further and create Tears of the Phoenix, a nonprofit literary charitable organization that is currently accepting submissions of stories and art for an anthology whose profits will benefit Rebuild New Orleans Public Library.

In May of 2007, hundreds of fans of Harry Potter came to New Orleans for Phoenix Rising. They came to celebrate a city that had been struck with tragedy, weighed down by destruction, burdened with an uphill battle to rebuild what many said should just die a graceless death. They came to celebrate the written word, specifically a story about a boy struck with tragedy, weighed down by the mission to save the world, burdened with a lightning-shaped scar.

That’s why we came, but what we found once we were there was a much better story. We saw a city that was rising from the ashes to be reborn into something new, something awe-inspiring, something truly worth telling about. We found a group of fans who surprised us with their enthusiasm, their devotion, and their truly immense talents.

Although most of the participants didn’t venture to the parts of New Orleans still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, we did get to see the devastation of one of the things most of us hold most dear: their libraries. Author Rachel Caine, who had taken up the cause of Rebuilding New Orleans Public Library project during the conference by raising awareness and money, showed us what had been lost and what we could do to help.

But giving money wasn’t enough. We wanted to do more.

So we created Tears of the Phoenix, a nonprofit, literary charitable organization dedicated to promoting the written word. Our LJ community is




We are compiling an anthology of original fiction inspired by 20 prompts submitted b New Orleans librarians as written by members of the Harry Potter fandom. We’re asking the talented fan fiction writers, artists and musicians to put their Harry Potter-inspired pens, paints and lyrics down for a brief time and pick up the worlds, characters and settings inspired by people who might never get a story told for them.

Through December 1, 2007, we will be accepting submissions inspired by these prompts (or any combination thereof) in the form of drabble, flash fiction, poems, short stories and drawings. We will also be accepting submissions for cover art. A panel of editors will announce the selected works February 1, 2008. We are looking to accept as many as possible, while keeping the book at a reasonable size. The book will be published in June 2008. It will be available for purchase through Amazon and Borders. And again, ALL profits from the sale of the anthology will be donated to the Rebuilding New Orleans Public Library project.

Join us in proving that a love of stories can, in fact, make a difference in the world, because Fandom cares!

N. Apythia Morges

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from: southernwitch69
date: Monday, Aug. 13th, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)

saved info to faves :)

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from: apythia
date: Monday, Aug. 13th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)

Great! I hope you'll participate and help convince others to do so as well!

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from: phoenix_amy
date: Monday, Aug. 13th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)

This is truly wonderful, Apythia.

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from: apythia
date: Tuesday, Aug. 14th, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)

We hope we'll be able to do some good. We figured it's win-win for everyone: writers get published, and Rebuild New Orleans Public Library gets some money.

*crosses fingers and hopes people participate*

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