Are you a writer? Do you have cat? Do you want to make your cat famous and raise money for a good cause?
The goal of this idea is simple. We want to raise as much money as we can for a cat rescue charity in the UK.
There are many of them around the world, and many large organisations that rescue cats and care for them. The idea is to raise money for one of the smaller ones, where even a small amount of money, would make a big difference. These organisations are usually run by volunteers in the community, so every pound or dollar will help.
All profit from sale of the calendars will go to Midlands Animal Rescue Team (MART) a registered UK charity based in the West Midlands in the UK.
Please read the rules carefully and follow the instructions below.
Send in your photo before 1st June 2022
The 3 judges will then review the entries and produce a shortlist in September
Those chosen 12 will be informed in September
The charity cat calendar will be available to order in November with an early December deadline, to ensure delivery in time for Christmas 2022
We will arrange with an online company to print, pack and post the calendars
- You must have 1 work of published and completed fiction (Traditional, Self Published, or Small Press)
- You can only submit 1 photo for the whole calendar (It must be between 2MB and 5MB in a jpeg, tif, or png format).
- It must be your cat. You cannot borrow a cat from someone else!
- The photo should include the cat and almost anything else is optional. The goal is to promote cats, how cute they are and in turn, help rescue cats, not your books. If you include books in the photo, please do not pose the cat on the books, or put them on a book fort etc. They can be in the background. The cuter the better.
- The photos can be seasonal to suit a specific month if you want to better your chances.
- Please do not include people in the photo, for legal reasons.
- In addition to the photo, include the name of your cat, and your name.
- You agree to forfeit the rights for the image being used in the calendar.
- The judges decision is final because they all have cats and are therefore qualified to judge cuteness!
- Stretch goals. If we hit £500 in profit, we will add a second cat rescue charity chosen by the judges in the UK and the money will be equally split. If we hit £750 it will go up to three charities and split three ways.
Please put the Subject of your email as Charity Cat Calendar 2023 and send your email to charitycats2022 [AT] gmail [DOT] com
Gabriela Houston is a London-based writer. Her debut novel, The Second Bell was published in March 2021 by Angry Robot books. Her second novel, The Wind Child, was published in February 2022.
Sammy H. K. Smith
Sammy H.K Smith lives and works in Oxfordshire UK as a police detective. Her latest novel, Anna, was published in May 2021 by Rebellion Books.
Stephen Aryan lives in the West Midlands and writes fantasy novels. His debut novel, Battlemage, was published in 2015. His seventh novel, The Coward was published in June 2021 by Angry Robot books.