Thursday, December 2, 2010

"GUMBO FOR THE SOUL" Call for Submissions


"Gumbo for the Soul: Men of Honor"
Call for Submissions Deadline Extended to March 2, 2011

The fourth title in the "Gumbo for the Soul" anthology series is "Gumbo for the Soul: Men of Honor," a compilation of literary offerings in which contributing writers celebrate Men of Honor impacting their respective lives with purpose. The book will salute fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, friends, mentors, uncles, brothers, nephews, husbands and boos, too! Both--best-selling authors and celebrated keynote speakers--George C. Fraser and Julia Hare, Ph.D. will contribute to the book.

NATIONWIDE: Just one month after the launch of the well-received anthology "Gumbo for the Soul: Women of Honor," Gumbo for the Soul Publications (GFTS) founder Beverly Black Johnson announced that George C. Fraser (Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc.) and Dr. Julia Hare (National Executive Director of The Black Think Tank) have joined the GFTS family with the fourth upcoming title "Gumbo for the Soul: Men of Honor." Fraser will pen the book's foreword and Dr. Hare will contribute literary works featuring exceptional men that she has chosen to honor. To allow for this anthology to be the most comprehensive, Johnson and co-compiler Bruce George (co-founder of Def Poetry Jam) have extended the deadline for submissions of poetry, prose, essays and short stories to March 2, 2011. The book, which is planned to be released in time for Father's Day, is dedicated in loving memory of Johnson's father, Homer J. Black (April 22, 1931 to July 22, 2009).

"Gumbo for the Soul: Men of Honor" reflects the stories woven into our legacy, carried by time and preserved with love. Contributing writers will share inspirational stories, quotes and poetry reflecting on the past and present times where their respective men of honor made a difference in their lives. Proceeds from the book will benefit Project Fatherhood, a non-profit organization that addresses the problem of absentee fathers.

Founded in 1996 by Dr. Hershel Swinger, Project Fatherhood re-engages low-income fathers, particularly in urban settings, in the care and upbringing of their children. Through therapy, support, parenting education and other services fathers learn to be more loving, responsible parents and active participants in their children's lives Project Fatherhood reports over 40% of America's households are families without fathers. Gumbo for the Soul Publications and Project Fatherhood invite you to help change the statistics and make a difference by supporting and contributing to this publication. All writers are invited to contribute works to the inspirational and self-healing anthology.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Deadline March 2, 2011
for Gumbo for the Soul: Men of Honor
(Anticipated release June 2011)

Submit to:

Gumbo for the Soul: Men of Honor
Book cover "Fatherhood"
Illustrated by Synthia SAINT JAMES

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Previously published GUMBO FOR THE SOUL Anthologies
Gumbo for the Soul: Women of Honor Special Pink Edition
(Oct. 2010, ISBN: 978-0979047916, $11.95 U.S.)
BOOK COVER: "Sisters of Courage" by Synthia SAINT JAMES
PROCEEDS Benefit: Sisters Network, Inc. San Francisco Chapter

Gumbo for the Soul: Here's Our Child-Where's the Village?
(Nov. 2008, ISBN: 978-1440101267, $11.95 U.S.)
BOOK COVER: "Grandmother Spirit" by Synthia SAINT JAMES
FOREWORD By: Tee C. Royal, founder of RAWSISTAZ Literary Group
PROCEEDS Benefit: African Cradle, Inc., an inter-country child adoption agency

Gumbo for the Soul: the Recipe for Literacy in the Black Community
(April 2007, ISBN: 978-0595429073, $24.95)
BOOK COVER: "With Honors" by Synthia SAINT JAMES
FOREWORD By: Heather Covington, author of Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most
Admired African American Women in Literature and NAACP Image Award Nominee
PROCEEDS Benefit: Gumbo for the Soul Scholarship Awareness Program

GEORGE C. FRASER, Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc., is a best-selling author and highly demanded motivational and keynote speaker. He founded FraserNet, Inc. 20 years ago with the vision to lead a global networking movement that brings together diverse human resources to increase opportunities for people of African descent. Fraser is considered by many to be a new voice for African Americans and one of the foremost authorities on economic development, networking and building effective relationships.

BRUCE GEORGE, a talented poet, author, educator, entrepreneur, activist, and Peabody and Tony Award winner is co-founder of Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam on HBO. He signed on with Gumbo for the Soul Publications as Director of Business Development in 2007. George was the visionary for "Women of Honor" and is co-compiler, along with Beverly Black Johnson, of "Men of Honor."

JULIA HARE, PH.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, best-selling author and National Executive Director of The Black Think Tank. The gifted speaker is in demand both nationally and internationally. She is a product of Tulsa's "Black Wall Street" where she has been inducted into the Booker T. Washington Hall of Fame. In its May 2008 issue, Ebony magazine named Dr. Hare among its "Ebony Power 150: the Most Influential Blacks in America."

Listen to blog talk radio interview with the "Gumbo for the Soul" family as they discuss the recently-released "Gumbo for the Soul: Women of Honor." TODAY, DECEMBER AT 4pm PST

"From the Heart & Soul" Radio Show with Lady Serenity; featuring "Gumbo for the Soul" anthology contributor and breast cancer survivor Crystal Brown-Tatum along with Beverly Black Johnson, founder of Gumbo for the Soul Publications.

Toni Beckham
209-832-8020 / 408-499-3664

Beverly Black Johnson

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