The world stands at a crossroads, with people fighting over how best to lead our countries and live our lives. The stakes are high. The drums beat loudly—especially with the November elections in the United States.
It’s a time for voices and votes.
In Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rose Tico, a fighter in the Resistance, says, “That’s how we’re gonna win. Not fighting what we hate. Saving what we love.”
In this spirit, we invite you to write a story (in 50 words or fewer) about a person (or group) who fights to resist the forces threatening what they hold dear. The story can be personal, fictional, or even historic.
The winner gets a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.
When the contest has been judged, we will send out a special newsletter showing the entries of the winner and finalists, also featuring brief profiles on these writers.
We hope these stories inspire us all to fight the good fight.
Here are a few sample entries from our Gotham interns:
Stepping off the train, I adjust my armor. The gold hot pants, the glitter on my cheeks, the flag in my hand. They tell a story. My costume identifies me, exposes me, and protects me. I am part of a movement of acceptance and love. We fight with pride.
I saw a light in the sky on the open highway, quickly followed by another and another. They were frantic, darting around like some wounded insect. I had anticipated their arrival. I didn’t fight as they led us in pairs onto their ships. I’d save that for later.
“Before I left home, I dressed my forehead in my own shroud,” Faiz told his platoon, moments before being deployed in Kashmir. “To them, a piece of white cloth swaying from a head. To me, a reminder of nothing behind me to look for and nothing before me to see.”
Paterson is our home. It may not be perfect, but it has heart. We will not be counted out just because the reality of our lives makes the wealthy uncomfortable. Let them see the product of their greed. Let them see that we are human beings.
Deadline: Monday November 26, 2018, 11:59 pm Eastern Time.