Finding Light in Unexpected Places Volume 2: Covid-19 Edition

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Palamedes Publishing
contact email: 

The Spanish Flu of 1918-19 killed somewhere between 50 to 100 million people, but it did not infect every country. The Covid-19 pandemic of 2019-20 has not killed nearly as many people, but is arguably the first event in human history that affects every person on the planet. The Greek word pándemos means “belonging to all the people.” The Covid-19 pandemic belongs to everyone. It shows, in dramatic fashion, how we are all connected.

The publication of Finding Light in Unexpected Places Volume 1 brought us many moments of light. Volume 2: Covid-19 Edition is a collection of essays about the human spirit looking unflinchingly at death. It’s about doctors and nurses who risked infection to care for the dying gasping for air. It’s about patients battling for their lives. And it’s about ordinary people discovering extraordinary pockets of light in a time of darkness.


We are not looking for essays about that "silver lining."  Instead, please share your work that confronts struggle and suffering but still manages to highlight glimmers of light and hope.    

If you have a Covid-19 story that involves discovering unexpected joy, radiance, or light:

  1. Please send your submission to
  2. In the subject line type, “Finding Light Submission.”
  3. Send the essay as a Word attachment, double-spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font. Submissions should run 100-3,000 words.
  4. In the body of the email, please include your full name and a brief biography.

Authors whose essays are selected for inclusion will not receive book royalties, but will received two copies of the paperback edition.

Please allow three months for a response. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2020. Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to reading your work.