Nightmaretrails Blog

The Project!

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicholas on February 24, 2010

Welcome to the Nightmare Trails at Knifepoint literacy project, a companion to the Nightmare Trails novella. This project is inspired by recent experiments that harness creative talent in the service of a larger social good, such as Significant Objects (for 826 National and Girls Write Now) and the Inglourious Basterds poser auction (for Haiti).

WHAT IS IT?

In this case, all proceeds from auctioned Nightmare Trails at Knifepoint posters will go directly to Proliteracy Detroit, a non-profit organization that has been operating for over 25 years and that is the largest literacy organization in Michigan. Shockingly, it is estimated that over 44% of Metro Detroit citizens are functionally illiterate; there has never been a time of greater need than now. Proliteracy Detroit currently has a waiting list of over 600 people who need help. Unfortunately, the organization does not have the monetary resources to accommodate this demand.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

1. Each month, beginning in March 2010, a new installment of the Nightmare Trails at Knifepoint novella will be made available here in PDF format. Each installment is part of an ongoing novella, but will also stand alone as a short story.

2. Graphic artists, designers, are free to download and read the novella, and create a poster, in one of these sizes: 11 x 17, 18 x 24, 24 x 36, or the standard movie size 27 x 41.

3. By the designated due date (to be announced each month) poster images will be mailed electronically to nrombes@hotmail.com. Designers can also send a printed poster via snail mail if they wish.

4. A team of judges from the graphic design/arts field (tba) will select the top 2 or 3 posters, which will then be auctioned at eBay, with ALL proceeds going directly to Proliteracy Detroit.

5. All those who submit posters–even if theirs is not selected for auction–will have them displayed at this site, along with a brief bio of the artist and a link to a relevant website.